Self Commits to Bulldogs

After a busy summer playing baseball, Grenada High School pitcher Riley Self (6-4, 205) found himself on the recruiting radar of the Bulldogs of Mississippi State. Self picked up an early offer from Coach John Cohen and his staff. Earlier today, Self fulfilled a lifelong dream by committing to wear the Maroon and White of Mississippi State.

"I committed today," said Self. "They had already offered me and I wanted to go home and think about things.

"I called them last Sunday and they wanted me to come meet with them today at 10:00."

Self made the drive to Starkville to meet with the Bulldogs' baseball staff.

"I walked in and Coach (John) Cohen, Coach (Butch) Thomson and Coach (Nick) Minginone were all there," said Self. "They were all ready to meet with me.

"I told them that I was committing and they were real excited.

"I think it kind of surprised them a bit, but they were all happy.

"They all got up and gave me a big hug around the neck."

Self reports that his dream has always been to play at Dudy Noble field.

"Ole Miss had been talking to me some, but I have always wanted to be at Mississippi State," said Self. "I just didn't see any reason to wait since I knew where I wanted to go."

"They want me to come in there and pitch.

"I throw in the mid-80s now and I have a pretty good breaking ball. My changeup works pretty good for me, but right now my location is probably what I do best."

The Bulldogs have high expectations this spring and Self expects Mississippi State to compete for big things over the course of the next few years.

"I feel like they're going to do really good this year," said Self of the Diamond Dogs. "They lost Chris Stratton, but they have everybody else back.

"It should be a really good year. I know some people are talking about them going to Omaha.

"I went to Omaha when they went back in 2007 and I can't wait for them to go back.

"When they go again, I am going to be right there with them."

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