Another Lefty From Alabama Commits to MSU

The Mississippi State baseball coaching staff had recently received a commitment from C.C. Watson, an outstanding lefthanded pitcher from Alabama. They received another dose of excellent news when Hartselle, Alabama lefty Luke Bole called to commit Tuesday night.

"I called (MSU assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson and asked him if he was ready to win a national championship," said Bole with a smile on his face. "He said, 'yes sir.' Then I asked him if there was room for me on that bus (laugh). He said, 'yes sir.' And I said, well, I'll hopefully see you there next fall."

He explained his reasoning behind choosing Mississippi State.

"I have known about Mississippi State all my life, and I knew they were always real good in baseball," said Bole. "(Former MSU head) Coach (Ron) Polk, who is not there anymore, really brought that program up. And (current MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen is going to do the same thing because he really turned Kentucky around.

"I also really like their coaching staff. And they offer what I want to major in -- Waterfowl Ecology. But I'll be in the Wildlife and Fishery Science Department. I'm also real good friends with a player that is going there - C.C. Watson."

He's just recently become friends with Watson.

"I really didn't know who he was until I got to the East Coast Pro in Tampa," said Bole. "But I knew he had committed to Mississippi State and that was where I was leaning. So I decided to get to know him real well and find out what he thought about State."

And getting to know Watson turned out to be a key factor in his decision.

"That influenced me a lot because I knew he was a real good lefthanded pitcher who was going down there," said Bole. "And I felt if we both went down there, (Mississippi State) would be pretty good."

Bole mentioned earlier he had known about Mississippi State his entire life. While living just three and a half hours away would lead you to believe that's the reason he knew about State, it's actually due to another factor.

"My granddad moved (to Hartselle, AL) from Mississippi with my dad," said Bole. "And my granddad has always been a Mississippi State fan."

While that gave him a unique insight into Mississippi State, it didn't influence his decision in choosing State.

"My family told me to make the best decision that I could - just wherever I thought was the perfect fit," said Bole.

And that fit turned out to be Mississippi State.

He chose State over numerous other colleges, many that wound up offering scholarships.

"I was also recruited by Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, South Alabama, North Florida, Florida, Clemson and Stanford," said Bole. "I received offers from Alabama, of course Mississippi State, North Florida, Kennesaw State, Auburn, South Alabama, North Carolina and a lot of junior colleges."

And several of those schools were coming in for in-home visits this week and next week, although now that he has committed those plans have been canceled.

"Alabama and Auburn were going to come in this week and North Carolina was going to come in next week," said Bole, who was 9-0 with 4 saves last spring.

If you are wondering why he is so highly thought of, there are very few lefties that have the arm that Bole has.

"(This summer) my velocity was 88-91 down at Tampa at the East Coast Pro, and when I was at (the WWBA in Marietta, GA) I was probably at 88 to 90," said Bole. "I also throw a slider that comes in at about 80 miles per hour. I also throw a changeup - some days it's 72 and some days it's 78. I can spot my ball up. That's what makes me so effective."

You may also wonder why, with so many schools actively recruiting him, he decided to go ahead and announce his commitment. Bole had a quick response to that train of thought.

"I just wanted to get it over with so I could forget about baseball and concentrate on football," said Bole, who is the starting quarterback for the Hartselle High School team.

While he's received no scholarship offers in football, he's generated a lot of recruiting interest from college programs throughout the south.

"In football I have been recruited by Tennessee-Chattanooga, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Arkansas and several others," he noted.

But with his commitment to Mississippi State baseball, Luke Bole's recruitment in both baseball and football has officially come to an end.

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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