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Class of 2019 outfielder Calin Smith talks MSU commitment

Trinity Christian's Calin Smith, one of the top players in the class of 2019, talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Calin Smith
  • Classification: 2019
  • Position: Outfielder
  • Ht: Wt: 5-foot-10, 175
  • Bats-Throws: L-L
  • High School: Trinity Christian (Peachtree City, GA)
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

"I committed to (head) Coach (Andy) Cannizaro," said Smith, who visited Mississippi State on November 19th. "I told him right after he offered me. Sitting in his office I knew that was the place that I wanted to go to. Once I told him I was taking his offer he jumped up right out of his seat and shook my hand. He was hugging me and smiling. He told me he was pumped that I was coming and was excited for what the future holds."

Smith explained why he chose Mississippi State.

"It was the coach (Andy Cannizaro) and his passion about winning a national championship and making everyone better, the other coaches, the players," said Smith. "I like how he competes and also his style of play. I like the school. I like the academics. It just seems like a really fun campus."

Mississippi State had been on Smith's radar for awhile.

"Mississippi State has been my number 1 school since middle school," he said. "I liked them because watching them on the SEC Network I saw their crowds and how good their fanbase is and their love for baseball. And they have gone to Super Regionals, the College World Series. Just watching them I knew that was where I wanted to go."

And Smith had been on Cannizaro's radar since the summer.

"I played for Marucci Elite from Louisiana and we went down to Fort Myers for the (Perfect Game) World Wood Bat Underclass (Tournament)," said Smith. "My (travel team) coach was good friends with Coach Cannizaro because he was the recruiting coordinator for LSU. I think he told him I was a good player. And Cannizaro came to watch me play and he liked what he saw. He got back with me about two weeks ago after he became the head coach at Mississippi State and asked me to come for a visit."

Smith has several other schools recruiting him.

"LSU, Auburn Virginia Tech, TCU, UGA and Clemson were recruiting me," said Smith. "I visited Clemson and Virginia Tech and I was set up to visit UGA and TCU."

As for what type player Mississippi State is getting, Smith used a comment by Cannizaro in his press conference that fits his style of play.

"In his press conference when he was introduced as Mississippi State's head coach he mentioned (that he wants) a speedy outfielder who can hit and steal bases," said Smith, who is ranked 137th in the class of 2019. "I am a center fielder who runs a 6.5 sixty. I create doubles out of singles. I steal bases and I have some pop from the left side. And I can spray the ball to all fields."

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