- Name: Tyreque Reed
- Classification: Sophomore
- Position: First Base/Right Field
- Ht-Wt: 6-1, 260
- Bats-Throws: R-R
- Junior College: Itawamba (MS) Community College
- High School: Houlka (MS) High School
“They started recruiting me about a month ago,” said Reed. “(Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Will) Coggin came to one of my games and he started getting in touch with me and getting to know me. He asked me to come down for a visit. And we went from there.”
Two weeks later Reed took his official visit to Mississippi State.
“I visited about two weeks ago,” said Reed. “Getting to visit was a dream come true, knowing they would offer me because I have always been a Bulldog fan.”
Although a Bulldog fan growing up, he wasn’t quite ready to commit due to how heavily he was being recruited by colleges throughout the south.
“When I left the visit I knew more schools would be calling and I wanted to weigh all of my options,” said Reed.”
Many of the schools that were recruiting him were, like MSU, from the SEC.
“LSU, Kentucky, Auburn, Alabama, Samford, Tennessee Tech and a lot more schools called. It is hard to name them all,” said Reed. “They all wanted me to come visit, look around and see how I liked things. But Mississippi State gave me my best offer and it was hard to give up the school where I have always wanted to play at.”
He made his decision this week but instead of calling he wanted to tell Mississippi State head coach Andy Cannizaro in person.
“I went to the game yesterday and Coach Cannizaro invited me to his office because he wanted to talk to me,” said Reed. “I committed then. He instantly jumped up and gave me a hug and said HailState! Then he told me to go tell Coach Coggin. I went and told him and he had the same expression. I was so excited, too.”
He will likely have the opportunity to play one of two positions when he gets to MSU.
“They told me they want to play me at first base and the outfield, mainly at first,” said Reed.
Reed is an outstanding hitter who hit .504 with 15 home runs and 57 RBIs while striking out just 11 times for ICC this past season. Due to his hitting ability, he may wind up being drafted in next month’s Major League Baseball Draft.
“It would be hard to turn down a lot of money but then again I am getting the chance to play for the school that I have always wanted to play for,” said Reed. “It will be a hard choice.”