Frazier Talks About His MSU Commitment

Oconee (GA) High School senior-to-be Adam Frazier talks about his commitment to Mississippi State baseball.

"I committed to Mississippi State Saturday morning, the day after (MSU assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson came over for an in-home (visit)," said Adam. "It was July 3rd, the Friday after the first day coaches could call. It went really well and was a lot of fun."

After sleeping on it, his decision was made.

"I called Coach Thompson, then right after that I called (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen," said Adam. "They were very excited. They wanted to make sure I felt 100% sure and I told them yes sir, I did."

It's not surprising that he committed considering he had taken three unofficial visits to Mississippi State over the course of the previous two years and was impressed each time.

"I have been to Mississippi State three times," said Adam. "I went over there to a camp two years ago with (former MSU head) Coach (Ron) Polk and loved it. I just felt like that was the place I wanted to be."

And he also felt just as comfortable with the new coaching staff.

"I felt comfortable with all the coaches," said the two-time first-team All-Region 8AAA selection "The facilities are the best that they get. And the opportunity to come in and play (early is there). I felt like if I come in and perform I have a good chance of playing."

While Mississippi State ended up with his commitment, they were just one of many schools that recruited him.

"I've had a pretty good bit of interest (from schools) come July 1st (the first day college coaches could call recruits)," said Adam. "I received calls from Florida State, UAB, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Georgia, Samford, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville State, North Georgia, Georgia Southern ... a pretty good range of schools."

Several schools offered prior to July 1st while others told him during their July 1st calls that an offer would be extended.

"UAB was my first offer, then Mississippi State was my second," said Adam, a two-time Georgia Dugout Club Top 100 selection. "Florida State was third, then North Georgia, then everybody else came along July 1st. Basically all of them that called me said they were going to offer. Some wanted me to come over for a visit, then they would formally offer."

While it would have easy to take a few visits and add to his already impressive offer list, Adam had the one offer that he had been hoping for - Mississippi State.

"They offered and it's hard to pass up Mississippi State just because of the tradition and the legacy that they have had," said Adam.

And Mississippi State is getting a player who has the talent to carry on that tradition in a big way. In addition to his All-Region and Georgia Dugout Club honors, he also help lead Team Georgia to the very prestigious 2009 Junior Sunbelt Classic championship held in McAlester, Oklahoma, going 17-for-36 (.472 batting average) with 8 doubles and 1 home run in his team's 10 games (9-1). For his efforts he was chosen to the All-Tournament team.

To top it off, he's also 15 doubles away from the Georgia state high school career record for doubles (all classifications).

(I saw Adam Frazier play in the 17U World Wood Bat Association National Championship series this week in Marietta, Ga. He showed excellent batspeed, easily getting around on a 90 mile per hour fastball for a single up the middle. He also showed very good defense and a good arm as a middle infielder.-Gene)


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


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