||Mississippi State lands number six baseball recruiting class in the country
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) — Boasting 12 players who were either All-Americans on the high school or junior college level, Mississippi State’s 2013-14 baseball signing class has been ranked sixth nationally in the annual recruiting survey compiled by Collegiate Baseball. With MSU’s No. 2 ranking last year, head coach John Cohen has put together back-to-back top-10 classes for the third time in school history (1985-86, 1990-91).
“It is humbling when national industry experts identify the work of (assistant coaches) Nick Mingione and Butch Thompson, two of the best recruiters in the entire country,” Head Coach John Cohen said. “It is cliché to say the overall value of our recruiting class will not be known until a few seasons from now, but we feel very confident in their ability to develop and perform at an extremely high level.”
The class officially became Bulldogs this past fall, before the Diamond Dawgs’ finished with their best Southeastern Conference record (18-12) since the 1997 College World series squad (19-11). Overall, the 2013-14 newcomers are the fifth MSU class in the last six years to be ranked in the top 15 by Collegiate Baseball or Baseball America, and the third group to finish in the top eight.
The newcomers will make their public debut on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 14, as the program conducts its first scrimmage of the fall at Dudy Noble Field. The scrimmage is free and open to the public.