- Name: Josh Hatcher
- Classification: 2017
- Position: Outfield
- Ht: Wt: 6-foot-2, 180
- Bats-Throws: L/L
- High School: Lee County High School (Albany, GA)
- Travel Team: Chain National
- Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State
Hatcher committed to Mississippi State a day ago. He chose Mississippi State over his three other finalists.
"I have always wanted to play in either the ACC or the SEC, one of the big power conferences," said Hatcher. "I talked to Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn and FSU and then scheduled my visits. Mississippi State was my first visit. I had been there for a summer team baseball camp with my high school team in June. From what I got to see while I was there, I liked it. When I got there for my visit I just loved it, the facilities, the campus, the fanbase, just everything. I loved how nice everybody is. I would love to play in front of a fanbase that Mississippi State has."
The visit moved Mississippi State up into his top two schools.
"When I left from the visit it was just phenomenal, I loved it," said Hatcher. "After I left there they were my number 1 or 2 school because I still had to visit Florida State after that. And I have wanted to play there since I was a little kid."
He visited Florida State a few days later. After he compared the two schools he knew which one was the best fit for him.
"After I left Florida State there was no doubt in my mind that Mississippi State was the place that I wanted to play," said Hatcher. "They are really, really good at baseball. They are all about baseball there. They are a baseball school and I love that. And that would be the best place I could go to develop as a player. That is what separates them from all the other schools in the country."
He also was very impressed with the coach who recruited him for Mississippi State, assistant coach Will Coggin.
"Coach Coggin works with the hitters and that is the most fun part of the game to me," said Hatcher. "He told me how he prepares them for games and the success that he has with kids who have been there.
"He is just a phenomenal guy, a super guy. He also made me feel at home when I was there. He helped me feel the love and made me feel like I was I was already a player there. It was phenomenal."
Hatcher explained the type player he is on the baseball diamond.
"I am 6-foot-2, 180 pounds and I can run well so when I come to the plate you aren't going to expect me to hit home runs or drive balls off of the wall but that is a huge part of my game, just driving in runs when guys are on base," said Hatcher. "I am more of a gap to gap guy who has flashes of power every now and then. I hit doubles in the gap, that is what I love doing."
And that is what he will be doing at Dudy Noble Field in a little over a year from now.
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