MSU Baseball Commitments Update

Mississippi State baseball has received commitments from seven of the top players in the southeast with more commitments expected. Included among the commitments are two of the top pitchers in the nation, Matt Lea and Aaron Weatherford, and one of the best catchers, Ryan Duffy.

Ricky Bowen - 6-3, 175, RHP, Sumiton Christian School (Jasper, AL.). A hard-throwing right-hand pitcher who was selected 2A State Most Valuable Player, first-team All-State and All-Metro Pitcher of the Year. Chose MSU over South Alabama, Troy State, Southeast Missouri State and Samford. All offered scholarships. Academics: 4.0 GPA, 27 ACT.

Ryan Duffy - 6-1, 200, C/1B, Barron Collier High School (Naples, FL.). An outstanding hitter who is currently ranked 117th, nationally, by ProspectsPlus. Chose MSU over University of Central Florida, Stetson and Tulane. Academics: 3.8, 1040 SAT.

Cade Hoggard - 6-2.5, 210, OF/1B, Oxford High School (Oxford, MS.). First-team All-District and All-Area. Chosen Player of the Year by the Oxford Eagle newspaper. Chose MSU over Ole Miss and Delta State after unofficially visiting all three. All three offered scholarships. Academics: 3.3 GPA, 20 ACT.

Matt Lea - 6-5, 215, RHP/INF, Houston High School (Germantown, TN.). Considered one of the top 50 players in the nation by ProspectsPlus. Offered scholarships by numerous colleges. Chose MSU over Ole Miss. Academics: 3.9 GPA, 27 ACT.

Russ Sneed - 6-3, 190, SS/3B/RHP, Magnolia Heights School (Senatobia, MS.). Chosen All-MPSA, All-Conference. A very good athlete who is the starting QB for his school's football team. After unofficially visiting MSU and Ole Miss, chose MSU. Both offered scholarships. Academics: 3.85 GPA, 22 ACT.

Brandon Turner - 6-1, 170, INF/OF, Walker Valley High School (Cleveland, TN.). Made the All-District, All-Region and All-Area teams. Also was selected to the TBCA (Tenn. Baseball Coaches Association) Showcase team, 1 of just 20 players who made the east team. Chose MSU over Tennessee, Tennessee Tech and Troy State after officially visiting all four. Had offers from those schools as well as a few others. Academics: 3.0 GPA, 18 ACT.

Aaron Weatherford - 6-0, 171, RHP/INF, Fairhope High School (Fairhope, AL.). One of the top pitchers in the nation. ProspectsPlus lists this hard-throwing pitcher (88-91 mph fastball) among the top 150 players in the nation. Aaron chose MSU over LSU and Alabama. All three offered along with a host of other colleges. Academics: 3.75 GPA, 20 ACT.

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