Talks About His Visit to MSU

Eagle's View Academy (Jacksonville, Florida) shortstop Matt Bergquist talks about his official visit to Mississippi State.

"I got there Friday night and we went out to dinner that night," said Matt, who was making his first official visit. "I toured the campus Saturday, and watched the four-on-ones that they are doing right now. I hung out with Grant Houge a little bit, then went out to eat that night, too."

There were several things that impressed him about Mississippi State.

"I liked the campus. The coaching staff were good guys," said Matt, who is being recruited primarily by assistant coach Lane Burroughs. "I met most of the players and they seemed to be pretty cool guys.

"Lane Burroughs is my main recruiter for Mississippi State. He is a real cool guy who kind of has a dry sense of humor. I really liked him. (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen definitely knows what he is talking about. I can tell that by listening to his hitting philosophies."

He went into the official visit with quite a bit of knowledge about Mississippi State.

"I already knew about Mississippi State," said Matt. "Ron Polk was pretty much a coaching legend. And I knew they were getting a new coach in this year. I knew that they pretty much used to be the top dog in college baseball, but these past few years they had been going downhill a little bit. I know their fanbase is pretty much the best in the nation. They have record-breaking crowds every year."

After the visit, State moved up his recruiting ladder.

"They are definitely in my top two, top three choices," said Matt. "My top three are probably Tennessee, Mississippi State and NC State. They are pretty much even."

Next up visit-wise for Matt is Auburn.

"This was my first official visit," said Matt. "I'm visiting Auburn next week, the week after that I go to NC State. After that, I go to Chapel Hill, then to Tennessee."

As for offers, Matt currently has two with at least three more coming.

"NC State has offered me and Mississippi State has offered me," said the 6-0, 180-pounder. "The others said they were going to offer me when I visited them."

He explained why college coaches are so high on him.

"College coaches say they like that I hustle with everything that I do," said Matt Bergquist. "The other thing is my defense is the best aspect of my game. Those are pretty much the two things that get me noticed."

Keep it on and for the latest recruiting news on this very highly recruited baseball player.

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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