Family Ties To Mississippi State

Lamar Consolidated (Houston, TX) High School senior-to-be outfielder Cody Abraham is no stranger to Mississippi State, the university or the baseball program. Note the last name Abraham.

For those of you who didn't catch what I meant when I mentioned the name Abraham, you might remember the names Josh and Jim Abraham, two former Diamond Dogs, and the name Jimmy Abraham, Executive Director of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association. Those three guys are Cody's cousins and uncle.

And as you might expect the Mississippi State ties to Cody are strong because of that family connection .... and one other family connection.

"I've been a Mississippi State fan my entire life," said Cody, who was offered a scholarship from Mississippi State about two weeks ago. "I have family there (and) my dad (Tommy Abraham) actually went to Mississippi State. The second I was born was the second I grew up around it. Living in Texas it's a long way from it but my love has always been Mississippi State."

Reading that you might automatically think Mississippi State is on the verge of their 13th commitment from the class of 2010. Not so fast says Cody.

"I'm not about to commit at the moment because it's kind of early," said the 5-11, 165-pounder.

But he does have Mississippi State very high on his list as well as another high-profile baseball school.

"Mississippi State and Rice are the top places that I would like to play at the moment," said Cody, who, in addition to those two schools, is also being recruited by Memphis, TAMU-Corpus Christi, Kansas and Texas State.

He's recently visited Mississippi State and came away impressed.

"I really enjoyed the visit to Mississippi State," said Cody. "They showed me around and showed me some of the new stuff on campus. I saw the Palmeiro Center and went to the field. It was a fun experience."

He also enjoyed getting to know the two coaches most involved in his recruitment.

"(Mississippi State head baseball) Coach (John) Cohen is a nice guy but you can tell that he wants to win," said Cody. "And (Assistant) Coach (Lane) Burroughs, who is recruiting me, is a great guy."

Cody explained what the Bulldog coaches like about his game.

"Mississippi State started recruiting me a few weeks ago when I was at Memphis (playing in the summer travel team Memphis Tigers Tournament)," said Cody, who plays his summer ball with the Columbia Angels. "Coach Burroughs saw me lefty on lefty and I hit well off of them. That was one thing he saw that he liked. They said they can tell that I can fit into Mississippi State right away. They can tell that I love the game by the way I play it and they know that I want to win."

As for other unofficial visits, next up is Rice University.

"I'm heading to Rice University (for a visit) when I get back home (from vacation) and I think they are supposed to offer me when I get there," said Cody.

This past season Cody hit over .430 with 5 home runs while stealing between 25 to 30 bases in 25 to 30 games for his high school team.

Look for another update on Cody Abraham in the next couple of weeks.

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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