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Class of 2018 RHP Carter Stewart has his list narrowed down to three schools

One of the nation's top pitchers, class of 2018 RHP Carter Stewart of Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Florida, has narrowed the list of schools that he is interested in down to three.

  • Name: Carter Stewart
  • Classification: 2018
  • Position: RHP
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-5, 190
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • High School: Eau Gallie (FL) High School
  • Schools of Interest: Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina

"The only schools that I am interested in are Mississippi State, Florida and South Carolina," said Stewart, the 19th ranked player in the class of 2018 according to Perfect Game. "Most schools were interested in me but I wasn't trying to give anybody false hope. I wanted to narrow it down to the schools that I really enjoyed and liked. I didn't want to tell schools that they had a chance when I had my mind set on a few schools."

He recently visited one of those three schools, Mississippi State. He talked about his experience visiting MSU.

"What I knew about them before visiting is that they have had some past success but by visiting them I learned their environment was better than I expected," said Stewart. "Everybody is so much nicer, so much more polite. Everybody respects my opinion and what I want to do. And I really enjoyed that about Mississippi State. The coaching staff were all great people and were interested in me and very polite. And you are getting 13,000 to 14,000 people at a game there. In college baseball that just doesn't happen. Baseball was also near the center of campus. It just felt like it was one of the top priorities of the university. It was just a great place to be."

He commented in detail about the two Mississippi State coaches most involved in him, head coach Andy Cannizaro and his recruiting coach, assistant coach Will Coggin.

"During our meeting with (Cannizaro), he showed his interest in me and his interest in wanting to win," said Stewart, who throws his fastball in the 87-92 miles per hour range. "He gave the impression that I am a high priority for him. Also, when he was at LSU he said he was upset when he wasn't able to recruit me because I wasn't interested in them. Then, (when he became head coach at Mississippi State) he was very excited when he learned that I was very interested in Mississippi State.

"I also very much like Coach Coggin. He does a very good job with the guys who he has gotten (committed). I know he has gotten a lot of high-end talent to commit."

He left his visit with a very favorable impression of Mississippi State.

"Mississippi State is very, very high on my list," said Stewart. " I very much enjoyed every second that I was there. Everybody that I met I liked. I loved talking to them. I liked how I felt while I was there. It just felt right. It was a new environment but I felt like I had been there for awhile."

He expects to make his college choice decision very soon.

"My decision should come soon, possibly in a couple of weeks," said Stewart. " I am going to sit down and talk it over with my parents. And I am definitely going to talk it over with my summer ball coach."

He explained what he is looking for in a school.

"I am looking for a school that fits me, somewhere that I like, a place where they want me to help them," said Stewart. "And I have found that at the schools that I have narrowed it down to. Now I have to find the one that I fit in the best and where I can have the most success."

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