Warren Sets Official Visit

Rufus Warren has already made the transition from football to basketball for the Gentry Rams. Even though his physical focus is set on playing hoops, Rufus spent some time thinking about his football future this weekend. Warren was unable to watch the Egg Bowl in person or on TV, but he got a first hand account from area recruiting coach Melvin Smith during an in home visit on Sunday.

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"The visit went well," said Warren of his sit down with Coach Smith. "We chatted a bit about my official visit and the All-Star game I had coming up. "I am visiting up there the 14th, 15th and 16th of January.

"Coach Smith told me to go out and do a good job in the All-Star game, but to stay healthy."

Coach Smith and the Mississippi State staff were fresh off a 31-23 win over rival Ole Miss earlier in the weekend.

Rufus was anxious to learn more about how things went because he had to depend on others to keep him informed on how the game went.

"I had a basketball game on Saturday night, so I had to watch the highlights," said Warren. "My mom kept updating me during my game. Once we got up 31-9, I knew the game was over.

"I expected Mississippi State to win. It's been a real good season and they had the better team this year."

Warren has made a few gameday visits to Starkville and he has enjoyed getting to see his future teammates in action.

"This year is one of the best years I have seen Mississippi State have," said Rufus. "I love how they play hard every game no matter who they are playing.

"I just love Coach Mullen's offense and how they like to use the tight end. I am looking forward to getting up there and playing in that offense."

From the sound of things, Rufus may have the chance to see the playing field in 2011.

"Coach Smith wants me to work hard and try to come take a starting spot," said Warren. "He said they still want me to play tight end and that I need to work hard to get ready to play."

Rufus is expecting to see another visitor from Mississippi State later in the process.

"Coach Mullen wants me to come see me play basketball and then come over to the house and meet with my family," said Warren. "I am not exactly sure when that is going to be, but I am looking forward to that."

From the sound of things, Mullen might get to see something special when he takes in the Gentry Rams' basketball game.

"I am averaging a double, double each game," said Rufus. "We are 6-1 overall and we start district after Christmas. We feel like we have a team that can win state this year."


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