College | Recruiting | 11/12/2021

Head of the Class: No. 6 Mississippi State

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Photo: Jurrangelo Cijntje (Perfect Game)
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6. Mississippi State

Full 2022-2023 Recruiting Class
Head Coach:
 Chris Lemonis | Recruiting Coordinator: Jake Gautreau

Top 5 Recruits:

Rk. Name POS. HT WT B-T High School Hometown ST
30 Jurrangelo Cijntje BHP 5-11 167 S-B Champagnat Catholic Pembroke Pines FL
61 Dakota Jordan OF 6-0 215 R-R Jackson Academy Canton MS
65 Ross Highfill C 6-0 205 R-R Madison Central Madison MS
84 Jett Williams SS 5-8 178 R-R Rockwall-Heath Heath TX
291 McClain Ray RHP 6-4 195 R-R Tueplo Belden MS

*Rk. Denotes National Rank in PG HS Class of 2022

Coming off the first national championship in program history, a top-10 class really comes as no surprise for the Bulldogs, especially when you factor in one of the more well-known atmospheres in college sports in Duty Noble Field. While in recent history the Bulldogs have found success recovering lost high school talent with junior college prospects, the hope of being able to get most of this class if not all of them to campus should bring plenty of excitement to Starkville. 

Led at the top of the class by three Perfect Game All-Americans, the talent is rich from top to bottom. The most recent commit, Jurrangelo Cijntje, brings maybe the most intrigue of any player in the class with his ability to throw 90+ mph with each arm, including topping out at 95 mph from the right side. While the profile may not necessarily be that of a typical starter, Cijntje has shown on more than one occasion his ability to stretch relief appearances into multiple innings and would certainly be a weapon coming out of the bullpen if that were the case. Getting a top-30 player in the country on campus is never easy, but in this case there is an added factor when it comes to how his unique abilities will be evaluated and this sliver of gray could be just what the Bulldogs needs to get him to campus. 

A look at the next two names on the list brings us to two of the top three players from the Magnolia State and the other two Perfect Game All-Americans, Dakota Jordan and Ross Highfill. Jordan, a native of Canton, Miss., ranks right near the top when it comes to best athletes in a loaded top-end of the 2022 class. He will play both baseball and football when he gets to campus as a three-star recruit on the gridiron, where he plays both sides of the ball at Jackson Academy. A look at just the measurables suggest plenty to be excited about for the fans in Starkville, as Jordan ran a 6.44 second sixty at the National Showcase and shows big-time power potential at the plate. Highfill could be viewed as a plug-and-play type player as early as his first year on campus, as the Bulldogs will be looking to replace current starter Logan Tanner, as he is currently projected as one of the top catchers headed into the 2022 MLB Draft. Highfill came on strong over the summer as one of the biggest risers in the class, proving to be an athletic backstop with good hands that play into his barrel control with raw power to build on moving forward. 

A complete look at this class has 21 high school commits set to sign with the Bulldogs at either the early signing period or in February on National Signing Day. The class breaks down as follows: eight pitchers, four outfielders, six infielders, and three catchers. With the state of Mississippi regularly producing some of the best high school baseball talent in the country, winning the war at home is always a must for the Bulldogs, and landing five of the top-10 should be considered a good haul when you factor in the desire of other top-name programs trying to come in and take a piece of the pie. 

Ranked No. 8, No. 9, and No. 10 in the state of Mississippi, McClain Ray, Logan Forsythe, and Will Gibbs have all been into the low-90s with the fastball and bring the potential as arms that will benefit the Bulldogs in the long run. With the abundance of pitching depth on the roster in Starkville at this point, it could be a challenge for any of these three to crack the weekend rotation as freshmen, but given the opportunity to develop young talent, Coach Foxhall has proven he can turn these young pitchers into formidable SEC starters. 

As for a deeper dive into the rest of the positions players, it is a well-balanced mix of athleticism and strength. With the two middle infield commits Jett Williams, a Texas native, and David Mershon from South Carolina, the Bulldogs have two potential game-changers when it comes to their speed and ability to get the barrel to the baseball against elite level pitching. Guys like Charlie Keller, Aidan Fancher, and Jay Murdock are all physical left-handed bats that will be counted on to fill roles in the middle of the order while fitting in on the corners defensively. 
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