Class of 2015 RHP Gray Fenter Talks MSU

Class of 2015 right-handed pitcher Gray Fenter talks about unofficially visiting Mississippi State.

  • Name: Gray Fenter
  • Classification: 2015
  • High School: West Memphis (AR) High School
  • Position: RHP
  • HT:-WT: 6-foot, 200
  • Bats-Throws: R/R
  • Schools of Interest: Mississippi State

    Fenter, along with his dad, unofficially visited Mississippi State Thursday and had a great time.

    "My visit was about 7 and a half hours and it was really nice," said Fenter, "What you hear is Starkville is a little hick town, but it's actually the opposite of that. It felt like a great environment to be in and a place where people love their baseball. And the (Mississippi State) facilities are nice and everything is really impressive. The baseball fieldhouse and baseball everything is ridiculous.

    "I really like the coaches. I met with all of them yesterday, (Associate Head Coach/Pitching) Coach Butch (Thompson), (Assistant) Coach (Nick Mingione). They were the most down-to-eart coaches that I have ever met with and talked to, and you can tell they want what is best for their players, their players future and for the future of Mississippi State.

    "The experience was great. Everything was far beyond my expectations."

    He explained what the MSU coaches like about him.

    "They said they like how I compete and the background that I have, the reputation that I have and the competition that I have played against," said Fenter, who throws his four-seam fastball in the low to mid-90s. "They know that when I get there it will still be a jump but not as big of a jump as far as competition compared to another guy."

    Another factor that helps Fenter feel comfortable with Mississippi State is the fact that he played with several players who will be playing there in the future, his Dulins Dodgers teammates Austin Riley, Brant Blaylock, Keegan James, Hunter Stovall, Luke Alexander, Jake Mangum, Trysten Barlow, Riley Self and Dustin Skelton.

    "They say that you aren't supposed to let (where someone is going to play) determine where you go because wherever you go you are going to make friends, but when you have the chance to go to one of the best programs in the country and there just happen to be eight guys that you have played with for the past four years on that team that is big," said Fenter. "You are already friends with them and comfortable with them. You get to continue to build relationships that you started and plan on having for a long time."

    Although Fenter really enjoyed his visit to Mississippi State, he's not ready to commit. He wants to take a few days and think things over.

    "I am going to give it a few days to think about it myself," said Fenter. "I haven't planned on visiting anybody else. I'm getting ready to go to Texas for (the) Team USA (trials). It's just me and not anybody else. And it's just what I want to do."

    Fenter explained the process that led to him being selected to the Team USA trials.

    "There is a tournament in (North) Carolina called the Tournament of Stars," said Fenter. "The top 108 (invited) kids (get invited to the tournament and) play against each other. They cut that from 108 to 40, then we go down to Texas and they cut the 40 to 20. It was crazy to make that. It's something that you want to make but it's difficult to do."

    Other MSU-related players who are competing at the Texas event are 2015 MSU commitments Kale Breaux and Elih Marrero. Marrero is an alternate while Breaux is one of the 40+ players competing for one of those final 20 spots.

    Another difficult decision for Gray was decommitting from Ole Miss. He still has a very high opinion of their baseball program but he just didn't feel it was the right fit for him.

    "There was a reason that I decommitted (from Ole Miss) and came to State and that reason is going to stay the same," said Fenter. "It didn't feel right to me or the right place for me. They are a great school and have a great program but my personality and the way I plan on having a future, Mississippi State is a better fit for me."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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