"(Conner Powers) committed to Mississippi State about a week and a half ago. It was a week ago last Friday," said Coach Bonebraker.
"Part of the reason Connor chose to go there was because he was wowed by them on his visit."
Although the assistant coaches normally recruit a player, according to Bonebraker, MSU head coach Ron Polk was the one completely involved in Connor's recruitment.
"I never heard from one of the assistants," said Bonebraker. "Coach Polk called me about once a week about him. That was quite a thrill for me to talk to Coach Polk a little bit. He called me after the LSU series when they were driving home."
A power-hitting corner infielder, Conner, as a junior, hit .509 with 8 home runs and 49 RBI in 31 games. For his efforts, he was selected All-State, the second year in a row that he has earned that honors. In 9 games this year, he has 4 home runs and 23 RBI, while batting .380. He is a four-year starter for Coach Bonebrake.
He chose Mississippi State over scholarship offers from Purdue, Iowa, Illinois State and Northern Illinois.
As a player, Coach Bonebraker said, "(Conner) is a phenomenal hitter with a great understanding of the strike zone. He is very patient (at the plate) and loves to hit. Defensively, he has great hands and arm. He has good speed for his size. He has a passion for the game. He is one of the hardest working kids that I have ever been around and a real down-to-earth kid."
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