Bussey Marks Cohen Era's First Addition

John Cohen promised to be relentless on the recruiting trail and the newly hired Mississippi State baseball coach hung his first recruiting skin on the wall earlier this week. Dora, Alabama native Justin Bussey has signed with the Bulldogs and Friday evening he talked about his decision.

"I signed with Mississippi State two days ago," reported an excited Justin Bussey. "I was committed to Alabama and I was all set to sign with them. They had already sent me the papers and everything.

I was on the way home from Delta State when Mississippi State called me, so I stopped by and saw them on the way home. They ended up offering me."

The Bulldogs and Bussey talked a few times to ensure the scholarship situation was to the talented shortstop's liking.

Mississippi State had to beat out more than just Bussey's home state Crimson Tide to earn his signature.

"A lot of schools ended up offering me," reported Justin. "Alabama, UAB, Troy, Jacksonville State and I was supposed to fly down to LSU on a visit after their super regional, but that didn't happen. They wanted me to come down there after the world series. I have already signed now, so I won't be flying down there."

Justin had a stellar career at Shelton State were he set records for single season at bats and career stolen bases, 57. The .300 hitter swiped 30 bases in 2008 to go along with a 3-1 pitching record that included two saves.

Bussey will be a two-way player for Mississippi State. He will serve as a middle infielder as well as a closer out of the bullpen.

The chance to play at Dudy Noble field for Coach John Cohen is an opportunity, Justin is excited about.

"I know Coach Cohen turned around the program at Kentucky and made them a lot better than what they were," said Justin. "We're been talking for about a week and I am real excited about playing for him. He's going to play the best players and he wants you to be your best. He is going to push you to be your best.

He wants to play with a lot of intensity and that's what I like. When the game is on the line, I like to get down and dirty. That's the kind of player I am."

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