One Of Mississippi's Best Commits to MSU

The Mississippi State baseball staff received a commitment Sunday from junior Chase Lewallen, a middle infielder who plays his high school ball for Sumrall (MS) High School.

"I verbally committed to Mississippi State today," said Chase. "The coaches were excited. (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen told me that I made his day."

And it made Chase's day as well.

"That's where I have always wanted to play since I was a little kid," he said. "I've grown up a Mississippi State fan my whole life."

One member of the current Mississippi State coaching staff has been impressed with Chase for a couple of years.

"(Assistant) Coach (Lane) Burroughs, who had been at Southern Miss last year, looked at me when I was at Magee," said Chase. "I (transferred) to Sumrall from Magee my 10th grade year. He was scouting some of our older guys and saw me then."

And when Coach Burroughs was hired to coach at Mississippi State, he immediately started recruiting Chase.

"They started recruiting me during the (Mississippi) State Games last (summer)," said the 5-10, 185-pounder.

And their scholarship offer was extended a few weeks ago.

"I went up to Ole Miss about three weeks ago and they offered me a scholarship, and Mississippi State, who had been talking to me the entire time, offered right after Ole Miss did," said Chase.

Those offers are just two of the five that he has received.

"I also received offers from Florida State, Oklahoma State and Southern Miss," said Chase. "Florida State offered me in Jupiter, Florida this past summer when I went and played down there. I went 12-for-13 with 2 home runs. Oklahoma State offered me the beginning of this school year. My grandpa is big into their program up there because he played there. Southern Miss offered me as soon as Ole Miss did. That's when all the Mississippi schools came after me."

He explained what the college coaches like about his game.

"They said they like my energy on the field, the way I play the game," said Chase, who has played both the infield and caught during his career. "My glove was what brought Mississippi State to me at first and my arm is pretty good, too. I threw something like a 1.8+ at the State Games as a catcher."

Chase explained what the Mississippi State fans are going to see when he steps foot on Dudy Noble Field for the first time.

"I'm a base hit hitter and I drag bunt a lot," noted Chase, who is currently hitting .486 with 26 stolen bases in 23 games this season. "I have pretty good speed. I'm pretty good defensively. I've only made two errors at shortstop."

And he has hopes of using those skills to win championships at the high school level and the collegiate level.

"I'm going to try to win three state championships before I graduate," said Chase, who helped his team win a state championship last year as a sophomore. "Then when I get to Mississippi State I want us to win the SEC (Championship) and get us a College World Series ring."

Look for future Chase Lewallen updates over the course of the next two years.


Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.


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