Star Juco Shortstop Visits MSU

Allen County (KS) Community College shortstop Dillon Hazlett, one of the top shortstops in junior college, talks about his official visit to Mississippi State and where State stands on his recruiting list.

"I had a great time," said Dillon of his visit. "Everyone there was very nice. The coaches were real nice, real cool. It was just kind of a laid back place."

He talked a little more in detail about the coaches, facilities and players.

Coaches - "I like the coaches a lot. They are pretty laid back, down to earth and easy to talk to. I feel like I can get along with them very well."

Facilities - "Overall, their facilities were above everyone's because they were brand new and bigger. The baseball stadium is huge. I wasn't expecting it to be that big. Their student athletic facilities for studying are huge and brand new. It was really nice. And their weightroom was really nice and big too. I was impressed."

Players - "Chad (Crosswhite) was my host for the whole weekend. He is a great guy. I liked him a lot. The other players came up and introduced themselves. And I probably hung out with nine or ten of them that night. They were really easy to talk to and hang out with."

While on his visit, he even got a little taste of the fan support that Mississippi State baseball is so well known for.

"I went to two of their (Maroon-White) World Series games," said Dillon. "I was surprised with their fan support at the games, They had a lot of fans for their World Series."

Now that he's had a chance to view the Mississippi State baseball program up close and personal, where do they stand in his recruiting.

"I would have to say they are at the top of my list," noted Dillon, who earned last year's Jayhawk Conference Freshman-of-the-Year award after hitting .384 with 7 home runs and 40+ RBI. " I really liked it there and had a great time on my trip. I really liked everything about it."

Next up is his final official visit which is to the University of North Carolina.

"I visit North Carolina this weekend," said Dillon, who, in addition to MSU, has visited TCU, Kansas State and Wichita State. "(Then) I'm going to make my (college) decision early next week."

Check back on to see who the lucky school will be.

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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