Landon Jordan

Class of 2018 middle infielder Landon Jordan commits to Mississippi State

Hancock High School class of 2018 infielder Landon Jordan grew up a fan of Mississippi State baseball. And when they recently offered him a scholarship his commitment was an easy decision to make.

  • Name: Landon Jordan
  • Classification: 2018
  • Position: Infield
  • Ht: Wt: 6-0, 170
  • Bats-Throws: L-R
  • High School: Hancock High School, Kiln, MS
  • Travel Team: Coast Titans
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State. Was also recruited by Southern Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southeastern Louisiana

"It is my dream school," said Jordan. "And it was a dream come true to receive the offer. It was crazy for me and my family when (Mississippi State head) Coach (John) Cohen offered the scholarship . I think my mom and dad were just as excited as I was."

He knew the moment he left Mississippi State's campus that was the place he wanted to play.

"Coach Cohen told me to talk about it for a couple of days with my family then give him a call back and let him know what I thought but when I left Mississippi State I knew it was where I wanted to be," said Jordan. "I called (my recruiting) Coach (Will) Coggin Thursday after school and told him that I was ready to commit and become a Bulldog. Then I called Coach Cohen and told him. He said that they were fired up to have me and they can't wait to get me there and start playing."

Jordan chose Mississippi State over numerous other schools.

"I was also recruited by Southern Miss, Alabama, Kentucky, Auburn, ULL and Southeastern Louisiana," said Jordan, who also had an offer from Southern Miss. "All of them wanted me to visit but I only visited Southern. I didn't visit the other schools because Mississippi State offered me and that was my dream school."

Jordan explained his recruiting process by Mississippi State leading up to his offer.

"I went to their winter camp in December (2015) and I was one of a couple of people they kept after the camp was over and they told me to call them ever now and then," said Jordan. "They also stayed in touch with my travel ball coach, Paul Tanner, and also followed me around this summer.

"I went to a Perfect Game Tournament, the World Wood Bat Tournament in (Marietta) Georgia (this summer), and in our first elimination game we were down by 1 with the bases loaded and I hit a walk-off double (to win the game). Coach Coggin was there. Later, he invited me on a visit."

His visit was everything he had hoped for.

"The visit went good," said Jordan. "I feel like their stadium is much better than any other one. And they are adding onto it. It will be nicer than minor league stadiums.

"I also liked the coaches. When I got there, (assistant) Coach (Mike) Brown, the new coach, came out and met me. He was the one who started it off and made me feel welcome. I also met the strength and conditioning coach. Coach Coggin showed me some of their technology and the plans of the new stadium. Coach Cohen brought me in his office and he asked me things about baseball. Then I went with Coach Coggin again. Then I came back into Coach Cohen's office and he made the offer."

He explained what type of player Mississippi State is getting.

"My strength as a hitter is finding the hole and hitting it where they aren't," said Jordan, who hit .486 with 17 RBI and 14 stolen bases last season. "I won a home run derby at Troy during the summer but in the games I am more of a base hit type guy, singles and doubles. I am also a good runner (6.5 speed in the sixty). I try to use by speed by reading the pitcher and then swiping a bag. Defensively, during high school, I play middle infield, second and short. In travel ball I play third, short and second. I also have a good arm. Off the mound, I threw 87 miles per hour."

Keep it on as we continue to follow the progress of Mississippi State's latest commitment.

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

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