Commits to MSU Baseball

Tyler Johnson, a 6-2, 190-pound righthand pitcher, took his official visit to Mississippi State this past weekend after committing to them about a month ago.

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"I committed about a month ago. I think it was on October 15th," said Tyler, who chose Mississippi State over an offer from Alabama. "I came over for my official (visit) this weekend with my family. I met with (MSU head baseball) Coach (Ron) Polk and just enjoyed the campus."

He explained why MSU won out over Alabama for his commitment.

"I thought long and hard about it, prayed about it a bunch. And talked about it over with my family. Alabama is a big football school and baseball is on down the line. But at Mississippi State, baseball is number one. Coach Polk has been there a long time and really created a great program and environment for his athletes."

Initially, it looked like Alabama was going to be the winner for this outstanding young righty, but an unusual occurrence at Alabama caused him to rethink where he really wanted to go.

"Back in the spring Alabama came to me and I committed to them early. Then, after (Alabama head baseball) Coach (Jim) Wells left I started doubting myself as to whether Alabama was the place where I wanted to be," said Tyler, who, in addition to the offers from MSU and Alabama, also received interest from Auburn and Ole Miss. "After that, I opened up my options again. Then, Mississippi State contacted me with a good offer. I thought things over and it turned out that Mississippi State was going to be better for me, so I committed to them."

And Mississippi State couldn't be happier because Tyler, who won't be 18-years old until mid-February, already throws his fastball in the high 80's to low 90's.

"My fastball (tops out) around 90 to 92 and I'm hoping to get up to 93, 94 by the spring," said Tyler. "I consistently throw 89 to 91."

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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