How did your recruitment by Mississippi State come about?
"I was invited to MSU on "Junior Day" in April 2003 and saw MSU play Auburn, and that is when I became very interested in MSU. As matter of fact I made up my mind then that MSU was the place I liked the best. MSU just seemed to fit. I have always loved the atmosphere at Mississippi State. My baseball dreams were to someday play baseball in the SEC, so what better place to do that than Mississippi State."
When did you officially visit Mississippi State?
"March 12th and 13th.It was during the Southern Cal series"
What did you think about your visit?
"It was awesome. I loved it."
What did the MSU coaches say they liked about you?
"They said their pitching staff is predominately righthanded. They said they wanted to bring in a good lefthander to kind of even things out."
What other schools showed interest in you besides Mississippi State?
"Alabama showed strong interest in me for a long time. LSU, Clemson, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Tulane, Stanford, and Arizona State contacted me. I took an official visit to Louisiana Tech. I didn't officially visit Louisiana-Monroe but they made me an offer."
What have the college coaches said that they like about you?
"They like that I am a lefthander. They also like my height. And also my overall potential. Another thing they like is my arm span. I had never heard of that, but they told me that is something that I have going for me. My arm span is about 6-foot-7 and a half."
How many schools sent you letters? A newspaper articles mentioned that there were about 50.
"It was 52, I believe. It was mainly schools from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and even some northern states that sent me letters."
In the same article, it mentioned that 12 Major League Baseball scouts have scouted you. Have that many scouts been to your games?
"Yes sir, over the course of the year. I pitched a game in Jackson and there were a bunch. It's kind of tough pitching when you have 7 scouts with their radar guns on you."
What pitches do you throw? Also, what is your fastball velocity?
"My main pitch is a fastball. I throw a two and four seam fastball. My average (velocity) is between 85 and 87. This year, I have topped out at 89. I also throw a curveball and a slider type curve that is harder. My curveball is a little slower, a little more over the top. I also have a circle change."
Obviously been a tall lefthanded pitcher who throws pretty hard, the Major League Draft will probably be a factor. How big is going to college to you?
"It is really big. I am pretty much committed. I am pretty sure I am going to college."
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