West Monroe sophomore outfielder Jacob Pearson has known what he wanted out of his college career since the seventh-grade.
Pearson knew he wanted to study civil engineering and wanted the chance to play baseball in the Southeastern Conference while pursuing his degree.
Pearson researched the degree and liked what he saw at Mississippi State University.
“From that day on, Mississippi State was my team,” Pearson said. “They shot up my list.”
What came next was something that even caught Pearson by surprise.
Following a scrimmage during his freshman season, Pearson was told to call MSU coaches, they wanted to talk to him.
“It was kind of funny (they wanted Pearson to call) because that was my team,” Pearson said. “They have been following me now since then and they offered on Sunday. I am so excited.”
Pearson and his family visited the Starkville, Mississippi campus and Pearson said that “gave it away” as to what college he wanted to go to.
“The family environment was great,” Pearson said. “The coaches have been good to me, I love the campus and they have a great baseball program.”
Pearson has had almost weekly communication with the MSU coaching staff since that first phone call. Making Pearson convinced that the program is best for him.
Other teams came on after the Bulldogs, such as Ole Miss, but Pearson has stayed close to the coaches at Mississippi State after their early interest in the left fielder.
Pearson is batting .400 with 25 RBIs and 1 home run this season for West Monroe.
Pearson and his West Monroe teammates are back on the field this weekend to continue a crucial District 2-5A series against Ruston.
West Monroe won the first game on Wednesday, 14-3. The teams play at Ruston Friday at 6 p.m The series concludes at West Monroe Saturday at 1 p.m.
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