MSU Baseball Has a "Bright" Future

Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen has built a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters. Cohen and his newly hired baseball staff flexed their recruiting muscles over the weekend and picked up a commitment from one of the nation's top prospects, Ethan Bright of South Panola.

Ethan Bright profile

"I committed to Mississippi State," said an excited Ethan Bright. "I like what Coach Cohen and Coach Burroughs have planned there, so I decided to commit to them."

The USA Baseball All-Star drew interest from around the country, but primarily from the southeast. A visit to Starkville yesterday proved to be the moment Ethan was looking for.

"I took an unofficial visit over there yesterday and I liked everything that had to say, so I went ahead and committed," said the 6-5, 225 pounder. "They want me to play first base. As long as I come in and compete and play well, I have a chance to play as a freshman."

Ethan along with his good friend and teammate David Renfroe are considered the top two prospects in the state of Mississippi. Both Mississippi State and Ole Miss have both made an effort to sign both of the South Panola standouts, but the pair are headed in opposite directions for their college days.

"I had to call and tell Ole Miss I wasn't coming," said Bright. "They made a nice offer and they were kind of expecting me to come, but I have to do what's best for me. I never really had a favorite school growing up. I liked Mississippi State and Ole Miss both. I never really liked one more than the other."

The Bulldogs were able to earn the nod as the favorite when it came to Ethan's future in large part to the level of attention he received from the MSU coaching staff.

"Ever since Coach Cohen got hired, I have been in touch with him and Coach Burroughs," said Bright. "They really stayed in touch with me. I talked with Coach Burroughs a lot."

Ethan was the team leader in RBIs for the Tigers as a junior and he belted 7 homeruns to go along with his .422 batting average. Bright will put his skills on display later in the summer in a major All-Star event.

"I am going to be playing on the East Coast team at a tournament later this summer in Lakeland, Florida," said Bright. "After that I will just focus on school. I am glad to get it over with and know where I am going. It feels good."

Bright plays his summer league baseball for the Jackson 96ers.


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