New MSU Baseball Commitment

State champion Sumrall (MS) High School ace righthanded pitcher Jared Miller, a senior, has committed to Mississippi State.

"I called (Mississippi State pitching coach) Butch Thompson this morning and committed," said Jared, who chose MSU over a D-I offer from South Alabama. "He was happy, real excited."

Mississippi State is where Jared has been wanting to go and he received his opportunity Friday night.

"I've been wanting to go there for a long time," said Jared. "I had been to their camps before and really loved the hospitality that they showed me. I was just waiting on an offer and I received it yesterday."

And it didn't take him long to accept it.

"I told Coach Thompson I wanted to talk to my parents about it and I would let him know," said the 6-3, 210-pounder.

And Saturday morning he made the call.

Jared explained what Coach Thompson liked about his pitching talent and ability.

"Coach Thompson said he wanted to bring in a couple of power arms this year and I was one of them," said Jared, who throws his fastball consistently in the 89 to 90 range, topping out at 92 to 93. "He also likes how I keep the ball low."

A fastball isn't the only pitch he has in his arsenal.

"I also throw a curveball, a changeup and a split finger," noted Jared. "I have good control of my curveball, I'm still developing my changeup and I'm working with my split finger."

Jared gives his current high school coach a lot of credit for his development as a pitcher.

"Coach Knight has done a great job of getting me ready for college," said Jared.

This past season, Jared was 11-0 on the mound with a 1.90+ earned run average to go along with his 100+ strikeouts and 30 walks in 70+ innings.

Although he expects to be a pitcher exclusively at Mississippi State, he's a very good high school hitter who batted .420, with 14 home runs and 51 runs batted in this past season.

Jared Miller is Mississippi State's 18th commitment or signee during the 2008/2009 recruiting season.

The other 17 are:

  • South Panola High School (Batesville, MS) 1B/RHP, 6-5, 230, L-R Ethan Bright
  • Brookhaven (MS) Academy, C, 6-1, 225, L-R Kolby Byrd
  • Tupelo (MS) High School, RHP, 6-3, 175, R-R Chris Stratton
  • Hartselle (AL) High School, INF, 6-3, 190, L-L Luke Bole
  • Benjamin Russell High School (Alexander City, AL), RHP, 6-2, 175, R-R Kendall Graveman
  • Blinn College, Tyler, TX, OF/LHP, 5-11, 195, L-L Trey Johnson
  • Briarwood Christian School (Birmingham, AL), INF/RHP, 6-0, 180, R-R Ben Bracewell
  • Meridian (MS) Community College, C, 6-0, 195, R-R Wesley Thigpen
  • Cleburne County High School (Heflin, AL), LHP, 6-0, 190, L-L C.C. Watson
  • Pope High School (Marietta, GA), LHP, 6-5, 180, R-L Matt Lane
  • Navarro College (Texas), OF, 6-2, 180, L-L Jaron Shepherd
  • Shelton (AL) State Community College, SS, 6-0, 195, R-R Nick Vickerson
  • Howard College (Texas), OF, 5-11, 180, R-R Runey Davis
  • Hutchinson (KS) Community College, LHP, 6-0, 160, L-L Tim Statz
  • Hartselle (AL) High School, LHP, 6-1, 176, L-L Chad Girodo
  • Blinn (TX) College, SS, 5-10, 175, R-R Jonathan Ogden
  • Blinn (TS) College, RHP, 6-24, 220, R-R Michael Dixon

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