Earlier today, at 12:26 pm, Donnie Tabb contacted me by text to let me know that he was going to sign with Mississippi State. At that time he hadn't committed, but he attempted to later tonight.
"I called (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen to tell him I committed but he didn't answer the phone, so I left him a voicemail," said Tabb.
He finally was able to make the commitment official about an hour later.
"I talked to (assistant) Coach (Lane) Burroughs on the phone and he was very excited about my commitment," said Tabb.
Tabb explained why he chose Mississippi State.
"They were really the only school that I wanted to go to," he said. "And they were looking at me the most, so I decided I was going to State. I decided it this morning."
Tabb recently played in the inaugural Breakthrough Series at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California, during the week of July 21, 2008. He talked about that experience.
"It went good," said Tabb. "I liked it when they had all the Major Leaguers there like Rod Carew and some others."
Carew gave him some good advice that Tabb plans on taking.
"He said I looked like I was a power-hitter and that I should just relax my swing and get base hits," said Tabb.
Donnie Tabb is Mississippi State's sixth commitment in the class of 2009. Others include Tupelo High School righthander Chris Stratton, South Panola High School first baseman Ethan Bright, Briarwood Christian infielder/pitcher Ben Bracewell, Benjamin Russell High School righthanded pitcher Kendall Graveman and Cleburne County High School lefthanded pitcher C.C. Watson.
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