Dogs Add Three Pitchers

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A pair of talented high school pitchers from Alabama and a pitcher/outfielder from the Texas junior college ranks are the latest additions to coach John Cohen's first baseball recruiting class at Mississippi State University.

Cohen announced Thursday the signing of Luke Bole, a left-handed pitcher from Hartselle, Ala., right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman from Alexander City, Ala., and left-handed outfielder/pitcher Trey Johnson from Tyler, Texas.

"All three of these young men are outstanding pitchers and are great additions to the Mississippi State program," said Cohen. "This is a great year for high school pitching talent in the state of Alabama, and our coaching staff has worked very hard to be successful in recruiting there. Trey is one of the top junior college prospects and will be able to step in and help us immediately in the outfield and on the mound. We are thrilled they will be continuing their baseball careers at Mississippi State."

The week-long early signing period for college baseball continues through November 19.

Luke Bole, LHP, 6-3, 190, L-L, Hartselle, Ala. (Hartselle High School)

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year southpaw pitching standout at Hartselle HS … Coached by William Booth … Posted a 7-0 record with three saves and a 2.10 earned run average as a junior … registered 45 strikeouts in 40 innings … Helped lead the HHS Tigers to a 39-12 mark and an advancement to the semifinals of the state playoffs … Also hit .292 with 15 extra-base hits as a junior …. Named to the 2008 Alabama Baseball Coaches Association All-Star competition in Troy, Ala. … Invited to the East Coast Pro Showcase in Lakeland, Fla. … Registered five wins, two saves and a 3.25 ERA as a sophomore … Recipient of the team's hitting award after batting a career-best .330 and belting a team-best six home runs in 2007 …Earned all-area honors and received the team's pitching award as a freshman in 2006 after posting a 6-1 mark with two saves and a staff-best 2.07 ERA … Played summer league baseball in 2008 for the East Cobb (Marietta, Ga.) Shamrocks, coached by Jamie Crane … Played four years of football and two years of basketball at HHS … Served four years an athletics representative and a member of Students Against Drunk Drivers (SADD). PERSONAL: Born Luke Bradley Bole on March 28, 1991 in Florence, Ala. … Son of Beth and Brad Bole of Hartselle, Ala.

COHEN ON BOLE: "Luke is a very athletic, highly-skilled left-handed pitcher and has the potential to have power stuff --- a power breaking ball and a power fastball. He'll probably face another decision after the professional draft in June, but we're thrilled that he is a Bulldog."

Kendall Graveman, RHP, 6-2, 175, Alexander City, Ala. (Benjamin Russell High School)

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter as a right-handed pitcher and shortstop at Benjamin Russell HS … Coached by Richy Brooks … Completed his junior season with a 5-2 record, three saves and a 1.83 earned run average … Struck out 42 in 54 innings … Also hit .385 with a team-high 10 doubles and seven stolen bases … Hit .373 with 20 RBI in 2007 … Two-time participant in the Alabama High School Coaches Association All-Star Weekend, earning MVP honors in 2008 … Played the last two summer seasons with the East Alabama "A's", coached by Scott Sullivan and Mark Fuller … Varsity letterman in football in 2007 and 2008 … Voted Most Athletic and Mr. BRHS as a senior in 2008-09 … Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society … Active participant in community service projects.

PERSONAL: Born Kendall Chase Graveman on December 21, 1990 in Tallapoosa County, Ala. … Son of Sharon and Gary Graveman of Alexander City, Ala.

COHEN ON GRAVEMAN: "Kendall has just scratched the surface of what he can become as a pitcher. His potential is limitless. He's a physical kid with a great arm, and he's going to just get better and better. Like Luke Bole, Kendall was a very good high school football player and an outstanding student."

Trey Johnson, OF, 5-11, 195, L-L, Tyler, Texas (Robert E. Lee High School)

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Standout outfielder and pitcher in 2008 at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas … Coached by Harvey McIntyre … Hit .361 with a team-leading 15 doubles and 10 home runs … Also notched a 6-5 pitching mark … Earned first-team all-conference honors as a freshman.

HIGH SCHOOL: All-state dual-position performer for coach Mike Pirtle during his prep career at Tyler's Robert E. Lee High School … Led the Red Raiders with a .407 batting average, 32 RBI, five home runs and 16 stolen bases in 16 attempts in 2007 … Registered a 12-1 pitching record with a 0.98 ERA and 93 strikeouts as a senior …. District 12-5A MVP and All-East Texas Player of the Year … Second-team Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State selection as a pitcher and all-star pick as am outfielder … Also a second-team all-state selection as an outfielder and third-team all-state pick as a pitcher by the Texas Sportswriters Association … 2007 Tyler Morning Telegraph Player of the year … Earned academic all-state honors … Member of the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the RELHS student senate … Played six summer seasons with the Dallas Tigers, coached by Linty Ingram and Tommy Hernandez … First-team all-tournament outfielder at the AABC Connie Mack World Series.

PERSONAL: Born Walter Lloyd Johnson III on March 16, 1989 in Tyler, Texas … Son of Terri and Chip Johnson.

COHEN ON JOHNSON: "As an outfielder and a pitcher, Trey brings so many different skills. He's got power and speed, and he's an exceptionally bright kid with great baseball instincts. Trey has been coached well in high school and in junior college, and is ready to step in and play."

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