Former Granger ready to be a Bulldog
LAGRANGE – There’ll be another Moody on the University of Georgia baseball team next season.
Logan Moody, who graduated from LaGrange High this spring, is heading to Georgia after signing a baseball scholarship.
His brother, Drew Moody, has played for Georgia the past two seasons, and he’ll be a junior on next year’s team.
Logan Moody had a bunch of different options when it came to choosing a college, but when he was offered a scholarship by Georgia coach Scott Stricklin, that’s where he decided to go.
“I know I’m going to the place I should go. It’s the best option,” Logan Moody said. “I’ve really wanted to go there the past few years. I’ve gone up there and watched them play the last two years, and I’ve been a Georgia fan my whole life. It’s really a blessing.”
Moody also had an offer from Georgia Tech, and that was tempting, especially since so many of his teammates on the East Cobb Yankees are set to become Yellow Jackets.
“On my team this summer, I think there are six guys that are signed with Tech. And I’m good friends with all of them,” Moody said. “I know quite a few guys that are already at Tech, so it was kind of difficult.”
Athens is where Moody wants to be, though, and he can’t wait to get that journey started.
“That’ll be really fun,” Moody said. “I stayed probably two or three weekends during the season last year and the year before. I got to know some of the guys, and just how the system works. It was really fun then. I’m looking forward to it.”
Moody did a lot for LaGrange’s baseball team.
He played multiple positions and was one of the team’s top hitters and pitchers, and he said he’s being looked at as an outfielder at Georgia, although he’s open to anything.
“Any position will be good,” he said. “(Stricklin) said mainly I’m an outfielder right now, but I could still be first or third, or pitch some, too.”
There was a big turnout for Moody’s signing ceremony.
There were family members, friends, teammates from basketball and baseball, as well as coaches he’s played for over the years, including his two head baseball coaches at LaGrange, Donnie Branch and Todd Herrington.
“It’s really special. I’m glad to have my buddies there from the baseball team, and some guys from the basketball team, and obviously my family,” Moody said. “Coach Branch came, coach Herrington, coach (Steven) Tanner and all them. It’s really great to see them again.”
Mike Pauley, who coached Moody in basketball, told those gathered at the signing ceremony that “it’s big day in his life.”
“We’re real excited for Logan,” Pauley added. “What a special send-off to you, and a tribute to your hard work and passion for the game, and love for your family. We’re just thrilled to death for you.”
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 or on Twitter @lagrangesports