New MSU Baseball Commitment

Blinn College's Michael Dixon, a hard-throwing righthanded pitcher, has committed to Mississippi State and is expected to sign soon.

"I'm going to sign with Mississippi State," said Dixon who officially visited Mississippi State this past weekend. "The visit went really well. I liked it a lot. I think I would be really comfortable there. It feels more like home, a smaller town."

He also liked the MSU pitching coach and the baseball atmosphere at Mississippi State.

"I liked Coach (Butch) Thompson," said Dixon. "I think he is a good pitching coach. I like the atmosphere there and playing in front of all the fans."

Also factoring into his decision was the fact that two of his Blinn College teammates, Trey Johnson and Jonathan Ogden, have already signed with Mississippi State.

"My teammates going there was a big influence," said the 6-2, 220-pounder. "We are good friends and get along really well."

Although he has been one of Blinn College's starters, his role is expected to change once he gets to State.

"They told me that they want to use me as a closer," said Dixon. "I really like closing."

And he's definitely got the power arm you would expect a closer to have.

"My (four-seam) fastball is consistently 91 to 93 and I top out at 94," said Dixon. "The last game I pitched (as a starter) I was at 92 to 94. That was for six innings."

Obviously, with that kind of arm, Major League Baseball scouts have taken notice of him. But as of now, it looks like his plans are to be at Mississippi State next season.

"(The MLB scouts) have talked to me about the draft some but the only way I will go is if it's an offer that I can't pass up and I don't see that happening," said Dixon.

Dixon, used primarily as a starter this season for Blinn College after transferring from San Diego State, was 5-1 with a 5.08 earned run average and 52 strikeouts in 51.1 innings.

Dixon is Mississippi State's 17th signee in the 2008-2009 signing class.

Click here to view the complete list of other signees and walk-ons in the 2008-2009 class.

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