Gridley Pledges to the Bulldogs

Class of 2014 middle infielder Ryan Gridley of Milton High School (GA) committed to Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen Monday night. He talks with about the process and decision.

"I am so excited," said Gridley. "I just committed. I called Coach Cohen, and then I called (assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson and (assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione to have a conversation with them."

Coach Cohen along with his staff were full of enthusiasm about Gridley's decision, as well as what he brings to the table.

"Coach Cohen was just extremely excited," said the talented player. "He said he loves the way I play and knows how great of a team player I am. He knows I'm going to attract a lot of talent and I believe it. I'm going to try to get other guys to come to Mississippi State too because I'm all about winning a national championship."

The Mississippi State coaching staff used a team effort to gain the pledge from the Georgia standout.

"My recruiting process started with Coach Thompson in Georgia this summer, and then it just escalated," said Gridley. "The coaches did a fantastic job; they are the best recruiters in the country by far."

Throughout the process, Gridley gained recruiting interest from numerous schools. In addition to Mississippi State, he was recruiting by other top programs such as Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson and South Carolina.

However, the junior from Milton High School felt that Mississippi State was the best fit for him because of all the positives that he saw there.

"The amount of support the baseball program gets and the development each coach is going to give to the players is awesome," said Gridley. "They care so much about their players and I want to be a part of that.

"I visited Mississippi State two times and after the second time I fell in love with it. I knew that was where I wanted to go. I got back home and talked to my parents and decided. I called Coach Cohen and said I'm ready."

Rated #234 on the 2014 prospects list by national scouting service Perfect Game, Gridley brings quickness, defensive play making, and intelligence to the Diamond Dawgs.

"I have a great IQ of the game and I know what's going on at all times," said Gridley. " I have the ability to call the game like I see it. A lot of people are looking for tools, but it's different because once you're on that ball field you've got to know what you're doing."

Gridley definitely has the tools. But above all, he has established a specific goal for he and his future Mississippi State teammates.

"I'm here to win and that's what I'm about," said the latest Mississippi State baseball commitment.

Ryan is the third MSU commitment for the class of 2014. He joins middle infielder Dale Burdick (6-0, 170, R-R, Sumimit HS, Spring Hill, TN) and outfielder Joey Swinarski (6-3, 190, R-R, The First Academy, Winter Park FL).

Carew Ferguson is a feature writer for the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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