"I guess spotting the ball because I can't really overpower anybody."
What other pitches do you throw besides your fastball?
"Changeup and curveball."
What is your consistent fastball velocity?
"83 to 84."
Justin, when did you actually sign with Mississippi State?
In the official Mississippi State release you said you are an MSU fan. When did you actually become an MSU fan?
"I was just kind of raised that way. My dad was always a State fan, so I was kind of born into it."
So, signing with State was like a dream come true for you, I guess?
"Yeah, it really was."
I know you play a lot of baseball during the spring. Have you been able to go to many of State's games?
Besides Mississippi State, what other teams recruited you?
"Southern (Miss) was the only other team that I liked that really recruited me hard."
Did you officially visit them?
Did they offer you a scholarship?
Were State and Southern Miss the two schools that you officially visited?
What did you like about Southern Miss?
"It is local, more local than State is. It is only an hour away from me. I know a lot of the players on their team. My sister also went there before. That was basically it."
When did you actually visit Southern Miss? Was it a week, two weeks before your State visit?
"Maybe a month and a half."
When did State start actively recruiting you?
"This summer during 96ers baseball."
What coaches from State actively recruited you?
"Mostly all of them. (Coach Tommy) Raffo and (coach Daron) Schoenrock were the main two."
Talk about your visit to Mississippi State. What stood out about it?
"I liked how the last day we were there, we sat down with Coach Polk and he had two full pages of the good things about State. He went over each one with us. He was very honest with us. I really liked the facilities, too. They were really amazing."
Did he go ahead and offer a scholarship during your official visit?
"They offered that Sunday, the last day I was there."
Did you decide to go ahead and commit then or wait?
"I decided when he told me."
After he offered and you accepted, what was the feeling?
"Relief. I wanted to get it over with before my senior year. I didn't want to worry about it during high school baseball."
Now that you are a Mississippi State signee do you feel you have a bulls-eye on you?
"Oh yeah, oh yeah. State champion and now I'm going to State. I like it though."
Justin, I appreciate you taking the time to talk with me. Bye, bye.
From the official Mississippi State release.
Pigott is a 6-0, 175-pound left-handed pitcher from Picayune Memorial High School, where as a junior he helped lead coach Kent Kirkland's PMHS team to a 35-3 record, the 2002 state championship and a No. 13 national ranking. He was accorded first-team all-state and Biloxi Sun Herald Gulf Coast Player of the Year honors after compiling a 13-0 record with one save, a 1.60 earned run average and 89 strikeouts. He set school single-season records with 13 wins and 90 innings pitched.
Pigott also starred on the mound for the Maroon Tide as a sophomore, posting a 7-3 record with a 3.77 ERA and 71 strikeouts en route to second-team all-state honors. His PMHS team captured the 2001 South State title. He played summer league baseball with the Jackson 96ers and participated in the 2001 and 2002 State Games of Mississippi held in Meridian, Miss.
A member of the National Honor Society member and a four-time Superintendent's Scholar at Picayune Memorial HS, the MSU signee is the son of John and Dot Pigott of Picayune, Miss.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher and owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial site for Mississippi State sports since October, 1996. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org