Diamond Dawgs Add Late Signee

Coach John Cohen and his staff have hit the recruiting trail hard this season in hopes of shoring up their pitching staff. Earlier today they list of reinforcements grew by one as Hartselle standout hurler Chad Girodo signed with the Diamond Dawgs.

"Mississippi State offered me about two weeks ago," said Chad. "I watched them play Auburn and then they came to watch me pitch."

During Girodo's unofficial visit to the Starkville campus, the Bulldog coaches extended Chad the chance to join the Bulldog program.

"They offered me before I watched the game," said Chad. "I committed like Monday or Tuesday. I called Coach Thompson. He was real excited. He was glad I wanted to be a Bulldog."

Girodo had the chance to experience a bit of what Mississippi State had to offer last summer when he had the opportunity to toe the runner at Dudy Noble.

"I played down there this summer on a travel team," said Chad. "One of my summer league coaches (Steve Gendron) actually went there, so he had some connections. We got to tour the facilities and get to see everything."

The Blue Wave team heard a resounding endorsement from Coach Gendron about his experience at Mississippi State.

"He loved it down there," said Girodo. "He told us if any of us had the opportunity to go there that we would love it. He is a guy I really trust, so I feel like he knows what he is talking about. I am looking forward to getting there."

Chad, a left handed hurler, explains that he enjoys working inside and outside in an effort to keep the hitters of balance.

"I am more of a guy who locates," said Girodo. "I don't try to over power people with my velocity. My location is my strong suit."

After taking the time to consider all of his options, both Chad and his family are excited about his college days at Mississippi State.

"They are real excited for me," said Chad. "They are happy I am getting to go where I want to go. I am getting to live a dream."

Girdo chose Mississippi State over UAB and several junior college and Division II offers.

He joins high school teammate Luke Bole and summer team pals C.C. Watson and Sam Frost on the Bulldogs' 2009-2010 roster.

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