April 24, 2009

Bulldogs add first JUCO commitment

Mississippi State picked up its first junior college commitment this week and fourth overall when Pearl River Community College athlete Rashod Henry gave his pledge.

Henry, who committed to Southern Miss out of high school in 2007 before spending two years in the Atlanta Braves farm system, is one of the fastest players in the country being clocked at 4.29.

"I called Coach (Dan)Mullen Tuesday and told him the news," Henry said. "He was excited and said they had been watching film on me for awhile now. I wanted to go to Mississippi State out of high school but it didn't work out. But now I am getting that chance again."

The Bulldogs offered Henry along with Southern Miss and Memphis after his standout senior season at 2A Lumberton. He signed with the Golden Eagles but opted to play pro baseball after being selected by the Braves in the 28th round (858th overall).

Henry spent parts of two seasons as an outfielder with the Gulf Coast Braves appearing in 44 games. Henry hit .227 for his career with two triples, 10 RBI and 12 stolen bases. He hit .279 and swiped 11-of-17 bases in 2007 but was hampered by an injured shoulder in 2008 only hitting .163 and stole five bases in eight attempts in his final season.

"It was alright but I messed up my shoulder," Henry said of his stint in pro baseball. "I played centerfield and I overthrew my shoulder out. But it was a good experience and really helped me to grow up a lot."

Henry then decided to return to his first love, football. The 5-foot-11, 187-pounder enrolled at Pearl River the day before their opener against Holmes. Henry showed no rust in returning form the gridiron taking back a kickoff 86-yards for a touchdown on his first touch in nearly two years.

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