Primetime Florida Outfielder Commits to MSU

One of the best players in Florida, Pace High School junior outfielder C.T. Bradford, committed to the Mississippi State coaching staff this past weekend.

"I committed to Mississippi State," said C.T. who first started being recruited by Mississippi State last fall when he came to MSU for one of their Junior Days.

He explained why he decided Mississippi State was the right choice for him.

"I had been coming up here since I was little coming up for games and on weekends," said C.T. "So, I knew I liked it, but when I was here in the fall I knew this was a great place for me."

As for coming up to games since he was little, that wasn't by chance.

"My dad (Mike Bradford) played at Mississippi State in '82, '83," said the 5-9, 160-pounder.

Although he received his actual offer from Mississippi State this past Saturday, the offer had basically been extended for a while.

"When I first started this process, I told everybody that I wanted to wait," said C.T. "And (MSU assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson was very nice about that. He said whenever I wanted to commit that they would offer me."

C.T. and his family mulled it over a while, then decided it was time.

"We thought about it and came up this weekend knowing that if we received the offer we deserved then we would go with that and I would become a Bulldog", said C.T., who also received serious recruiting interest from the likes of UCF, LSU, Auburn, Clemson, Miami, Florida State and other less high profile colleges.

C.T. explained the things the Mississippi State coaching staff liked about him.

"The main thing they liked about me was the style that (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen has," said C.T., who plays center field for his high school team. "It's how they push a single into a double. That's my style. I hustle everywhere I go. You aren't going to find me walking on the baseball field. And I love to steal bags and I hit gap to gap. I just think it fit perfectly."

C.T. Bradford is currently hitting .511 with 13 stolen bases in sixteen games. His team is currently 15-1 on the season.

Look for future updates about C.T. as the season continues.

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