New MSU Baseball Commitment

Pope (Marietta, Georgia) High School lefthanded pitcher Matt Lane has committed to Mississippi State.

"I committed to Mississippi State (Tuesday) afternoon," said Matt Lane, who also considered Georgia, Auburn and Virginia Tech.

He explained why he chose Mississippi State.

"I knew about their tradition and how much they love baseball in Starkville," noted Lane, who will officially visit Mississippi State November 7-9. "And I wanted to be a part of an SEC team that was a baseball powerhouse. And they have brought in a successful head baseball coach from Kentucky as well as a successful pitching coach. It just seemed like the right fit to me."

MSU's pitching coach, Butch Thompson, was the coach who recruited Lane.

"Coach Butch (Thompson) started talking to me back when he was at Auburn," said Lane. "And he came down to a couple of high school games of mine. He also saw me pitch at Jupiter (Florida) this past weekend. He liked what he saw there and then started talking to a bunch of my coaches about me and it went from there."

As for things he liked, Lane said, "Coach Thompson said he saw something special in me and he's excited about my projection."

And what a projection it is.

"I (consistently) throw (my fastball) 87 to 88 now, and I got up to 89 in the spring," said the 6-5, 180-pounder who turned 18-years-old less then three months ago. "Early in my junior year I was throwing 82 to 84. I also throw a plus curveball, which is my out pitch, and a decent changeup."

Lane plans on signing with Mississippi State during the upcoming November signing period.

He is Mississippi State's 13th commitment...

  • South Panola (MS) High School first baseman Ethan Bright
  • Tupelo (MS) High School righthanded pitcher Chris Stratton
  • Briarwood Christian (AL) infielder/righthanded pitcher Ben Bracewell
  • Benjamin Russell (AL) High School righthanded pitcher Kendall Graveman
  • Cleburne County (AL) High School lefthanded pitcher C.C. Watson
  • Neshoba Central (MS) HIgh School outfielder/righthanded pitcher Donnie Tabb
  • Hartselle (AL) High School lefthanded pitcher Luke Bole
  • Blinn (TX) College outfielder Trey Johnson
  • Hoover (AL) High School middle infielder Sam Frost
  • Brookhaven (MS) Academy catcher Kolby Byrd
  • Meridian (MS) Community College catcher Wesley Thigpen
  • Hutchinson (KS) Community College lefthanded pitcher Tim Statz

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