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Alabama's Mr. Baseball, Owen Lovell, talks about his commitment to MSU

Cullman (AL) High School class of 2017 outfielder Owen Lovell, one of the top players in the class of 2017 and last season's Mr. Baseball of Alabama, talks about his commitment to Mississippi State baseball.

  • Name: Owen Lovell
  • Classification: 2017
  • Position: OF
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-4, 225
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • High School: Cullman (AL) High School
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

"I talked to (Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Will) Coggin first, then I called (Mississippi State head) Coach (John) Cohen and talked to him (about me committing)," said Lovell. "They were excited, really fired up about it. It was great (hearing their excitement). Even when I went on my visit they treated me like I was a son to them."

His recruitment by Mississippi Statet was a whirlwind affair, lasting less than two weeks.

"I was committed to Alabama for about two years, then I decommitted last week," said Lovell. "I didn't really put it out that I had decommitted. I only contacted Mississippi State because Mississippi State was the only one that I really liked. They were recruiting me when I was a freshman in high school."

Mississippi State quickly got him in for an official visit.

"I went on my (official) visit to Mississippi State last weekend," said the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder. "They showed me their facilities and I went to a football game. I met some of their players, some that I already knew I really bonded with them. I met all the coaches and talked to them. I love the coaches; they are all great. They really care about the players and helping to get you to the next level as well as winning a national championship. The next day they showed me the campus and the academic things. I fell in love with Starkville and Mississippi State and felt that I would fit in there really well."

He received his scholarship offer from Mississippi State head coach John Cohen Sunday.

"They offered me Sunday, then we went home and my parents and I talked about it for a few days," said Lovell, who was primarily recruited by Coach Coggin. "In my heart I felt like that was the place I wanted to be. So, at the end of the week I ended up committing to them."

He explained what Mississippi State is getting in him both offensively and defensively.

"Offensively, I can hit for power and average," said Lovell, who can play both center field and right field. "On defense, my strength is probably my speed (4.53 in the forty-yard dash) in the outfield. And my arm is pretty decent."

This past summer, his power helped him earn the Perfect Game 17U World Wood Bat Most Valuable Player award.

"I had two games in a row where I hit three home runs, the first one during my last at-bat, then the first two at-bats in my next game," said Lovell. "And I ended up hitting one or two more the next day. I had a really good offensive week that week. I also pitched the championship game, something like six innings."

Rated a 10 by Perfect Game, the highest rating that a player can obtain, he will likely have another decision to make next June when the Major League Baseball Draft comes along. He gave his thoughts about going to college or going pro out of high school.

"I have thought about it and have talked to my parents about it," said Lovell. "I am right in the middle. I would be just as happy going to Mississippi State and getting an education as I would be going pro. There is no one higher than the other in my mind."

During the 2016 season, Lovell hit .389 with 15 doubles, 14 home runs and 64 RBI. As a pitcher, Lovell finished 2016 with a 7-0 record with 1.43 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 49 innings.

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

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