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Corner (AL) High School class of 2018 hard-throwing RHP Sam Knowlton talks about his commitment to Mississippi State

Corner (AL) High School class of 2018 right-hand pitcher Sam Knowlton talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Sam Knowlton
  • Classification: 2018
  • Position: RHP
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-7, 220
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • High School: Corner High School, Warrior, AL
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

Knowlton, who committed to Mississippi State in early December, 2016, talked about why he chose Mississippi State baseball.

"I came down for a visit and fell in love with the campus and the baseball history and just felt it was the right place and I committed here," said Knowlton, who consistently threw 90-92 miles per hour at a recent Mississippi State baseball camp. "They have always been known as being very good at baseball, and I wanted to be part of a school that has a very good baseball history."

Knowlton chose Mississippi State over two other SEC programs.

"The only two other schools that I got contacted by and visited were Alabama and Auburn," said the talented right-hander. "Auburn offered and Alabama didn't but wanted me to let them know when I was ready to make a commitment."

Mississippi State first noticed the hard-throwing righty at a junior college baseball camp.

"I went to a camp at Ellisville, MS at Jones County Junior College at the end of September (2016), and I topped out at 95 (miles per hour)," said the 6-foot-7, 220-pounder.

Knowlton, who still has a very fresh arm due to not playing much travel ball, feels like he still has a lot of velocity in his arm.

"I take pitching lessons from Ricky Bowen, who played baseball at Mississippi State. He works with me every week on improving my mechanics, developing better control, and adding velocity," said Knowlton. "His goal for me and my goal for myself is to reach 100 miles per hour."

During his sophomore season, Knowlton was 4-4 with a 2.00 ERA. In 35 innings he allowed 22 hits, walked 31 and struck out 40.

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