One Of Alabama's Best Visits MSU

Benjamin Russell (AL) High School pitcher/infielder Kendall Graveman unofficially visited Mississippi State Wednesday. So, how did the visit go?

"The coaching staff couldn't have been any better," said Kendall. "They were as nice as they could be in welcoming me. That was probably the biggest positive. Right next to it were the facilities. They have the nicest facilities that I have seen recruiting-wise. Another thing I noticed are the new dorms that we would be staying in. They are like staying in the Hilton hotel.

"I also like the small town environment (of Starkville) - it's very welcoming. I've heard numerous times that the people are as nice as they can be."

Another thing Kendall liked about the coaches was the lack of a high-pressure sale that you see in recruiting sometimes.

"They didn't try to pressure me into a commitment," said Kendall. "They treated me like they were my friends."

There was one negative, although a small one.

"The only negative was it was a little bit of a drive - a little over three hours," said Kendall.

Kendall's parents came with him and they were just as impressed with Mississippi State as he was.

"My mom and my dad went with me," said the 6-2, 165-pounder. "They think it is a great place to be. They thought it was a great campus. They thought like I did - it was great all-around."

So, what's his bottom-line feelings about Mississippi State now that he's seen it first-hand?

"Nice coaches, great facilities and their tradition, and they know baseball and how it is supposed to be like," said Kendall.

But Mississippi State is not the only school that is showing serious interest in this very talented baseball player.

"UAB called me and (head coach Brian Shoop) wants to offer a scholarship, too," said Kendall, who is being recruited as a pitcher. "Auburn is talking to me pretty heavily now and wants me to come down and take a visit. Since I haven't committed, I guess I will go to Auburn and see what they have to offer."

As for when he wants to make his commitment, he's got a pretty good idea.

"I kind of want to make a decision by August 1st," said Kendall. "It's pretty close in the process right now. There are things here and there that may sway it one way or the other, but I kind of have my mind made up, though. But I haven't committed anywhere yet."

This past weekend in the Alabama North-South All-Star Game, Kendall showed why he's so highly thought of by these three group of coaches.

"I went to Huntsville this past weekend and had a pretty good performance," said the humble youngster.

So how good is pretty good?

It was a good enough preformance to win him the Most Valuable Player for the South team. In the two-game series, he had several hits, several RBI, scored three runs, threw out a runner from right field, and he also played left field, third base and shortstop. He also pitched two innings, striking out four while giving up no runs or hits. About the only thing he didn't do was help out with the concessions, but that's probably due to him playing in 12 of the 14 innings.

Keep it on and to find out the latest on Kendall Graveman.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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