Class of 2005 Profile: First Baseman Scott King

Scott King, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound first baseman/outfielder who plays for Jackson Academy, is one of the top juniors in the state of Mississippi. Mississippi State and Ole Miss are both showing strong interest in him.

Scott King Profile

Hitting .380 with 5 home runs, 10 doubles and 22 RBI in 27 games this season, King has drawn the interest of several colleges.

"Ole Miss and (Mississippi) State have sent me letters," King said. "Tennessee, Florida and Auburn have sent me one or two. Murray State and Belhaven have also sent me letters. But the majority are from Ole Miss and State."

Part of the reason the MSU and Ole Miss are mailing him so many letters is very likely because he has attended camps at both schools.

"I have gone to Ole Miss' and State's winter hitting camp the past two winters," King said. "And I plan on going to both of their summer camps as well."

He has also seen both play in person this year.

"I took an unofficial visit to watch Ole Miss play Vanderbilt," said King, "and I've gone to a State game here in Jackson when they come down here to play."

Both programs have things that King likes, most notably their coaches and, in Mississippi State's case, their atmosphere.

"I've met both sets of coaches when (the Jackson 96'ers) have played at both schools during the summer, " King said, who plans on playing with the 96'ers again this summer. "I like the coaches at Mississippi State. I liked (MSU Head) Coach (Ron) Polk because he seems like a real nice guy and seems to know a lot about baseball. I feel the same way about (Ole Miss head) Coach Bianco. Being at State games before, I like the atmosphere there because they have a lot of people who come and support their baseball team. State also has all those people in left field and all around the outfield. That seems like it would be a fun environment to play in."

With so much interest in both schools, does either one have an edge over the other?

"Not really," King said, as he anticipates July 1st, the first day college coaches can call him. "I kind of pull for both State and Ole Miss."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher/owner of Gene's Page, a website that has been providing Mississippi State sports coverage to MSU fans since October, 1996, and the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. He can be reached by email at

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