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Jordan Anderson, one of the top 25 players in the class of 2017, talks about his Mississippi State commitment

James Clemens (AL) High School class of 2017 outfielder Jordan Anderson, one of the top 25 players in the class of 2017, talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Jordan Anderson
  • Classification: 2017
  • Position: Outfield
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-1, 190
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • High School: James Clemens (Madison, AL) High School
  • Travel Team: FTB Tucci
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State


"I committed about an hour ago," said Anderson. "I called (Mississippi State head) Coach (John) Cohen first. We had a normal conversation, then I told him that I had some news, news that I told him that I hoped he would approve. I then told him that I wanted to be a Bulldog for the next three years. He was excited about it. Then he told me to call (Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Will) Coggin and give him the news and make him the happiest man in Mississippi. I called him and he was just ecstatic. It was pretty cool."

Anderson explained the process leading up to his decision to become a Bulldog.

"I decommitted from Alabama right at the beginning of the summer because they had a new coaching change," he said. "Right after I decommitted numerous schools contacted me and Mississippi State happened to be one of those colleges. I then took a step back from everything and re-evaluated my school choices."

He narrowed the list down to five.

"There were a ton of schools that contacted me but the schools that I considered were Kentucky, Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State and FIU," said Anderson. "It took me awhile to narrow it down to those schools."

He explained why those schools made his final list.

"I chose those schools because the relationships that I built with the coaches at those schools just clicked," said Anderson.

He then started the process of visiting the schools.

"I visited all of those schools except for FIU," said Anderson. "I visited Mississippi State in July I believe. I went to Kentucky and Auburn after I visited Mississippi State."

Mississippi State made a big impression on him during the visit.

"My visit to Mississippi State was one of the first visits that I took," said Anderson. "In the back of my mind, when I went everywhere else, it was like I was comparing them to Mississippi State. And nothing was up to Mississippi State's level. Everything that I was looking for was at Mississippi State."

Despite Mississippi State making such a huge impression on him, he took his time before committing.

"After the visit to Mississippi State I flew to the the East Coast Pro Showcase in Tampa, then flew to the Area Code Games in Long Beach, then drove down to the (Perfect Game) All-American Game in San Diego," said Anderson. "When I was traveling to Florida and California I really didn't think about recruiting because I really needed to focus on baseball."

He finished his visits, then it was time to think recruiting.

"When I got home we started thinking about it," said Anderson. "Education was number 1. Two, did I connect to the coach with my relationship with him? And, three, the ability to get on the field early. Mississippi State fit all of my criteria. And I like that Mississippi State is a baseball school."

While the choice wound up being easy, the process itself was difficult.

"It was a hard decision, all of the coaches at those schools were unbelievable," said Anderson. "Coach Mingione at Kentucky was a great guy, the life of the party. And the coaches at Auburn were all great. It was difficult. But I wouldn't say it was close."

He explained why the final choice was an easy one to make.

"Coming down to it, Mississippi State made a really good offer and the distance wasn't too far away," said Anderson. "And I want my parents to be part of my collegiate career. They can drive about 3 hours to watch me play. Plus, the relationship that I built with Coach Cohen and Coach Coggin was big. Coach Coggin was on me from the get-go. I just felt like something clicked with them. And the campus is unbelievable. My dad (Kelvin Anderson) graduated from Mississippi State so I have been there several times. He didn't push me there. (My parents) both let me make my own decision because it is ultimately going to be the school that I have to attend."

He is excited about the prospects of playing for a national baseball power like Mississippi State.

"It is unbelievable to be able to play baseball at the D-I level, but to be able to go to Mississippi State, a school known for it's baseball and that has been great at baseball for decades, it is great to know that I will be a part of that program," said Anderson.

Of course, Anderson likely has another decision to make next June. He is not only considered one of the top 50 high school players in the nation by Perfect Game but he is also rated amonge the top 25 high school players (17th) in his class by MLB.com.

"It is humbling (to be rated that high)," said Anderson. "It shows me that my hard work is paying off. But I'm not really thinking about the draft right now. Of course, it is in the back of my mind. But I just like to play baseball."


Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@maxxsouth.net.


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