Juco Shortstop Commits To MSU

Shelton State (AL) Community College shortstop Nick Vickerson has committed to Mississippi State.

"I committed (Tuesday)," said the 6-0, 195-pounder. "I called the (Mississippi State) coaches and they were really excited. I'm ready to get this thing going next year."

Several things impressed him about State when he officially visited them the weekend of the Vanderbilt football game.

"I really liked the rich tradition, and I know the atmosphere is great," said Nick. "I've never been to a game there, but I've watched them on tv and I've heard a lot about it. I know people who have had family that have played there. I had also heard a lot of good things about (head coach John Cohen) and his hitting philosophy."

He also had connections with one of the current MSU players.

"I actually roomed with (current Bulldog) Jarrod Parks at Meridian (CC) and I know a couple of other players down there," said Nick, who attended Meridian Community College in the fall of 2007 on a baseball scholarship prior to transferring to Florida State during the Christmas break.

He chose Mississippi State over several schools, including Troy and Southern Miss.

"I also visited Troy," said Nick, a Tuscaloosa native who transferred to Shelton State after playing at Florida State last spring as a true freshman, going 6-for-15 with 3 RBI in 13 games. "I was supposed to visit Southern Miss this weekend, but I didn't because I decided to commit instead."

As for how the Bulldog coaching staff found out about Nick, they saw him first-hand this fall on Dudy Noble Field.

"They had come to watch me a few times," said Nick, considered an outstanding defensive shortstop. "Then, we came over to play Meridian (CC) in a doubleheader at Mississippi State (this fall) and they saw me then."

Nick Vickerson, who was an All-State selection his senior season in high school, played his prep ball at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he set an AHSAA record for runs scored in a single season with 85 during his senior season. He also hit .359 with 9 home runs, 20 doubles and 4 triples while driving in 48 runs and stealing 19 bases.

He is Mississippi State's 14th 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
  • 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 Wes Thigpen
  • Hutchinson (KS) Community College lefthanded pitcher Tim Statz
  • Pope (Marietta, GA) High School lefthanded pitcher Matt Lane
  • Navarro (TX) Community College outfielder Jaron Shepherd

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