Prospect Q&A: Austin Davidson

Ronald Sims
Mississippi Scouting Director

The Prep Baseball Report Mississippi scouting staff recently sat down with West Lauderdale second baseman, Austin Davidson to discuss his recent commitment to Jones County Junior College. Below is a transcript of our question and answer session:

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process?
Davidson: I expected it to be exciting.

PBR: Did location or distance from home play a factor in your decision?
Davidson: I didn’t want to go to far away but it didn’t play a big factor in my decision.

PBR: Where did the college you chose first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?
Davidson: The first time Jones saw me was at their fall camp my sophomore year and our relationship just grew from there.

PBR: Who is the best player you have faced in your state, and why?
Davidson: I would say Bailee Hendon from Vancleave because he had good movement from the left side with a great slider that he could place anywhere he wanted. Not only that but he could hit and tracked down balls in the outfield.

PBR: At what point in your career did you realize you were an elite player and became serious about taking your game to the next level?
Davidson: I’ve always wanted to go and play baseball at the next level but my sophomore summer and beginning of my junior year is when it really started to kick in that I could play college baseball. 

PBR: What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?
Davidson: I was looking for a team that wanted to work hard, put in the extra time, try and better me not only as a player but as a young adult, and have a winning tradition.

PBR: What is your best attribute as a baseball player and how does that transfer onto the field for your team?
Davidson: I think my best attribute is my high level of energy and I try and use that to get things started and get things turned up.

PBR: What part of your game needs the biggest improvement, why, and what will you do to improve it?
Davidson: I would say the biggest improvement I need to make is my short game with push and drag bunting in the cages and getting stronger in the weight room.

PBR: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?
Davidson: I would definitely say not to give up and carry yourself well and always have a good attitude.

PBR: What do you do in the offseason to keep yourself in baseball shape and prepare for the upcoming season?
Davidson: I have football in the offseason so that helps with strength and conditioning, and I’ll go to the cages and hit a little bit and take ground balls.

PBR: What do you like most about the college you committed to and what were the key factors in making your decision?
Davidson: I’ve always wanted to go to Jones but I liked that they have a winning tradition but I really liked the expectations they had and the things that they saw in me as a player and things that I could become and work on. 

PBR: What other schools were on your short list before you made your final decision?
Davidson: Meridian CC and East Central CC



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