Evangelical Christian (Tenn.) junior Brett Rooker has received a great deal of attention from the Mississippi State baseball staff over the past few months. So on Friday the 6-foot-4 and 190-pound first baseman wanted to deliver the news in person.
That news saw Rooker commit to the Bulldogs and become MSU's fifth commitment for the Class of 2013. Also committed to head coach John Cohen for the 2013 class include Northwest (Miss.) Rankin pitcher/infielder Reid Humphries, Tri-County (Miss.) Academy pitcher/infielder Derek Martin, Sparkman (Ala.) infielder Austin Sexton and Sequatchie (Tenn.) County pitcher Dakota Hudson.
"I came down for their game (against) Kentucky today and met with Coach Cohen and Coach (Lane) Burroughs before the game," said Rooker. "I've been thinking and praying about my decision a lot lately and I was ready to make it official. It felt really good to get it over with and now I can relax and enjoy my summer season (with the East Coast Grays).
"It was real important to me to commit in person, too. They've recruited me well and shown a lot of interest in me and enough that I though they deserved for me to commit in person."
Rooker noted he had other options but that Mississippi State filled every need he was looking for in a program.
"I had an offer from Memphis and then Tennessee, Southern Miss, UAB, Arkansas State and Samford said they were going to offer me after they saw me this summer," Rooker said. "But I kept thinking and looking at all my options I had or would have and I couldn't find a better fit that Mississippi State. I knew where I wanted to be and that is why I went ahead and committed."
Rooker recently finished his junior season last week when Evangelical Christian was ousted in the playoffs by St. George's (Tenn.), who is led by senior pitcher and 2012 MSU signee John Marc Shelly.
Entering the postseason, Rooker was hitting .460 with three home runs, 15 doubles and a team-best 36 RBIs.
Naturally once Rooker delivered the news on Friday, he made the Bulldog staff happy just hours before they took to the field against Kentucky.
"All of the coaches said they were happy to have me on board," said Rooker. "They said they are very excited about what our recruiting class will bring to Mississippi State and to the future of the program.
"No doubt the history behind the program is great and they have one of the best traditions in the country. I just like what Coach Cohen is building and what he brings as a coach. The program is steadily improving and it looks good for us being a power again."