The Mississippi State baseball program got a verbal commitment from one of the state’s best high school prospects.
Reid Humphreys, who just finished his sophomore season at Northwest Rankin High School, said he called MSU head coach John Cohen Sunday morning to pledge his services.
Humphreys, an infielder and right-handed pitcher, is the first commit of the 2013 class and had offers from Ole Miss and Southern Mississippi while also being recruited by Alabama and LSU.
“(Mississippi State) is a hard-nosed program that I think I can win a national championship before I leave there,” Humphreys said. “They’ve been talking to me since my 9th grade season and I believe they are where I want to be.”
Humphreys is the half-brother of former Mississippi State first baseman Tyler Moore, who is currently playing for the Double-A farm team of the Washington Nationals, and Humphrey’s said the two of them had already spoken “at least three times already about my choice.”
“He’s excited about the news and always told me that it was my decision but that MSU was a great program and I’d be happy there,” Humphreys said. “I think he’s right.”
Moore is already tied for second in the Eastern League with 14 home runs for the Harrisburg Senators.
Humphreys hit .371 with five home runs and 24 RBIs with eight doubles and 28 runs scored this past season and was 8-3 on the mound with one save and a 1.96 ERA as well as striking out 55 batters in 60 innings of work. The right-hander’s fastball has been clocked at 92 miles per hour already this summer.
“After what the coaching staff has been telling me, I want to say I’ll be playing somewhere on the infield and then closing some games out on the mound,” Humphreys said.
Under NCAA rules, Mississippi State coaches are not allowed to comment on recruits until they sign a National Letter of Intent and Humphreys will not sign officially with the Bulldogs until after his junior season is completed.
Before starting out on his first full season of varsity baseball at Northwest Rankin, Humphreys was a 2011 Preseason Second-Team High School Underclassmen All-American selection and the only sophomore from the Magnolia state on either of the first, second or third teams.
Humphreys is best friends with the younger brother of MSU’s OF/RHP Taylor Stark and watched a majority of MSU’s home games this season.
“I remember they let me watch the team take batting practice and work during the weekend we swept Auburn this season,” Humphreys said. “It was an incredible experience.”
Humphreys is also the starting quarterback on the Northwest Rankin football team but the 6-foot, 165-pounder said Sunday he is less interested in playing football at the next level.
“I mean football is a fun sport for me to play but baseball has been where my heart is my whole life,” Humphreys said. “I guess if Mississippi State offered me to play football then that’d be something to think about but I want to play baseball at MSU.”