Wesson Commits to MSU

Itawamba Community College lefthanded pitcher Jared Wesson, a 29th round draft-and-follow selection of the Florida Marlins during last summer's Major League Baseball Draft, committed to Mississippi State this past weekend on his official visit to MSU.

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Mississippi State, looking for lefthanded pitchers this recruiting season, topped their recruiting off with a big-time lefty from Itawamba Community College, Jared Wesson.

Jared, a life-long Bulldog fan, was looking forward to the visit and received the scholarship offer that he had been hoping for. And he committed on the spot.

"It was a good visit," said the 6-5, 190-pounder. "Everything was so professional at State. You could tell that they took the time to make everything right on my visit. I talked to (MSU head) Coach (Ron) Polk before lunch on Saturday. He showed me a scholarship and I committed. I am very excited."

Jared, who received serious interest from other SEC schools such as Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama and Ole Miss, as well as C-USA member Southern Miss, received another scholarship offer just a few days prior to his official visit to MSU.

"Last week, we finished our fall games by going to Ole Miss and playing Meridian (Community College)," said Jared, who played his high school ball at Tupelo (MS) High School. "We played two nine inning games. And after the first game, (Ole Miss head) Coach (Mike) Bianco took me down to some lounge (at the stadium). We talked and he put a scholarship (offer) on the table. It was more than State's offer. I didn't say anything then, but he said to give him a call back about it if I'm interested. I told him ok."

And there is no doubt, after seeing him throw at Ole Miss, why Coach Bianco decided to pull the trigger after Jared had previously told everybody that was recruiting him that he wasn't interested in any school but one, Mississippi State.

"At Ole Miss, I hit 88 to 89 (miles per hour)," said Jared, who has topped out at 94 miles per hour with his fastball since his Tommy John surgery.

While Bianco was obviously impressed with what he saw, Jared almost seemed to be apologizing for not throwing harder. "Truthfully, I think my arm got worn down during the fall because my throwing program coming back from my Tommy John surgery had started in January. And I hadn't stopped throwing until last week."

Jared plans on resting his golden arm for the next few months, then, hopefully, have a successful redshirt freshman season at ICC. Then he plans on taking his talents to Mississippi State and live out a dream he's had since he started playing baseball.

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