STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - Following the footsteps of fellow South Panola High School alum Amanda Ivy, Mississippi native and star outfielder Chloe Morgan signs as the fifth member of Mississippi State head coach Vann Stuedeman’s 21st-ranked 2018 recruiting class.
“Chloe is a pure athlete with the intangibles that fit perfectly into our culture,” Stuedeman said. “She comes to us by way of South Panola High School, home of former Bulldog great Amanda Ivy. Coach [Ashleigh] Hicks does a VANN-tastic job preparing her student-athletes to compete at the next level. We are super proud to be signing Mississippi’s best player in the 2018 class.”
The Batesville, Miss., native is a two-sport athlete at South Panola, playing both softball and basketball. She’s been a member of the Tigers’ varsity softball program since 2007.
“I chose Mississippi State because it is my dream school,” Morgan said. “I have always wanted to wear the Maroon and White. I am super excited to play for such a great coaching staff.”
Morgan is entering her senior season as a standout outfielder for the South Panola Tigers and coach Ashleigh Hicks. A two-time All-District selection, Morgan has been a threat at the plate and in the field since her seventh-grade season in 2013.
In that first campaign, Morgan appeared in 16 games and tallied a .294 clip with five hits and 16 runs scored. She bested those numbers during the 2014 season, going 28-for-88 at the plate for a .318 average while adding six RBIs and 28 runs scored.
As a freshman, Morgan led the Tigers to the District 6 Championship and the 2015 North State Championship where South Panola finished runner-up. At the plate, Morgan had a breakout season with a .500 average with help of 32 hits, including four doubles and a triple, coupled with a .586 on-base percentage. She added 18 RBIs, 32 runs scored and 18 stolen bases.
Morgan’s sophomore campaign was spotlighted with stellar numbers again as she held a .373 clip at the plate with 31 hits in addition to her .453 on-base percentage and .530 slugging mark. Morgan continued to rack up the runs with 28 scored while driving in 20 more.
During her junior season, Morgan posted career-best numbers with 35 hits, 10 doubles, 22 RBIs, and 34 runs scored. Her efforts allowed for a .438 average at the plate and a .541 on-base percentage. Morgan also turned in her best slugging percentage of her career with a .600 clip as a junior.
Entering her senior season, Morgan is .395 career hitter at the plate with 131 hits, including 23 doubles, nine triples and a home run. She has scored 130 career runs with 67 RBIs and 56 stolen bases. She holds a .475 on-base percentage and a .527 slugging mark over her five seasons with South Panola.
Just as impressive are Morgan’s defensive numbers. In her 123 career games played, Morgan holds a .944 fielding percentage with 93 putouts and eight assists in the outfield with just six errors committed as a Tiger.
Morgan is also a star on the softball travel ball scene as well, playing for coach Rose Kalisak and the Mississippi Blue Angels.
Success for Morgan extends beyond the diamond as the newest addition to the Bulldog family is a star in the classroom. She is a member of the Beta Club and has maintained a grade point average above a 3.0 over her entire high school career.
The daughter of Regina Morgan, Chloe plans on majoring in kinesiology with an emphasis in physical therapy. When not on the field, Moran enjoys shopping and spending time with family and friends.