Houston Talks About His Commitment to MSU

Greg Houston, a hard-throwing righthanded pitcher who plays for Hoover (AL) High School, talked about his commitment to Mississippi State.

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Greg explained why he committed to Mississippi State after visiting them this past weekend.

"Mississippi State is a great place to play baseball. It is one of the most unique settings for baseball in America," said the 6-2, 170-pounder. "And they have a huge following in Starkville and a lot of fans come to their games. And I've always kind of dreamed about playing in the SEC because that is about as good as baseball can get. And Mississippi State is one of the best teams in the SEC. I love the coaches there. They are great. To get a chance to play for (MSU head) Coach (Ron) Polk is an honor. "

How was his official visit?

"I really enjoyed my visit to Mississippi State. I fell in love with the campus," he said. "I've gone to one of their camps earlier in the year, but it was the first time that I had gone to one of their games. The crowd was unbelievable. That was one of the things that swayed me into committing."

When did he actually commit?

"I committed on Sunday. We got our offer Saturday night," said Greg. "Me and my parents talked it over Saturday night. We came back on Sunday. During batting practice, I was talking to Coach Polk and told him that I want to play baseball for Mississippi State. He said you made the right choice (laugh)."

When did Mississippi State get involve in his recruitment?

"Mississippi State started calling me after I went to their camp in January," said Greg.

He mentioned what their coaching staff liked about him.

"They said they liked the movement on my fastball and my arm slot," said Greg, who throws in the 87 to 91 range, topping out at 92. "My arm slot's a little different; it's a three-quarters arm slot."

Besides MSU, who else did he receive offers from and who did he officially visit?

"I received other offers from Samford, UAB, Troy and Birmingham-Southern and I took official visits to UAB and Troy," he said.

Now the only thing left to do is sign his NLOI and scholarship papers and get ready for his first season as a Mississippi State Bulldog.

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