New MSU Baseball Commitment

Mississippi State received a commitment from Blinn College sophomore shortstop Johnathan Ogden today.

"I committed to Mississippi State today," said Ogden. "I talked to (MSU assistant) Coach (Lane) Burroughs. My parents and I are pretty excited about me being able to play in the SEC and for Mississippi State. It's always been a dream of mine to play in the SEC and play in front of big crowds.

"I've also heard a lot of good things about (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen and Coach Burroughs. My coach here at Blinn College actually played college ball for both of them at Northwestern. And (MSU signee) Trey Johnson, my teammate at Blinn College, has a lot of good things to say about the program and the facilities."

Ogden chose Mississippi State over an offer from the University of Houston.

State, in need of more middle infielders, jumped in the recruiting picture for Ogden a few weeks ago.

"They talked to my coach here at Blinn College and told him they were looking for a middle infielder," said the 5-10, 171-pounder. "And they started recruiting me about a month ago and called me. They came out Monday of last week, watched me play and gave me the offer."

Ogden, who played his high school ball at Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas, will give State a strong-armed shortstop who is very good in the field.

"I'm pretty solid defensively," said Johnathan Ogden, who is currently fielding in the .980 range at his shortstop position. "I have range and an arm that can let me make up for balls in the hold. My arm is probably my biggest strength."

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