STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s 2013 signing class has received yet another honor, this time from Baseball America.
Baseball America gave the Diamond Dogs a ninth overall ranking nationally which was the second highest mark ever from the publication.
John Cohen’s initial signing class in Starkville was rated eighth by Baseball America in 2010 featuring current pros Chris Stratton, Chad Girodo, Kendall Graveman, Jaron Shepherd and Nick Vickerson.
Several members of the 2013 class saw their names called in the MLB Draft including infielder Reid Humphreys (36th round Nationals) and pitchers Paul Young (21st round Indians) and Dakota Hudson (36th round Rangers) but elected to attend MSU and enrolled this fall.
The Bulldogs 2013 signing class was rated No. 2 nationally last month by Collegiate Baseball.
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.)