While C.T. Bradford didn't visit Starkville and Mississippi State very often, when he did get that chance he always came away impressed.
"We have probably gone to Starkville three times and I have seen three (Mississippi State baseball) games since I have been alive," said C.T., the Northwest Florida 5A Player of The Year as voted by the coaches. "But when I did go back I loved it. I loved everything about it."
Fast forward to the fall of 2008.
"He visited Mississippi State in the fall and visited with (MSU head baseball) Coach (John) Cohen and (MSU assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson and toured the facilities and fell in love with it," said Mike.
The only question in their minds was did Mississippi State love him as much as he loved them. The answer was received just a few short months later.
"He didn't know whether Mississippi State had interest in him at all at that stage, but in the springtime Mississippi State came and watched him practice right before they went to Hawaii and invited him up again to talk an offer," said Mike.
The Bradfords took the visit the Auburn weekend.
"We came up for the Auburn series and C.T. spent the day with Coach Cohen and Coach Thompson, mainly with Coach Cohen," said Mike. "He kind of got a feel of what gameday was like at Mississippi State. He loved it and he loved Coach Cohen. He felt like Coach Cohen was right up his alley from a competitive standpoint; always hustle, hustle, hustle."
And like Cohen C.T. has a passion when it comes to winning or should I say not losing.
"I hate to lose," said C.T., who is currently hitting over .400 for the number 1 ranked 18U team in summer ball, the Florida Bombers. "Whenever you go home after losing you think about it and can't fall asleep that night. It just eats at you that bad."
C.T. received his offer from the Bulldog staff the Saturday night of his visit. And it didn't take long to make a decision.
"Coach Thompson made the offer on Saturday night," said Mike. "We came back on Sunday after a long talk on Saturday night and he was ready to verbally commit."
And C.T. committed that Sunday something that actually wasn't in the plans when the recruiting process initially began.
"Initially, he wanted to go through the process because he had a number of folks who were sending him letters and sending him emails asking him to call," said Mike. "They were LSU, Virginia, Florida State, the University of Miami, UCF, Auburn a little bit, Boston College."
But despite so much interest from baseball powerhouses throughout the south, in C.T.s mind the decision was simple.
"I love Coach Cohen and Coach Thompson,," said C.T. "I loved the atmosphere, the way the Left Field Lounge is. And it just really suited me perfectly."
And his dad is just as happy, not so much because he's going to carry on the Bulldog tradition but because his son is being rewarded for all his hard work.
"It's not about me," said Mike. "Where the emotion comes from is I'm just tickled pink that he's going to be able to play at that level. He's worked very hard and I know he'll continue to work hard. And I know he will be ready to go the fall of his freshman season."
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 email@example.com.