Mookie Betts Talks Recruiting

The current Mississippi State baseball coaching staff has recruited the southeastern states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida hard the past two years. And it appears they are adding another state to that list, Tennessee. Mookie Betts, of Overton High School in Nashville, Tennessee, is receiving heavy recruiting attention from several colleges, including Mississippi State.

"Schools that called me (July 1st) were MTSU (Middle Tennessee), Lipscomb, Mississippi State, UAB, Vanderbilt, Samford and UT," said Mookie Betts. "The main schools that I have been talking to are UT, Mississippi State, UAB and Vanderbilt."

Two of those four have extended scholarship offers.

"Mississippi State and UAB have offered me," said the 5-9, 160-pounder. "Mississippi State offered Tuesday (July 13) and UAB offered Monday (July 12). It surprised me that they offered. They said they were but I wasn't really ready for it."

Not ironically, he visited both the same day they offered him.

"I visited Mississippi State Tuesday and UAB Monday," said the righthander. "When we went down to Mississippi State, we met (assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson, (head) Coach (John) Cohen and (assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione. My dad went with me. He liked it, too."

With those visits out of the way, he's trying to set up a couple other visits with colleges that he's interested in.

"I'm trying to set up some other visits but I don't necessarily know when I'm going to have the time," said Betts. "I'm trying to set up times with Vanderbilt and UT, mostly."

He explained what he is looking for in a college.

"I'm looking at the academics and I'm also looking at the baseball program," said Betts, who is being recruited by colleges primarily due to his style of offense which is putting pressure on the defense. "They wouldn't necessarily have to make it to Omaha, although that would be great if we did. I also want to go somewhere where it would make me better as a player as well as a person."

As for when he's going to make his college choice, he knows exactly what he hopes will happen before he makes that decision.

"I'm going to wait until I receive all four of my offers," said Betts. "I want to get them all so I can talk to my parents about it. I like all of the schools. I hope to make the decision sometime before school starts, probably in August."

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