Good news for the Michigan State Spartans football and baseball programs: Incoming freshman athlete Adam Berghorst has decided to stay at MSU and follow through with his college education and athletic career. He chose to remain with the Spartans instead of signing a professional contract with the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball.
Honored to be drafted by the @Rangers in the MLB Draft but after many prayers and thoughts I will still continue my plan of furthering my education and football and baseball career at Michigan State University! pic.twitter.com/SGRbDg65d7— Adam Berghorst (@adam_berghorst) July 7, 2019
The Rangers drafted Berghorst in the 14th round of the MLB Draft in early June. Another class of 2019 commit, Jase Bowen, was drafted in the 11th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Unfortunately for the Spartans, Bowen chose to immediately pursue his professional baseball career. So, Berghorst’s decision is big news for both the Michigan State football and baseball teams, as each program could have potentially lost two recruits.
As a recruit, Berghorst — who grew up as a Spartans fan — is listed a three-star defensive end. He ranks No. 16 overall in the state of Michigan, and No. 42 in the country at his position, per the 247Sports Composite. As a baseball player, Berghorst will pitch for Jake Boss Jr.’s squad. According to Prep Baseball, he can throw upward of 90 miles per hour on his fastball, and also has a curveball and changeup in his arsenal. He is a right-hander.
At 6-feet-7-inches tall, and 245 pounds, Berghorst is a towering, intimidating presence both on the pitching mound and on the gridiron. Michigan State returns a loaded defensive line in 2019, so it’s unclear at this point whether or not Berghorst will break into the rotation this season (did potential early playing time sway his decision to stay at all?), or will he possibly take a redshirt?
I was able to speak with Adam last year, following his commitment to Michigan State. If you are interested in learning more about the freshman, including his thoughts on potential early playing time, feel free to read his commitment spotlight piece.