When Shapen was a middle-school baseball phenom, he took a recruiting visit with Mississippi State. Back then, however, the newly revamped Dudy Noble Field had yet to be built.

“It was pretty different,” Ken Shapen told GenesPage.com over the phone. “It was a time when he was so young, and we weren’t talking much about football. At that time, there was no baseball field there. Just renderings.”