Walley Earns All-State Honors

Gus Walley was his team's leading receiver this season. His efforts did not go unnoticed. The future tight end was selected to play in the North/South All-Star game and was selected first team 4A All-State by the Mississippi High School coaches earlier this week.

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"I found out that I made the All-State team in second period when my coach told me," said Gus. "It's a big honor and I am really proud to be selected."

Walley will be on the road this week as he joins up with his south state teammates as they prepare for Saturday's Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic.

"I am going to be heading over there for practice tomorrow," said Gus. "I am hoping to get down there and play in the game this weekend."

Walley's participation in the game was in doubt when a knee injury sidelined him late in the season.

"I am doing good now," said Gus. "I tore my MCL, but my doctor told me to rehab it hard and be careful with it.

"It's been almost two months now and my doctor has released me.

"I was in the weight room earlier and I power cleaned 315 like it was nothing.

"My knee is just as strong as it was before I got hurt and it might be stronger."

Gus committed to Mississippi State, his lifelong favorite team, this summer and since that time he has not looked back.

"I talk to Coach Hughes every week," said Walley. "He is the recruiter for this area.

"He is always checking on me and seeing what I am up to. We talk about whatever is going on in my life and up there with the team."

The Greene County standout reports that he has spent a lot of time in Starkville this year. The frequent visits have only added to his enthusiasm about his college future.

"I went to every home game this year except the Alabama game," said Walley. "I had a great time every time we went up there.

"I enjoyed the Egg Bowl. It was cold and wet, but I had a great time because we won.

"I am going to take my official visit up there sometime in January, but I am not sure of the date.

"I am really looking forward to that."

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