Cody Livingston Talks Recruiting

Northwest Rankin (MS) High School left-handed pitcher/first baseman Cody Livingston, a member of the class of 2011, talks about recruiting.

"I went to Mississippi State's camp and talked to them while I was there," said Cody, who hit .308 as a hitter and was 4-3 with a 2.27 earned run average as a pitcher for Northwest Rankin last season. "I'm also going up there for a football game for an unofficial visit next weekend. That will be my first time up there since I attended their camp."

A dual-position player in high school, Cody is being recruited for both positions by the Mississippi State coaches.

"I'm primarily a first baseman but I'm also one of the main pitchers on our high school team," said Cody, who throws his fastball in the mid-80s range topping out at 89. "(MSU assistant coach Lane) Burroughs has talked to me about playing first base and hitting and (MSU assistant coach Butch) Thompson has talked to me about pitching. Coach Thompson said he liked my changeup and liked the velocity on my fastball. And Burroughs said he liked the type person I am and the way I swing the bat."

Cody is as impressed with the Mississippi State coaches as they are with him.

"I like their coaches because they seem like very nice, giving people to me, real friendly," said Cody.

And it's not just the Mississippi State assistant coaches that have left a good impression on him.

"(MSU head) coach (John) Cohen knew what he was talking about," said Cody. "He was very intense about what kind of person you are and how you should show respect to people. He is real big on looking people in the eye, respecting your parents and respecting the coaches you play for."

Speaking of parents, Cody's have a strong connection to Mississippi State and that has filtered down to their son.

"Both of my parents went to Mississippi State, so I've grown up a Bulldog fan," said Cody.

Check back every couple of weeks to find out the latest recruiting news on Cody Livingston.

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