Shawn and his family officially visited Mississippi State this past weekend and came away very impressed.
"It was very, very good. Everything was top of the line," said the 5-11, 180-pound left-handed honorable mention all-state pitcher. "My mom and my dad came with me. (They) thought of it the same way I did. They loved it."
Several things really stood out during the visit.
"Sitting in the (stadium) luxury boxes and eating was cool. I enjoyed hanging out with the guys at night," said Shawn. "I was amazed with their new weight room. It had big flat screen tvs everywhere. It was pretty awesome. I already knew the baseball field was amazing. The indoor Palmeiro Center is very, very nice. Everything was really nice."
This wasn't the first visit to MSU for Shawn.
"I knew quite a bit about them because I had been down there a few times," explained the lefty. "I came down for a camp and I unofficially visited two other times. I came to a baseball game and came down another time and met their coaches."
He commented on why he decided to go ahead and commit while on his visit instead of going home and thinking about it.
"I actually committed while I was there because it just felt like it was the right place for me," noted Shawn, whose fastball is consistently 86 to 89 MPH. "I liked everything about it. And really liked the coaches. It felt right, so we decided it was the right time to commit."
Shawn chose MSU over offers from Ball State and Miami of Ohio, both of whom he had officially visited. Rice was also in the picture.
"I visited Ball State on September 7th-8th and Miami (Ohio) the 22nd- 23rd (of September)," said Shawn, who owns a 20-0 record with a career ERA of 1.07 and 217 strikeouts and 34 walks in 136 innings. "I was accepted into Rice, but we delayed setting up a visit because we wanted to see what happened with Mississippi State. After visiting Mississippi State, I didn't really want to set up another visit."
And you can take it to the bank that the MSU coaching staff is very happy with that decision.
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