Blanchard is a Diamond Dawg

The Mississippi State Bulldogs continued their strong summer showing on the baseball recruiting front earlier today when they gained the commitment of Coty Blanchard of Cherokee County, Alabama. Blanchard, a two sport athlete, had seen all he needed to see and elected to close out his college recruitment.

Coty Blanchard profile

"I just gave my verbal to Mississippi State," said Coty. "I feel it's the place for me. I love the coaching staff and I think it's a good place for me to flourish. I believe I can do some good things there."

The two fold decision of picking a sport as well as a school turned out to be an east one for the talented Blanchard.

"I couldn't really see myself going to play in the NFL, but I feel like I may have a better chance to play in the MLB," said Coty. "I have talked to a couple of scouts, but I don't think I am ready for all of that. I just want to go play in college and probably get my degree first before I worry about all of that."

Mississippi State's commitment to baseball was a major drawing card for Coty.

"I went on two visits there with my family and no one has a place like that," said Blanchard. "The Palmerio center is just great. That played a big role in my decision. They give you all the things you need there to be great."

The fan support and legacy of the Diamond Dawgs also played a part in Coty's decision.

"All of the fans come out and watch their games and it's real prestigious to play at Mississippi State," said Blanchard. "They have had Rafael Palmerio and Jonathan Paplebon there. It's great to be able to go to the same college they played at."

The instate schools of Alabama were all very interested in Coty, but Coach John Cohen and his staff were able to shut the door before the homestaters were able to gain any traction.

"Alabama, JSU, Auburn and UAB were all showing me interest and they were talking about offering," said Blanchard. "It's a big relief to get this over. I can focus on some other stuff now. I feel like a big weight has been lifted."

Coty is Mississippi State's 14th commitment in the class of 2010.

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