MSU Recruiting Texas Shortstop

Class of 2011 shortstop Phillip Casey, who plays his high school ball for Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas, is receiving recruiting attention from several colleges, including Mississippi State.

"The University of Houston, Missouri, Mississippi State and Stephen F. Austin have called me. Mississippi State calls the most," said Casey, who helped his team advance to the 5A semifinals and an overall 33-8 record and a 14-3 record in District 23-5A this past season.

As of now, two of the four colleges have extended scholarship offers.

"I have offers from Mississippi State and the University of Houston," said the 6-1, 170-pounder. "Houston offered in April and Mississippi State offered about 1 and a half to 2 weeks ago."

Three teams currently sit at the top of his recruiting list.

"Mississippi State is definitely at the top," said Casey, who throws from the right side and hits from the left. "TCU and Rice are also at the top."

Although Rice and TCU haven't officially called him, both are keeping an eye on him.

"Rice is keeping in contact with my coach about me, and TCU is at most of my games here in Joplin, Missouri," said Casey, who is currently playing in a tournament in Joplin.

Casey explained what he likes about each of the three colleges.

Rice - "Rice is close to home and I can get a really good education there."

TCU - "TCU is also close enough to home and just far enough away. And their baseball program is on the rise."

MSU - "Mississippi State is in the SEC. They have a history of good baseball. I also like the coach who is recruiting me, Coach Burroughs. I like all the coaches there."

It appears the coaches at each of the schools like him due to his combination of offensive and defensive skills.

"Offensively, I get on base a lot," said Casey. "I have some power but I wouldn't really consider myself a power hitter. I'm more a gap to gap type hitter who uses the entire field. I also steal some bases. Defensively, I have good hands, an above average arm and play fundamentally sound defense."

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