Tide Visits Mississippi Athlete

Derek Pegues, 5-10, 180 pounds, of South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi, finished an impressive senior year. South Panola won the state championship for the second year in a row. Wednesday night, Pegues received a visit from Head Coach Mike Shula and Coach Sparky Woods.

"Coach Shula and Coach Woods, from Alabama, came by my school and came to my house today. The visit went really good. I was finally able to put a name to a face. That was the first time I have met Coach Shula. I like him. I have seen Coach Woods before. He came to the state championship game and a few other games. I like Coach Woods a lot. He is straight up with me, and he doesn't beat around the bush. He is my recruiting coach, and if I went to Alabama, he would be my position coach," said Derek Pegues.

Most schools are recruiting the four star athlete as a defensive back/wide receiver, but the Tide has other plans.

"Alabama is the only school recruiting me as a running back. I have played running back all my life. It has been my main position. I would love to keep playing it, but it doesn't matter to me what position I play."

"Alabama has a really good program. They have some young players. They had some key injuries this year and still did really good. They have the number two ranked defense, and they have a lot of starters coming back next year. They also hung in there with LSU and Auburn. When I was talking to Coach Shula and Coach Woods they were telling how much they liked me," Pegues added.

Pegues has set three official visits.

"I really don't have a favorite right now. I have visits set to Tennessee this weekend, LSU in January, and Alabama on January 21-23. All those schools are equal. I really don't know what other visits I will take."

When asked about a decision, Pegues replied, "It will be after my visits. I want to find a place where I feel the most comfortable."

Winning a second state championship, Pegues had a very impressive game to finish an unbelievable season.

"We did alright on Friday night. I had 244 yards rushing with five touchdowns. It felt really good. We won it last year, but we had a lot more talent last year. We just had a lot of heart this year. I finished the season with 1,668 yards rushing with twenty six touchdowns and 609 yards passing with eight touchdowns. On defense, I had forty five tackles, seven interceptions, and twenty pass break-ups," said Pegues.

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