It's something that Coppell (Tex.) left-handed pitcher John Kodros has always dreamed about and now it's real, he's an LSU Tiger.
"It's unbelievable. I can't wait to get down there and start playing for coach Mainieri," Kodros said. "It was my dream school since I was a little kid. It was where I wanted to go my whole life. It's just a great opportunity."
The love for LSU started as a young kid, watching the Tigers with family and when he developed as a baseball player, the fit was something Kodros couldn't ignore.
"I've always known they had a good baseball program, but honestly, if I didn't play baseball, I'd still want to go there," the 6-4, 175-pound lefty said. "A lot of my family is from the LSU/Shreveport area so I grew up watching LSU football and baseball games so the atmosphere just made me want to be there."
Kodros took his official visit for the LSU-Missouri football game and was hosted by fellow pitcher Todd Peterson, who showed Kodros a good time while on campus.
"I had a great time. Got to spend with all the coaches before coach Andy Cannizaro left with a good opportunity at Mississippi State," Kodros said. "I got to meet a lot of the players and I feel like I connected with a lot of them. Just feels like a great fit for me."
There's a lot to be excited about for Kodros now that he can get to LSU, but playing in the Box is something he's most excited about.
"It means a ton just to be fortunate enough to get a scholarship offer is a big honor for me. I hope I can carry on the legacy from the past and be there to help the Tigers win," Kodros said. "I'm most excited about just getting to play for coach Mainieri, competing at the highest level and playing for the best fans in college baseball. I'm ecstatic to play in front of that many people every night so it's a really cool experience."
The Tigers have a real need for left-handed pitchers in the program. Kodros meets that need in a big way.
"I think they like my uniqueness. They don't have a lot of lefties in the program right now so I think they're looking forward to having me because I can bring the left-handed aspect to the game," Kodros said. "They like my pitching ability and to throw my breaking ball really well."
That being said, the work's not done for Kodros. He's got a solid slider already that has impressed on the circuit according to Perfect Game, but Kodros admits he can do a little work.
"I can gain some weight. If I can do that, it can bring in more velocity down the road. My changeup can use a little work too."