New Baseball Commitment

Santa Fe Community College catcher Brett Bozeman, his conference's defensive-player-of-the-year as a freshman, is Mississippi State's newest baseball commitment.

"I've committed to Mississipi State," said Brett Bozeman. "I visited them last weekend and loved it. I just liked the tradition there. I loved the coaches and everything else there. And growing up in Gainesville (Florida) I have always followed SEC baseball."

Mississippi State started recruiting Brett a few weeks ago after watching him play in the junior college world series.

"They started recruiting me a little over a month ago," said Brett who hits right and throws right. "They told me they saw me play at the junior college world series."

His recruiting coach was assistant coach Lane Burroughs.

"(Coach Burroughs) said he likes how I play hard and that was what I did out there," said the 6-0, 200-pounder. "He also said he likes how I control the game."

Brett talked about his strengths as a hitter and catcher.

"Defensively, my strengths are catching and throwing," said Brett. "I have a pretty good arm behind the plate. Offensively, I hit from gap to gap."

Pretty good arm might be a bit of an understatement.

"I have been clocked at 1.81 but it's consistently probably around the high 1.8s, low 1.9s," said Brett, who helped lead his team to the 2009 junior college national championship game where they wound up being the national runner-up behind Howard College.

Brett threw out 22 of 49 runners and had a fielding percentage of .991 for the Santa Fe Saints. For his defensive efforts he was selected his conference's defensive-player-of-the-year.

This year was Brett's third year to catch.

"My first two years of high school I played first base and pitched, then I messed around behind the plate one day and my coached like what he saw and moved me to catcher," said Brett. "I played catcher and closed by junior and senior seasons."

This past season, Brett hit .317 with 0 home runs and 38 RBI as a true freshman.

He is Mississippi State's 12th commitment in the class of 2010 and their second junior college commitment.

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