"I committed to Mississippi State around September 12th," said the 6-2, 200-pounder. "I went to their camp this summer. I went to Florida's camp before and was there for a week and saw everything and met their coaches. They were interested in me and would have probably offered later on. Then I went to Mississippi State for a week. Everything about Starkville was great. The campus was beautiful. The coaching staff is so hands-on about everything. They just made me feel like I was part of the family from day-one. (MSU head) Coach (Ron) Polk has a great reputation. I loved him. That's the kind of guy that I want to play for."
Having already been to MSU once, Bobby has seen all the facilities and met the coaches. The one thing he hasn't experienced is the Mississippi State baseball gameday atmosphere. He plans on taking his official visit to MSU during the baseball season so that he can feel that first-hand.
"Coach Polk wants me go on my official visit during the baseball season to see what the environment is like," said Bobby. "I can't wait to go. I've heard that the Left Field Lounge is crazy and it's just an awesome environment."
Bobby chose Mississippi State over strong interest from Florida and Wake Forest.
"Florida, Wake Forest and Mississippi State called me," said Bobby, who was recently nominated for the Florida North/South all-star game, a game that pits the best players from Florida against each other. "I received letters from Georgia, Florida, UVA, Georgia Southern, Wake Forest, Alabama and Arkansas. (University of North Florida) and (Jacksonville University) liked me but they knew that I wanted to get out of town."
He talked about what the MSU coaching staff saw in him.
"Mississippi State is recruiting me for both corners, third and first, and catcher," said Bobby, who hit .450 with 2 home runs and 30 RBI for his high school team last season. "They really like that I've very versatile and can play more than one position. And they like the athleticism that I have for football. And they like that I have a strong arm and have a good head on my shoulders."
In between attending summer college camps, Bobby also found time over the summer to play in invitation-only type events.
"I played in the Junior Olympics last summer. It was basically a tryout for the (Junior Olympics) national team," said Bobby, who was told by a MLB scout that he would have made the national team if he hadn't been over the age limit.
Although he didn't make the national Junior Olympics team, Bobby didn't go away empty-handed.
"I played in the Blue/Gray Classic. There were a bunch of pro scouts (at the Junior Olympics) and they got together and selected a south all-star team and a north all-star team for the Blue/Gray Classic," said Bobby. "There were kids from New York, Boston, Miami and even some from California who made the teams."
Bobby is Mississippi State's 8th baseball commitment.
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