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RHP/1B Bryson Hutchinson talks Mississippi State commitment

Spruce Creek (Port Orange, FL) High School class of 2017 first baseman/right-hand pitcher Bryson Hutchinson talked about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Bryson Hutchinson
  • Classification: 2017
  • Position: RHP/1B
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-5.5, 260
  • Bats-Throws: R/R
  • High School: Spruce Creek High School (Port Orange, FL)
  • Travel Team: FTB Tucci
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

Hutchinson visited Mississippi State with his dad most of the day Monday.

"The visit was amazing," he said. "When we first got there the feeling of the town was great. I loved it. The scenery was great. I went to a couple of restaurants while I was there and the people are so nice. I can definitely see how players fall in love with the people and the support they give them.

"The baseball field itself was amazing. I saw where the fans set up in left field. Although they weren't there today, I could picture them in it. (Mississippi State head coach John Cohen) showed me a video of what the field is going to look like after the renovation. I fell in love with it.

"After that he showed me the academic part, which is one of the most important things. He also told me the plan of how it will work when I get there. After that we went and saw different facilities.

"Facility-wise there are a lot of facilities in the SEC that are really, really nice, but there is something (special) about Mississippi State, the feeling of it."

After his tour of the facilities he met with Cohen in his office.

"I went into Coach Cohen's office with (Mississippi State pitching) Coach (Gary) Henderson," said Hutchinson, a Perfect Game 1st Team Preseason Underclass All America. "We went over a power point about what I would be doing as a player, the players that have played at Mississippi State and other things like that. After that, he offered me, then we went to lunch. I talked it over with my dad and made the decision to commit. It was a pretty easy decision. When I got back from lunch (Cohen) asked me how it was and I said great. I sat down and he asked me if I had any questions or concerns. That is when I told him that I wanted to be a Bulldog. He was on the verge of sitting down and got back up and came over and shook my hand. He was really, really excited."

Mississippi State jumped into the recruiting picture after the talented dual-position player decommitted from Kentucky.

"I was recently committed to Kentucky," said Hutchinson. "I committed to (then head coach Gary) Henderson. Of course, when I heard that he was leaving it pretty much was a no-brainer that I was going to decommit. But I didn't decommit thinking that I was going to follow him.

"Once (Henderson) heard that I had decommitted from Kentucky he called me and told me that he wanted me to visit Mississippi State. My plan was that I was going to go on a couple of official visits when I could during my senior year. I told him that I was really busy this summer and have gone to a lot of events and that I was going to use the time in between events to work out and improve myself as a player. But he told me that he really wanted me to reconsider and visit Mississippi State because they had a legitimate offer that they wanted to give me. I talked to my dad and he told me that he really thought that I should visit Mississippi State because it is a great school. So, I said, alright, let's do it."

Mississippi State was one of several schools that called him after he decommitted.

"In the first 24 hours after I decommitted I had calls from 15 schools," said Hutchinson, who is rated a 10 by Perfect Game, the highest rating they give. "They were schools like Florida, Coastal Carolina, Mississippi State, Auburn, West Virginia, Alabama, FSU, USF, Georgia, FIU, Southeastern and a few others.

"I cut my list down to five schools - West Virginia, University of Florida, Mississippi State, USF and FIU. I visited West Virginia before I visited Mississippi State. And I had planned on visiting the others after Mississippi State. But I knew it was a no-brainer after visiting there. It is definitely something special and something that I knew I wanted to be a part of."

Hutchinson explained what Mississippi State will be getting from him as a pitcher and hitter.

"With me, I am a power guy on the mound and at the plate. I topped out at 94 at the PG Nationals and I usually sit in the 92-93 range," said Hutchinson. "(Hitting-wise) I am definitely a home run hitter. Every player has his game on the field. Some have the running game where they use that with ground balls, bunts and line drives. Some guys have the blessing of both; they are fast and have a little power. I like to hit it off and over the fence as much as possible. Before I committed to Kentucky they came and watched me hit BP. Out of 35 swings I hit 28 out of the park. But it was perfect conditions that day."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network.

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