Mississippi State baseball's 2013 recruiting class is ranked No. 2 nationally by Collegiate Baseball. Photo by: Mississippi State athletics
September 20, 2013 2:13:21 PM
STARKVILLE - The early returns on the Mississippi State's 2013 baseball recruiting class are positive on a national platform.
MSU's 2012-13 baseball signing class has been ranked No. 2 nationally Friday by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
"We certainly will not be able to judge the quality of this class for a few years, but we really like this 2013 class," MSU coach John Cohen said in a university release.
The 2012-13 newcomers are the fourth MSU class in the last five years to be ranked in the top 15 by Collegiate Baseball or Baseball America, and the second group to finish in the top eight.
"This class is not reflective of what we did last year because the signing period for this class was in November," Cohen said. "I think we will feel affects of what happened last year from a recruiting perspective but it's going to be a little bit later on."
Here's the recap of the 2013 MSU baseball newcomers:
- Reid Humphreys, INF/RHP, 6-2, 195, R-R, Northwest Rankin High School (Flowood, MS): Selected in the 36th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft by the Washington Nationals. A 2013 Louisville Slugger High School All-American 1st Team selection and was named the 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year in Mississippi.
"Reid comes from a great family and we feel like he is going to be a great player," Cohen explained. "Reid enters our program with a very good skill set."
- Austin Sexton, RHP, 6-2, 175, R-R, Sparkman (AL) HS: Recorded a 3.30 ERA with 67 strikeouts in 60 innings in 2012 as a junior before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during basketball season in 2013.
"Austin is somebody that's had a great summer and we like what we've already seen out of him early on," Cohen said.
- Joey Swinarski, OF, 6-3, 192, R-R, The First Academy (Winter Park FL): A Perfect Game 2013 Preseason All-American Underclassman 2nd Team selection. Graduated a year early from high school to be on MSU 2014 roster. Chose MSU over Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and South Carolina.
"We absolutely know Joey's ceiling and its high," Cohen said. "He's an immediate impact guy with all the tools to be a successful middle of the order hitter in the Southeastern Conference one day."
- Paul Young, RHP, 6-3, 205, R-R, Central Alabama Community College: His CACC team won the NJCAA National Championship this season with Young throwing a complete-game victory in the championship game. Drafted in the 21st round by the Cleveland Indians in the 2013 MLB Draft. He chose MSU over offers from Florida, Florida State, Missouri, Ole Miss and LSU.
"Paul had a really difficult decision of whether to go to college or sign a professional contract; we are very pleased he chose Mississippi State," Cohen said. "He is a very talented young man with a great arm."
- Dakota Hudson, RHP, 6-5, 200, R-R, Sequatchie County (Dunlap, TN) HS: Drafted in the 36th round by the Texas Rangers in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. selected to the Rawlings 2013 Preseason Southeast All Region 1st Team and to the Perfect Game 2012 Preseason Underclass All-American Team as an Honorable Mention selection. Chose MSU over an offer from Kennesaw State as well as interest from Tennessee, Kentucky and Troy.
"Dakota's professional signability is what ultimately got him on our campus-we are thrilled that he decided to be a Bulldog." Cohen said.
- Vance Tatum, LHP, 6-4, 190, L-L, Southaven (MS) HS: A 2013 Louisville Slugger pre-season All-American and the MHSAA 2013 Class 6A Pitcher of the Year. He chose MSU over offers from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tulane, Memphis and Air Force.
- Jake Vickerson, OF, 5-10, 180, R-R, Shelton State (AL) Community College: One of the top junior college prospects in the state of Alabama and the younger brother of former MSU outfielder and current minor league player Nick Vickerson.
- Glenn Irby, LHP, 6-2, 205, L-L, Mars Hills Bible School (Florence, AL): Selected as a Perfect Game 2012 Underclass All American Team as an Honorable Mention member. The younger brother of Samford designated hitter and relief pitcher C.K. Irby.
- Brent Rooker, OF/1B, 6-4, 185, R-R, Evangelical Christian School (Cordova, TN) HS: Selected to the Rawlings 2013 Preseason Southeast Region Team as an Honorable Mention member, and to the Perfect Game 2012 Preseason Underclassmen All American team as an Honorable Mention member. He chose MSU over an offer from Memphis and interest from Tennessee and Samford.
- Avery Geyer, RHP, 5-11, 195, R-R, Catholic HS (Pensacola, FL): Selected to 2013 Louisville Slugger High School All-American 1st Team after posting a 12-0 record with a 0.74 ERA while striking out 95 in 75.2 innings. He chose MSU over offers from South Alabama and Southern Miss and interest from ULL, Tulane and UCF.
- Gavin Collins, C, 6-0, 195, R-R, El Toro HS (Lake Forest, CA): Selected to the Rawlings 2013 California All Region 1st Team. Rated a 9.5 out of a 10.0 scale by national scouting service Perfect Game. He chose MSU over Oregon, Arizona State and Fresno State.
- Zach Houston, RHP, 6-5.5, 217, R-R, Poplarville (MS) HS: Selected to the Rawlings 2013 Preseason Southeast All Region 1st Team. Chose MSU over offers from Ole Miss and Southern Miss.
- Dylan Ingram, 1B, 6-4, 210, R-R, Edgewood Academy (AL): Selected to the Rawlings 2013 Preseason Southeast Region Team as an Honorable Mention selection. Chose MSU over Auburn and Florida State.
- Seth Heck, INF, 5-foot-11, 170, R/R, Tacoma Community College (Kamiak High School, Edmonds, Washington): Named a NWAACC West Division all-star, a second-team NWAACC all-star, and the Gold Glover winner for shortstop.
- Lucas Laster, LHP, 6-1, 175, R/L, Columbia State Community College: Was 6-2 with a 2.83 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 54 innings last season.
- Levi Mintz, RHP, 6-4, 185, R/R, Cedar Falls AL: Selected the Alabama Sportswriters Association 2013 season 1A Pitcher of the Year and he was also selected to the USA Today 2013 ALL-USA Alabama Baseball Team.
- Jacob Billingsley, RHP, 6-1, 180, R-R, Magnolia Heights (MS) School: Selected to the Rawlings 2013 Preseason Southeast Region team as an Honorable Mention selection and to the MaxPreps 2013 Baseball Medium Schools All-American 2nd Team.
- Ben Hudspeth, RHP, 6-0, 200, R-R, Itawamba (MS) Community College: Earned MACJC 1st-Team All-State honors last year after going 7-6 with a 3.13 ERA and striking out 57 in 74.2 innings.
Eight Southeastern Conference schools in Collegiate Baseball's Top 25 list for 2013 recruiting classes (Florida 1, MSU 2, LSU 10, South Carolina 11, Ole Miss 12, Tennessee 14, Texas A&M 15, Vanderbilt 23).
MSU will begin open fall practices on Oct. 4.
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