Stark Talks About His Commitment to MSU

Northwest Rankin (MS) High School senior-to-be INF/OF/RHP Taylor Stark talks about his commitment to Mississippi State baseball as well as being chosen to play in the East Coast Pro Showcase.

"Mississippi State called me on (July) 1st and told me that they liked how I play the game," said Taylor. "I told them then that I was going to commit."

And he followed through by committing a few days later.

"I went on a visit a couple of days later," said the 6-0, 165-pounder. "They made an offer and I committed. I committed to (assistant coach) Lane Burroughs and (head) Coach (John) Cohen. They really wanted me and felt that I had a lot to offer and that I could play a lot of positions."

Committing to Mississippi State is a dream come true for Taylor, a long-time Bulldog fan.

"It's always been a dream of mine to go to Mississippi State," said the youngster. "All of our house has Mississippi State stuff in it. And I have a brother and a sister who graduated from there. Both are in med school.

"You grow up a Bulldog and your older brother and sister went there and it's your turn. It's a great feeling."

While his commitment is a great feeling for Taylor and the Mississippi State coaches, it wasn't such a great feeling for the other coaches that were recruiting him.

"On July 1st I had a lot of phone calls - LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, West Alabama, Stanford," said Taylor. "They said they liked how I play the game, that I am a great competitor and they said they think I would be a good fit for their college.

"But I then told them I had committed to Mississippi State and thanked them for calling. I didn't want to lead them on."

With his recruitment now out of the way, he can concentrate on playing in the prestigious East Coast Pro Showcase which is held in Lakeland, Florida from July 31st through August 4th.

Taylor explained how he wound up being invited to the tryout and what he did to make the Padres team, a team consisting of players from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and the Florida panhandle area.

"I talked to a pro scout before the season and he told me that he liked that I was quick and smooth at the same time," said Taylor. "He also said that he liked my feet and also how I put the ball in play. He got our schedule and said he would be coming to watch me play."

Which he did very early in the season. And it's obvious he liked what he saw.

"The scout I talked to came to watch the Hartselle, Alabama game that we played at our field," said Taylor. "I hit a home run and a double and he started following me throughout the season.

"Right at the end of the season he told me that I have potential and that he wanted me to come to the (East Coach Pro) Showcase (tryout)."

Taylor did well during the tryout.

"When I was out there I was hustling the whole time," said Taylor. "We ran the 60, got five ground balls (on defense) and I think we got 16 cuts (with the bat). We were using wood bats and I hit a couple of balls off the wall. I also ran a 6.62 in the 60."

He found out a few weeks later that he had made the team.

"I found out that I made it through a letter in the mail," said Taylor. "I didn't really know what was in the letter because I've gotten a lot of letters from a lot of pro teams wanting me to fill out information. I was real excited but I kind of just kept it in the house."

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