Nov. 20, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry announced Tuesday the addition of junior college catcher Matt Durst (Whitehouse, Texas) as the eighth signee of the fall period.
"We conclude our fall signing period by adding an outstanding junior college catcher in Matt Durst to our program for 2014," said Berry. "He has shown incredible poise behind the plate when we have seen him play and also possesses a strong presence with his bat. This is another outstanding player and person that our assistant coaches, Chad Caillet and Michael Federico, have been able to sign to join our program."
Durst, at 5-foot-10, 220 lbs., will play his sophomore season at Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, batted .331 with five doubles, a home run and 25 RBI last season in 44 games.
Durst, signed to play for NTCC after a standout high school career at Whitehouse, Texas, batted .469 with 15 home runs, 58 RBI and 53 runs en route to earning Texas Sportswriter's Association 4A second team All-State honors, as well as being named his district's Offensive Player of the Year and the All-East Texas Player of the Year by the Tyler Courier-Times--Telegraph. He did not commit an error in 260 fielding chances during the season at catcher.
That followed his eight homers during his sophomore season in which he won the district's top offensive player honor and was All-East Texas utility player, and nine as a junior, a season in which he earned his district's Defensive Player of the Year honors and was an All-East Texas catcher. He also was a second-team all-district pitcher as a freshman.
Durst joins catcher Chuckie Robinson III (Danville, Ill./Danville HS), infielder/outfielders Dylan Burdeaux (West Monroe, La./West Monroe HS) and Will Watson (Monroe, La./Neville High School), along with right-handed pitchers Dustin Berrong (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla./Choctawhatchee HS), Cooper Jones (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic) Ryan Milton (Albany, La./Jones County JC) and Christian Talley (Diamondhead, Miss./Pearl River CC) in signing with the Golden Eagles during the early period.