New Jersey RHP Commits to MSU

St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, New Jersey) righthanded pitcher Victor Diaz, who plays his summer ball with the NJ Super 17 travel team, has made his college decision - Mississippi State University.

"I just made my commitment to go play ball at Mississippi State," said Victor Diaz, who was recruited my schools throughout the northeast as well as a few southern schools. "I committed today. They offered me on Sunday and I made my decision today. I called (assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson and (head) Coach (John) Cohen and told them that I had made my decision."

He explained what he liked about Mississippi State.

"I knew as soon as I stepped on the campus that it was going to be great because the place is unbelievable," said Victor. "The coaches are unbelievable there. The way they accepted me and the way they made me feel at home there was great. The way Coach Thompson was with me and my family was great to me."

His parents enjoyed the visit as much as Victor did.

"My parents loved it," said Victor, whose parents names are Santia and Victor. "They saw that it was going to be the place for me because of how they are and how they make you feel. And just for Coach Thompson to come to every game (that I played in) in (Marietta) Georgia (at the WWBA 17U National Championship) and speak with my parents and let them know that they really wanted me, they loved it.

"They are all for me going there because I have worked so hard over the past few years and they really think I deserve this."

He explained his thought process once he received his offer from Mississippi State Sunday.

"We wanted to talk about it after we got back to New Jersey," said Victory. "It was so surreal at first. Monday morning I woke up feeling great about it. I didn't want to stop talking about it. Today, I woke up and felt awesome and told my parents that was where I want to go.

"Coach Thompson called me today. He said they really enjoyed having me at Mississippi State. I then went to the gym and worked out and talked to the people that I needed to talk to at the Jackson Cust Baseball Academy. I left the gym, decided that was where I wanted to go and I gave Coach Thompson a call.

"Now, I'm very proud to say I'm going to be playing baseball at Mississippi State."

And it appears Coach Thompson is just as proud.

"He told me all the coaches wanted me to go there," said Victor. "He said it was awesome."

Victor explained what the Mississippi State coaches like about him as a pitcher and person.

"They like my personality and my communication skills with them, the way I look them in the eye," said Victor. "As a baseball player, they like that I was very free and easy with my delivery and very composed on the mound. They could tell that I work hard and love the game of baseball."

And in a little over a year he will be playing his baseball at Mississippi State.

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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