- Name: Cole Winn
- Classification: 2018
- Position: RHP
- Ht: Wt: 6-foot-2, 195
- Bats-Throws: R-R
- High School: Silver Creek (Longmont, CO) High School
- Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State
Winn and his parents unofficially visited Mississippi State during the opening weekend of the season. And all three came away very impressed with the experience.
"It was incredible. I loved the place," said Winn. "We just fell in love with the place."
And a week and a half later Winn called Mississippi State head coach Andy Cannizaro with the good news.
"I had taken two visits prior to visiting Mississippi State, the University of Southern Cal and Arizona State, and I knew I was going to have to make a decision after visiting Mississippi State," said Winn, who is ranked the 8th best player in his classification by Prep Baseball Report and 31st by Perfect Game. "We talked about it, how great the school was, how great the coaches were, how great Coach Cannizaro was, how great everything was. Coach Cannizaro was one of the biggest separators in it. We thought he was awesome. He is so enthusiastic, so energetic and really loves the game. I think it came down to all of that.
"So, I called Coach Cannizaro and told him. He was very excited."
Winn is happy the recruiting process is over.
"It is like a big weight has been lifted off my back," said Winn, who in addition to his final three also considered the likes of TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Texas, among many others. "It had gotten a little overwhelming in December after I decommitted from Notre Dame. I think upwards of 30 schools contacted me. I was surprised because I expected a few schools to call but it was call after call after call that first week."
Winn explained why he feels so many schools showed so much interest in him.
"How I play on the field is definitely one of the reasons the coaches recruited me," he said. "I really get after it on the field. It is kind of ironic that I have a bulldog mentality on the field and I have committed to the Bulldogs."
He gave an example of his talent and that Bulldog mentality.
"I don't know if you heard about this but I threw three innings in Jupiter (at the 2016 WWBA World Championship) and struck out eight of the nine batters that I faced," said Winn, who consistently throws his fastball 90-92 miles per hour, topping out at 94. "My slider was on that day. I guess you could say that my slider separates me from a few other people. Andy (Cannizaro) was actually at that game, although he wasn't with Mississippi State at the time."
Winn now plans on joining Cannizaro at Mississippi State in a year and a half.
During his sophomore season for Silver Creek High School, Winn was 6-1 with a 2.77 ERA while striking out 79 batters in 48 innings.