High School Sports

Mississippi State lands commitment from Coast baseball standout

Hancock shortstop Landon Jordan fields a ground ball against Harrison Central, Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Hancock shortstop Landon Jordan fields a ground ball against Harrison Central, Thursday, March 31, 2016. ttisbell@sunherald.com File

Mississippi State’s baseball team picked up a big bat on Thursday in the form of Hancock slugger Landon Jordan.

The Hawks middle infielder picked up a scholarship offer during a visit to Starkville on Sunday. After thinking it over, Jordan committed to the Bulldogs on Thursday over a Southern Miss offer and interest from Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette, Alabama and others.

“I went up there Sunday and fell in love,” Jordan told the Sun Herald. “It felt like home and the coaches made me feel welcome.

“I feel like it's the best choice for me.”

All Jordan does is hit, hit, hit.

As a sophomore last season, the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi selection proved to be one of the state’s top hitters. Playing mostly second base and shortstop, Jordan hit .486 with 11 extra-base hits, 17 RBIs and a .728 slugging percentage. He also boasts 6.5-second 60-yard-dash speed and showed it last season, swiping 14 bases.

The year before, Jordan hit .371 with a .459 on-base percentage.

“He’s an SEC player. He has that type of talent,” Hancock coach Anthony DeWitt said. “He’s a great hitter. He sees the ball well and knows how to find the barrel.

“He has good pop and runs well. He’s the type of hitter who understands situations and when we need to hit for power, he can do that, too.”

Bulldog family

Jordan originally popped up on MSU’s radar at a December camp in Starkville. The Bulldogs came away impressed and asked that Jordan come back for a visit. Sunday, the Bulldogs made an offer.

Jordan’s mother is a graduate of MSU and so he grew up a Bulldogs fan. Admittedly, Jordan was hoping for an offer Sunday. When it came, it was just a matter of time before he committed.

“It wasn’t really much of a competition with the facilities at State,” Jordan said. “It’s crazy how nice it is and they’re about to add so much onto their field, too.”

Now that he’s committed, don’t expect Jordan to begin taking it easy on opposing pitchers. According to DeWitt, he doesn’t have it in him to go at anything but 100 percent.

“He's a kid who is always going to put in the extra work and time,” Jordan said. “Very talented. He has all the tools but he doesn’t sit back on it.

“He's going to put in the time.”

Perfect Game is high on Jordan, ranking him as the state’s third-best second baseman and 15th overall recruit in the 2018 class.

Jordan’s also the second Coast underclassman to recently commit to an SEC program. Pearl River Central sophomore catcher Hayden Dunhurst committed to Ole Miss in late June.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs