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Hard-throwing RHP Pearson McMahan Visits MSU

St. Johns River State College (FL) hard-throwing right-hand pitcher Pearson McMahan officially visited Mississippi State this past weekend.

  • Name: Pearson McMahan
  • Classification: Sophomore
  • Position: RHP
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-3, 195
  • Bats-Throws: L-R
  • Community College: St. Johns River State College
  • High School: Middleburg (FL) High School
  • Schools of Interest: Mississippi State and others

Mississippi State started recruiting McMahan in September.

"(Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Will) Coggin saw me at Chipola College sometime in September and liked me," said McMahan. "And he saw me another time and liked me then as well. He called me and asked me if I wanted to come out for a visit."

McMahan visited Mississippi State this past weekend and came away impressed.

"It is kind of like an unreal atmosphere there, unlike any other," said the hard-throwing right-hand pitcher. "The fanbase is unreal there. And they get the nicest (equipment) that you can get in college baseball. The field is great. All the players seem like they are all great guys. They seemed like they genuinely love the place."

He also had the chance to visit with the coaches and was impressed with them.

"Because I am a pitcher, I saw down with (MSU pitching coach Gary) Henderson for awhile," said McMahan. "He is a really smart guy who knows his stuff. I like his pitching philosophy.

"(MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen is a great guy. I like his approach to coaching. He makes everybody earn what they get. There is no favoritism on the team. He also told me how you even have to earn your gear.

"Coach Coggin is also a great guy and a good coach. I have heard nothing but good things about him. The numbers for hitting everywhere he goes is great. He shows improvement at every program that he goes too."

Mississippi State moved to the top of McMahan's recruiting list after the visit.

"They are for sure, definitely number one right now," said McMahan. "There is no other program that really compares to them. Their stadium is unreal and they are about to get the biggest scoreboard in college baseball. Great record, great coaches."

Several other high-profile baseball schools are also showing interest in the talented pitcher.

"My coach told me that Arizona State called about me, Florida State, Alabama, Miami, Kentucky, the University of Central Florida called about me and the University of Houston called me earlier in the year," said McMahan.

It's possible he might take other visits but things really look good for Mississippi State.

"I wanted to wait (on setting up other visits) until I saw Mississippi State first because they were definitely high on my list," said McMahan, who consistently throws in the 92-95 miles per hour range, topping out at 96-97. "They were the first one that I wanted to see. I am going to contact Coggin Tuesday about the offer, then try and make a decision this week."

Last season, McMahan had a 6-1 record with 1 save and a 2.76 ERA. He threw 42.1 innings, allowing 35 hits, walked 25 and struck out 61.

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

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