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Desoto Central HS class of 2019 infielder Kamren James talks about his commitment to MSU

Desoto Central (MS) High School class of 2019 infielder Kamren James talks about his commitment to Mississippi State

  • Name: Kamren James
  • Classification: 2019
  • Position: Infield
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot, 165
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • High School: Desoto Central (AL) High School
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State


"I called (Mississippi State head) Coach (Andy) Cannizaro first and let him know that I was committing," said James. "It is kind of funny because when I let him know he kind of yelled out, 'let's go, that is awesome.' He was super excited. He told me that he thinks we are going to do huge things in Starkville in the future and he is glad that I will be a part of it. He told me to call (Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Will) Coggin and let him know. I called Coach Coggin and he was super excited, too."

He explained why he felt Mississippi State was the right choice for him over an offer from Ole Miss.

"It was a tough decision and it took a lot of thought," said James. "But I really liked the new coach at Mississippi State, Coach Cannizaro. The energy level he brought really blew me away. (My older brother) Keegan and all of his teammates told me how much fun they were having with him. I just compared the pros and cons of both schools and where I saw myself in the future and that was when I came to my decision to commit to Mississippi State."

He also had a good relationship with his recruiting coach, Will Coggin.

"Coach Coggin, just from being around him and talking to him, he seems like a great guy," said James. "He treated me well when I was down there. He invited me into the dugout during some of the scrimmages. He is a good coach, too. He showed me some of the averages the year prior to him being a coach there and after he was a coach there. He seems like he knows what he is doing. And I look forward to being down there with him."

Family ties also had an effect on his decision. His dad, Greg, was a punter for the Mississippi State football team and, obviously, his older brother, Keegan, is a current member of the baseball team. And his mother, Stacie, did her pre-pharmacy at Mississippi State. Although her pharmacy degree came from Ole Miss, she makes sure folks know where her heart lies thanks to the Maroon and White frame around her Ole Miss pharmacy degree.

"It did have an effect because when I went down there I thought this is what I have grown up around," said James. "All that I have really known is Starkville, Mississippi and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. When they offered me and I thought about it, it was a no doubter."

James explained the process leading up to him committing to Mississippi State.

"This past fall my summer travel team, the Mississippi Royals, went down to Mississippi State and played on Dudy Noble," said James. "Afterwards, Coach Henderson, their pitching coach, introduced himself and talked to me. Keegan was also at the game.

"Coach Coggin had been asking about me. Coggin asked Keegan to have me call him. So, I called him and we talked for a long time. We talked about me getting down there (for an unofficial visit). At that point, Ole Miss had offered me a scholarship. Then, we went down to Mississippi State (for a visit). They invited me back for the next weekend when the football team played Arkansas. On Sunday, after the Arkansas game, they offered me a scholarship."

And a few days later he decided to be the next member of the James family that would become a Mississippi State Bulldog.


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