STARKVILLE – Mississippi State finished as the runner-up in the College World Series last spring.
Friday the Diamond Dogs also received a No. 2 national ranking for its 2013 recruiting class by Collegiate Baseball. MSU signed a dozen players who were either drafted in June’s MLB Draft or were All-Americans on the high school and junior college level.
“The (recruiting) ranking is not reflective of what our players accomplished earlier this year,” said MSU skipper John Cohen in a release from the university. “I think we will feel the effects of what happened in Omaha from a recruiting perspective, but it will be a little bit later on.”
The Bulldogs have been ranked in Collegiate Baseball’s top 15 in four of the last five years. It is their second highest ranking by the Tucson, Ari., based newspaper which began ranking recruiting classes in 1983.
State’s class takes the field for their first fall practice on Oct. 4.
2013 Recruiting Class
Reid Humphreys SS, 6-0, 165, R/R, Northwest Rankin (Flowood, Miss.)-
Derek Martin RHP, 6-3, 200, Tri County Academy (Flora, Miss.)
Dakota Hudson RHP, 6-5, 190, Sequatchie County (Dunlap, Tenn.)
Austin Sexton RHP, 6-2, 160, Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.)
Brent Rooker 1B, 6-4, 190, R/R, Evangelical Christian (Cordova, Tenn.)
Avery Geyer RHP, 5-11, 195, R/R, Pensacola Catholic (Navarre, Fla.)
Vance Tatum LHP, 6-4, 180, L/L, Southaven (Southaven, Miss.)
Zac Houston RHP, 6-6, 215, R/R, Poplarville (Poplarville, Miss.)
Ben Hudspeth RHP, 6-0, 200, R/R, Itawamba Community College (Fulton, Miss.)
Jake Vickerson 2B/SS, 5-9, 175, L/R, Shelton State Community College (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Glenn Irby LHP, 6-2, 205, L/L, Mars Hill Bible School (Florence, Ala.)
Jacob Billingsley RHP/ 3B/ 1B, 6-1, 165, R/R, Magnolia Heights (Senatobia, Miss.)
Gavin Collins C, 6-0, 185, R/R, El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.)
Lucas Laster LHP, 5-11, 185, L/L, Columbia State CC (Lewisburg, Tenn.)
Levi Mintz RHP, 6-4, 195, R/R, Cedar Bluff (Centre, Ala.)
Paul Young RHP, 6-3, 205, R/R, Central Alabama CC (Milton, Fla.)
Dylan Ingram 1B, 6-4, 210, R/R, Edgewood Academy (Pike Road, Ala.)
Cody Walker C, 5-11, 190, R/R, Chatahoochee Valley CC (Columbus, Ga.)
Joey Swinarski OF, 6-3, 192, R/R, The First Academy (Winter Park, Fla.)
Seth Heck INF, 5-11, 170, R/R, Tacoma Community College (Edmonds, Wa.)