Diamond Dawgs Add Another

In just two days the Mississippi State Bulldogs have gained commitments from two of the top rising in-state seniors for the class of 2009. Tupelo ace pitcher Chris Stratton chose the Bulldogs over Ole Miss earlier today.

Chris Stratton profile

Chris picked up early offers from Mississippi State and Ole Miss. After visiting both schools in the past week, he was able to reach a decision.

"I committed to Mississippi State," said an elated Stratton. "I went on a visit to State last Sunday and I really like the staff. They are going to rebuild the program back to what it was and I want to be part of that. I want to be part of the new Cohen era."

A few days ago, Chris spent some time with the Ole Miss coaching staff. After taking some time to consider his options, Stratton made the call.

"I went and visited Ole Miss on Wednesday," said Chris. "I just felt that State was a better fit for me. My brother is there, so he can be there for me if I need something. All of my mom's family went to State, so everybody in my family is real excited about everything."

Sunday afternoon, Stratton picked up the phone and made the call to make his college decision known.

"I committed about 3:30 today," explained the right hander. "I talked to Coach Cohen and he was real pumped. He said he was excited about me being part of the team and he welcomed me to the Bulldog family."

Chris was able has had a conversation with new Bulldog pitching coach Butch Thompson. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal player of the year came away impressed.

"I already feel so close to the coaches at State," said Stratton. "I have only talked with Coach Thompson once, but I am looking forward to getting to know him better. He is real excited about his job and I know he is going to do a great job."

Stratton was 10-1 as a junior and he recorded two saves. He turned in a 1.91 ERA and 98 strikeouts. Chris' lone loss came in the 5A State title game.

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