California Kid Headed to the SEC

Mississippi State's run into the finals of the NCAA college world series has given the Bulldogs a little more national clout on the recruiting trail. Earlier today, California standout right hander Aaron Dominguez committed to Coach John Cohen and the Bulldog coaching staff.

Aaron Dominguez profile

"I took a visit out to Mississippi State this past weekend and that just did it for me," said Domniguez. "I have been a lot of places, but Mississippi State just touched my heart.

"I feel like that is the place that I am supposed to be."

Dominquez reports that his time in Starkville was eye opening.

"Mississippi State is just a great place to be for student athletes," said Domqinguez. "They are just so committed to athletics there and the fan support is just great.

"They are really committed to academics and you can really tell that they stress that there.

"I feel like the staff at Mississippi State is the best coaching staff in the nation and I can't wait to be a Bulldog."

The chance to play in the SEC was simply something that 5-10, 170 pounder could not pass up despite his west coast roots.

"I always thought I would get the chance to play out here in the Pac-12, but the SEC is the greatest conference in the country," said Dominguez. "I knew if I ever had the chance to get out there in the southeast, that I was going to think hard about it.

"The weather out there is great for baseball and that is only going to help me keep my arm in better shape year round."

Dominguez chose Mississippi State over offers from Cal-Poly, Pepperdine and San Jose State along with serious interest from Arizona, Long Beach State, UCLA and Washington among others.

"Those other schools all wanted me to visit and they were talking about making me an offer, but once I knew I was going to Mississippi State I didn't see the need in visiting them," said Dominguez. "I am glad to have all of this behind me, so I can focus on my senior year and then getting out there to Mississippi State."

Bulldog pitching coach Butch Thompson has had some success as of late putting Mississippi State pitchers into the Major League draft.

Thompson's track record with the draft attracted Dominguez.

"I top out with my fastball at 91, but my best pitch is my changeup," explained Dominguez. "I get most of my outs on my changeup, but I have a slider and a curve.

"I feel like I am going to be a lot better pitcher after working with coaches at Mississippi State.

"They put a lot of people into the draft and that's the ultimate goal.

"Committing to Mississippi State accomplished a big goal for me and I believe being there will help me accomplish all of the other goals I have for myself."

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