Winnisquam HS's Jordan Cote Talks Recruiting

Class of 2011 right-handed pitcher Jordan Cote of Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton, New Hampshire, is playing with the NE Ruffnecks 17U team in the 2010 WWBA 17U National Championship baseball tournament this week in Marietta, GA. He pitched against Team Elite White in front of between 15 and 20 college coaches, most of whom appear to be recruiting him.

And the coaches came away impressed after seeing him throw several different pitches, including a fastball that was consistently in the 88 to 90 miles per hour range, something that is not uncommon for Cote.

"I have a fastball, change and a curveball," said Cote, of his repertoire of pitches. "I throw two different curveballs, one that is a 12 to 6 and one that is more like a slider but not as hard as a slider. I top out at 93 with my velocity but I throw on average 89 to 90."

Although he is known as a hard thrower, he feels the southern heat helps enhance his velocity.

"It takes a day to get used to the heat, but I love it down here in the south," said the 17-year-old. "I believe the heat helps me throw harder."

Numerous college coaches, many from the south, have taken note of the hard-throwing righty.

"I don't remember everybody that has called me but I have heard from North Carolina, South Carolina, Elon, Maryland, Costal Carolina, Connecticut, Kennesaw State, Georgia and Louisville," said the 6-5, 200-pounder.

One school that watched him play Tuesday afternoon was Mississippi State. While they haven't called him yet, he wouldn't mind hearing from them.

"I don't know a lot about the Mississippi State baseball program, but I know about the school," said Cote. "And I am definitely interested in them."

With all the southern schools calling him, it looks like Cote will very likely get his recruiting wish answered.

"I want to go down south right now but I really haven't narrowed it down yet because I'm still going on college visits right now," said Cote.

While he hasn't narrowed his recruiting list down, he does have an idea what conferences he would like to play in.

"I want to play in a big conference, either the ACC or the SEC," said Cote. "I also want to go to a school where you can almost play year-round."

He's going to take the rest of the summer to look at various schools that interest him, then make his college decision in late August.

"I want to make a decision before I go back to school so I can have it out of the way," said Cote. "I'll probably try to make my decision between August 20th and August 30th."


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