Brayden Jones Commits to MSU Baseball

Madison Central (MS) High School senior-to-be infielder Brayden Jones has committed to Mississippi State.

"I just verbally committed to Mississippi State," said Brayden. "I talked to (assistant) Coach (Lane) Burroughs and he was excited. He said I made his day. He said he's looking forward to seeing me come up there. And he said he could see me helping them do well in the future."

Brayden was given the opportunity to be a Diamond Dog Friday when the head man himself came by.

"(Mississippi State head) Coach (John) Cohen came to my house Friday and he talked about scholarships and other things," said Brayden.

What Coach Cohen told him Friday night wasn't totally unexpected.

"Before I left State, Coach Burroughs had told me that they were going to find a way to get me up there, so I was kind of expecting this," said the 5-11, 185-pounder.

In addition to Mississippi State, one other college made an effort to get a commitment from Brayden.

"I visited Southern Miss (last) Tuesday," said Brayden. "I got offered there, too. (Southern Miss assistant) Coach Bay told me to go home and think about it and be 100% sure when I made my decision."

Their offer made it tough but what was in his heart won out.

"It was tough because I had never been to Southern and I liked it but my dream has always been to play at State," said Brayden, who will give up pitching and exclusively be an infielder when he gets to State. "And I wanted to take a shot at that."

Now that his recruiting is shut down, Brayden has some things that the Mississippi State coaches want him to work on prior to getting to State in the fall of 2010.

"They said they mainly want me to get stronger," said Brayden. "And they want me to work on my fielding and my arm strength."

This past season, Brayden received numerous honors after hitting .413 with 7 home runs and a 1.56 earned run average on the mound. Those honors included being selected All-State, his district Most Valuable Player and The Clarion-Ledger's All-Metro Player-of-the-Year.

Brayden Jones is Mississippi State's 15th commitment overall and 7th Mississippi commitment in the class of 2010.

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