Talks About His Commitment to MSU

6-4, 200-pound lefthander Nick Routt of St. John's Collge High School in Washington, DC, committed to Mississippi State after officially visiting there this past weekend.

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"I committed to Mississippi State," said Nick, who chose the Bullldogs over offers from Wake Forest, West Point, the University of New Orleans and Maryland. "I visited there this past weekend. My dad came down with me. I think he loved it."

In fact, it was not only his first time to see Mississippi State first-hand, but his first time to set foot on Mississippi soil.

"It was my first time to visit Mississippi," said the 17-year old. "It was definitely a culture shock and a lot different down there, but I liked it. I think it's a good fit."

He explained why Mississippi State was the best fit for him.

"It seemed like they had everything that I needed and everything I wanted," noted Nick. "It's a great baseball program and has a great coach. And once I got down there I realized how nice it was and that I wanted to go there. They also have engineering, which is what I really want to go into."

Nick's primary recruiter was MSU pitching coach Russ McNickle.

"Mainly Coach McNickle was the one who recruited me," said Nick. "He was the first one to contact me. He seemed like a really nice guy and he definitely knows what he's talking about. I can definitely see myself progressing and getting better."

Nick joins five other Bulldog commitments who will be signing on the dotted line during the upcoming week, beginning Wednesday morning. The five are Caleb Reed, David Hayes, Frankie Rawdow, Tyler Johnson and Devin Jones.

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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