Program Spotlight: Middle Tennessee State University

Assistant Coach Jason Stein of Middle Tennessee State University shared a look into his recruiting process and some valuable advice for players who want to play college baseball. The Blue Raiders are an NCAA Division I school that competes in Conference USA, one of the top college baseball conferences in the country.

“Only target 5 or 7 schools!!!”

– Coach Stein, Middle Tennessee State University
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Quick Facts

School:Middle Tennessee State University
Division:NCAA Division I
Conference:Conference USA
Location:Murfreesboro, TN
Student Population:22,000
Questionnaire:Recruit Questionnaire

Recruiting Q&A – with Assistant Coach Jason Stein

What are your typical scouting methods?

Showcases, summer baseball, fall prospect camps

How do you recommend players contact you if they are interested in your program?

Email and coming to our prospect camps

If a player contacts you, what are you most interested in?

Video and metrics from Trackman, Blast motion, etc.

Any general advice for players that want to play college baseball?

Only target 5 to 7 schools!!!

Any other comments about your program that you’d like to share?

Great facility that plays in a great league being Conference USA

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Program Overview- Blue Raider Baseball

The Blue Raiders, who recently came off one of the program’s most successful seasons, are frequent competitors in Conference USA and on a national level. Aside from the on-field success, the Blue Raiders call home to some of the premier facilities in all of college baseball.

Reese Smith Jr. Field, home of the Blue Raiders, seats 2,600 fans and is complete with two turfed hitting cages and enclosed bullpens. The program’s facilities also include the Stephen B. Smith Clubhouse, which features a major league-like locker room, training room, kitchen, and lounge areas.

Student-athletes also have access to a separate facility, the Middle Tennessee Sports Performance Center, which houses state-of-the-art weight training equipment as well as a nutrition center.

Middle Tennessee State University has an impressive track record of producing MLB draft picks. Almost every year the baseball program has one or more players selected in the MLB draft. This is a testament to the program’s level of play and the coaching staff’s ability to develop players.

School Overview – MTSU

Middle Tennessee State University, also known as MTSU, is a public research university located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. With a student population of over 22,000 students, MTSU offers a diverse range of academic programs and opportunities for students to get involved on campus and in the surrounding community.

Founded in 1911, MTSU has a rich history and a strong commitment to student success. The university offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate programs, with popular majors including Business, Education, Nursing, and Engineering. MTSU is also home to several research centers and institutes, including the Center for Popular Music, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Innovation in Media.

The campus of MTSU spans over 500 acres and features a variety of modern buildings and facilities, including state-of-the-art classrooms, cutting-edge research labs, and a vibrant student center. In addition to its academic offerings, MTSU is also well known for its commitment to student life, with over 200 student organizations, a thriving Greek community, and numerous athletic programs.

MTSU is located in the city of Murfreesboro, which is a vibrant and growing community in the heart of Tennessee. The city is home to a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, and is only a short drive from Nashville, one of the country’s most dynamic cities. With its affordable cost of living, friendly community, and strong job market, Murfreesboro is a great place for students to call home.

One of the key factors that sets MTSU apart is its commitment to affordability. The university is committed to keeping tuition and fees as low as possible, and offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid programs to help students afford a college education. In addition, MTSU also offers a range of support services and resources to help students succeed, including academic advising, tutoring, and career services.

MTSU is also dedicated to serving its local community, and has established a number of partnerships and initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life for residents of the region. For example, the university offers a number of outreach programs, such as its popular “Science in Motion” program, which brings hands-on science experiences to local schools, and its “MTSU on the Move” initiative, which provides health and wellness services to underserved communities in the area.

Middle Tennessee State University is a dynamic and forward-looking institution that is committed to providing students with a high-quality education and a vibrant college experience. Whether you’re interested in a particular field of study, or just looking for a supportive and welcoming community, MTSU is a great choice for students of all backgrounds and interests.

Considered a hidden gem by many, Middle Tennessee State University is often described as a large school with a small-town feel. Students that are interested in learning more about the offerings, application process, and housing, should visit

Closing Remarks

We would like to give a special thanks to Coach Stein for taking the time to complete the Q&A and offer some advice to players who are in the recruiting process. For players that would like to introduce themselves to Coach Stein, they are encouraged to follow the instructions he mentioned and consider attending an upcoming prospect camp.

Also, we’d like to highlight a piece of advice that Coach Stein provided. He suggested players limit their search to 5-7 schools during the recruiting process. This is great advice, and while it may take some research and self-evaluation to properly identify 5-7 schools that are a practical option, players should narrow their focus as they progress in the recruiting process. This will allow players to stay organized and give each school the necessary attention in order to determine if it’s a good fit. Plus, prospect camps and college applications can get expensive. If players are applying to dozens and dozens of schools, this can quickly add up.

Again we would like to thank Coach Stein, and we wish the Blue Raiders the best of luck in their upcoming season.