Mississippi State coach John Cohen welcomes the No. 6 recruiting class to campus this fall according to Collegiate Baseball.
A dozen of the Diamond Dogs 16 member signing class were All-Americans on the high school or junior college level. Nine newcomers arrive from the junior college ranks while seven others are high school additions.
“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,” said MSU coach John Cohen in a release. “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 features nine pitchers, six infielders, four outfielders and a catcher. Two signees – Cole Gordon and Jesse McCord – are both listed as pitchers and position players with Gordon listed as both an infielder and outfielder.
MSU lost two signees – catcher Chase Vallot and shortstop Dale Burdick – to the MLB Draft.
It is the second straight year for the Bulldogs to bring in a top 10 class, marking just the third time in school history for the program to do so. State signed top 10 classes in 1985-86 and 1990-91.
The Diamond Dogs’ 2013 class was rated No. 2 nationally by Collegiate Baseball.
Mississippi State begins fall scrimmages on Oct. 14.
MSU 2014 signing class and invited walk-ons
P Trent Waddell, 6-3, 210, L/L, East Mississippi Community College, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
P Cole Barlow, 6-1, 190, R/R, Jones County Junior College, Madison
C Josh Lovelady, 6-0, 190, R/R, Shelton State (Ala.) Community College, Prattville, Ala.
P Logan Elliott, 6-1, 175, R/R, Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College, Dunwoody, Ga.
OF Michael Smith, 5-10, 165, R/R, Walters State (Tenn.) Community College, Franklin, Tenn.
IF John Holland, 5-11, 175, L/R, Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College, Johns Creek, Ga.
IF Luke Reynolds, 6-1, 180, L/R, Hinds Community College, Forest
IF Matt Spruill, 6-1, 190, R/R, Panola (Texas) College, Burke, Va.
P Daniel Brown, 5-10, 175, L/L, Tyler (Texas) Junior College, Mt. Vernon, Texas
P Andrew Mahoney, 6-2, 210, L/L, McGill-Toolen Catholic, Mobile, Ala.
OF Taylor Stafford, 5-9, 170, L/L, New Hope, Columbus
P/3B Jesse McCord, 6-2, 180, R/R, Spanish Fort, Spanish Fort, Ala.
P Aaron Dominguez, 6-2, 191, R/R, Chino Hills, Chino, Calif.
P Paxton Stover, 5-10, 180, L/L, Dyer County, Newbern, Tenn.
OF/INF/P Cole Gordon, 6-5, 230, L/R, Steinbrenner, Lutz, Fla.
IF Ryan Gridley, 5-9, 170, R/R, Milton, Milton, Ga.