July 9, 2013

Robson reflects on first year at MSU

Before 2012, Canada wasn't exactly a pipeline for Mississippi State baseball.

In fact, no player from north of the border had every played for the Bulldogs until Jacob Robson took the field this past spring. The freshman outfielder played a pivotal role in the most historic season in MSU history.

But it almost did not happen.

Robson, a native of Windsor, Ontario and 30th round draft pick of the San Diego Padres, wanted to play college baseball in the United States. He, along with his coaches from the Ontario Blue Jays and Baseball Canada Junior National Team started contacting colleges throughout America.

As many as 75 schools responded and were interested in the speedy Canadian including the Diamond Dogs. The hitch was that Robson was in need of a pretty substantial scholarship and the numbers crunch of 11.7 scholarships per team, Mississippi State was unsure of its situation going into last spring.

"At first, State wasn't sure if they were going to have it," Robson said. "But in May of last year things opened up and I just jumped on it right away. The reason I came here is because it's an SEC school with good academics and I wanted to play at the highest level. I've been doing that my whole life so I figured I'd keep that up."

But Robson did not come alone.

He recruited his Team Canada teammate Kyle Hann to join him in Starkville. The duo did their best to prepare for the culture shock of moving to another country over 800 miles away.

"Kyle and I tried our best to prepare ourselves for the culture shock because it wouldn't be like anything we'd expect," Robson said. "It's a lot of little things you can't really prepare for. It wasn't anything life-changing, it was just different. But we're used to it now and enjoy it here."

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