Commits to MSU

Frankie Rawdow, one of the top middle infielders in the state of Florida, has made his pledge to sign with Mississippi State on November 14th, the first day of the fall signing period.

"I went up there October 12th on my official visit and I committed on the 13th," said Frankie, who plays for McKeel Academy in Lakeland, Florida. "That was when I had my meeting with (MSU head baseball) Coach (Ron) Polk and he offered me.

"My father was with me (on the official visit). This is a dream come true for everybody in my family."

Ok, so how did being a Mississippi State Bulldog become a dream come true for a kid from Lakeland, Florida?

"I went up there my freshman year for team camp and fell in love with the place," said Frankie, whose primary position is shortstop. "All the people were nice, the campus was beautiful and Coach Polk is the best coach in the NCAA. It was a dream come true when he offered, so I couldn't pass that chance up."

As for his official visit, he couldn't have had more fun.

"Brandon Turner was my host when I went up there, " said Frankie. "(The players) treated me awesome. They took me right in. I already felt like I was part of the team when I was up there."

Frankie chose Mississippi State over four other colleges.

"I was recruited by the University of Central Florida, Florida Southern College, Stetson University and Appalachian State," said Frankie Rawdow.

Frankie explained what the MSU coaches liked about him as a baseball player.

"Basically, they said they are looking for someone who can make the routine play," said the three-time Florida Class AAA All-State selection. "And they feel that I can do that for them. That was the biggest thing."

As for what he feels he is best at, Frankie said, "(my strengths are) my speed, my footwork and I have good hands. Those are the main things. I'm not a home run hitter, but I can get you base hits and doubles."

A lot of base hits in fact. Frankie, a National Honor Society member, batted .390, .458 and .398 his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. He also topped off his junior season by stealing 32 bases in 34 attempts.

He joins 5-10, 195-pound RHP/INF Caleb Reed and 6-2, 175-pound left-handed pitcher David Hayes as Bulldog commitments.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of Dawgs' Bite, Powered by, the source for Mississippi State sports on the sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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