Mitchell Talks About His Commitment to MSU

Wheeler (GA) High School senior-to-be righthanded pitcher/outfielder Evan Mitchell talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.

"I just committed to Mississippi State," Evan told me Tuesday morning.

There were several things that impressed him about Mississippi State.

"I felt like it was a perfect fit for me," said Evan, who also received attention from Georgetown, The Citadel, The Naval Academy, Davidson, Presbyterian College and Georgia State. "They play in one of the top conferences in the country. I feel it's an opportunity for me to do great things."

He explained what the Mississippi State coaches like about him.

"They are recruiting mainly for pitching because they think I'm a raw pitcher that they think they can develop me into something special," said the recently turned 17-year-old who only pitched in 4 games this past season due to a pulled muscle in his side.

Evan has three pitches that he feels comfortable with, including a high-80's fastball that has very good cutting action.

"I throw a fastball, curveball and a changeup," said Evan, who only pitched in three games this past season. "My out pitch is my curveball and maybe the changeup. My fastball velocity is around 88, and I've hit 89 and 90 once or twice."

While he has great arm strength and command of his pitches, Evan feels he has another attribute that will bode well for his future in the very rugged Southeastern Conference.

"I'm a competitor and I feel like I can battle with anyone," said the 6-1.5, 165-pound youngster.

Evan is also a very versatile athlete who has played numerous positions for both his high school and summer travel teams, including right field, center field, shortstop and pitcher.

(Although I didn't get to see Evan pitch in a game while attending the 17U World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) National Championship, he did throw a bullpen near the end of a game that I attended Wednesday morning. He consistently threw a two-seam fastball with cutting action 86 miles per hour, his changeup 77 miles per hour and a 71-73 miles per hour slurve type curveball that dropped almost straight down as it reached home plate.-Gene).

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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