Jacob Shempert Commits To MSU

Jacob Shempert, one of the top two or three players in Mississippi's class of 2012, has given his verbal commitment to Mississippi State. Jacob is not only a strong-arm, athletic catcher and pitcher but also one of the best hitters in the state of Mississippi. He talked about his commitment to Mississippi State.

"I verbally committed to Mississippi State today," said Jacob Shempert. "I talked to (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen and he was pretty excited about it."

As was Jacob himself.

"And so am I because it's a big honor to get to go to Mississippi State, the tradition they have there," said Jacob, who also considered Alabama. "And it's a place I feel comfortable. That's the main reason I wanted to go there."

He explained his choice in a little more detail.

"I just feel like I fit in there and I am comfortable with the people there," said the 5-10, 180-pounder. "And going ahead and getting it over with takes a lot of the stress off of me. I don't have to worry about (recruiting) when I play."

While he is very athletic and has a very strong arm, it appears his hitting was an important factor in why the Mississippi State coaches liked him so much.

"Swinging the bat is a lot of what they liked about me, being able to hit and I guess my intensity," said Jacob.

As of now, he's not sure where he will play when he gets to Mississippi State. But that's not that important to him.

"I'm not sure where they want me to play but wherever they need me to play is where I will play," said Jacob. "I just want to help the team as much as I can."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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