- Name: Regi Grace
- Classification: 2018
- Position: RHP/INF/OF
- Ht: Wt: 6-foot-3, 220
- Bats-Throws: L-R
- High School: Madison Central (MS) High School
- Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State
"I went up there for a visit this past Saturday and I was very impressed with their facilities," said Grace. "It was state of the art facilities. But what really caught my attention was their athlete academic help. They make sure their athletes succeed in the classroom. And the coaches really care about their players. They are there for the players, on and off the field. They know what they are trying to do there; they are trying to go out and win a national championship. I feel like, with their facilities and coaching, I can also, in addition to winning a national championship, get to the next level."
Grace chose Mississippi State over several other colleges.
"Southern Miss was my other offer," he said. "LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn were the other schools interested in me."
He explained why Mississippi State became interested in him.
"They first got interested in me about three weeks ago," said Grace. "But I would say they started watching me a little more carefully during the summer after the state championship game that I pitched."
Grace threw a 3-hit, 1-0 shutout against George County High School in the 6A state championship series. His team defeated Walker Robbins, a Mississippi State signee who eventually signed a pro baseball contract.
The game not only generated interest from college coaches but also gave Grace a lot of confidence in himself.
"That game was the first time when I started throwing 88 miles per hour," said Grace, who was 3-0 with an 1.19 ERA for Madison Central High School during the 2016 season. "I even hit 90 in the game. After that game, I knew that there was so much more for me and that I could compete at a high level."
It is very likely Grace could end up topping out in the low 90s before his high school career comes to an end. From the summer of 2015 to the summer of 2016, his consistent fastball velocity increased from 75-81 to 84-88.
He explained what led to that dramatic velo increase.
"I increased my velocity by getting in the weightroom and working steady," said Grace. "I even worked on my delivery to make sure everything was sound. I plan to continue doing that."
Grace is not only a great pitcher but also a very good hitter, batting .393 this past season. It's possible he could pitch and hit in college.
"I am pretty sure they are recruiting me as a pitcher but I have talked to the (Mississippi State) coaches about letting me hit," said Grace, who plays third base and corner outfield when he is not pitching for Madison Central.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network.
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