JUCO OF David Bishop Signs With MSU

Alabama Southern Community College sophomore outfielder David Bishop has signed with Mississippi State.

"I signed with Mississippi State about two weeks ago," said Bishop. "I chose them because they are in the SEC and their facilities are nicer than anybody else's that I have seen."

He had interest from several other schools in addition to Mississippi State.

"Troy has offered me and Samford and Nichols State offered me in the fall," said Bishop, who played his high ball at Baker High School in Mobile, AL. " Southern Miss is recruiting me but they couldn't come up with any (scholarship) money."

State jumped in the recruiting picture with David Bishop a little over a month ago.

"They started recruiting me about two to three weeks before I signed with them," said Bishop, "They said they needed some hitting and that's why they came after me.

"(Their coach) came and watched me hit (batting practice) and said that I get a lot of backspin on the ball and he said the way I swing and my approach is what they try to teach there."

That approach has generated a .378 batting average and 5 home runs as a freshman and a .428 batting average, 18 home runs and 59 RBI as a sophomore.

Bishop is expecting to play either right or left field for the Bulldogs.

"They probably want me to play one of the corner outfield positions," said Bishop, who plays right field for ASCC and bats third in the lineup.

Since signing with State, he has kept an eye on how they are doing.

"I have been keeping up with them a little bit," said the 6-0, 195-pound right-hand hitter. "I know they have lost a pretty good number of close ballgames. They gave a couple games away to Alabama and gave the first game away in the Ole Miss series."

With junior college players, especially ones who hit for average and and hit with power, there is always the chance he could be drafted in the June Major League Baseball draft. He talked about that.

"Some pro scouts have come and watched me play but I really haven't talked to any of them so I really don't know where I stand with that," said Bishop. "But I'm pretty excited about playing in the SEC. I think I can come in and do a real good job (for State)."

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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