In State Leader Emerging

The state of Mississippi is flush with offensive line prospects for the 2013 signing class and one of the more coveted big men in the early going is Canton High product Daronte Bouldin. Bouldin holds three early offers along with serious interest from a few other programs. Heading into spring practice, a school close to home has taken an early lead.

Daronte Bouldin profile

These days Bouldin can be found most days somewhere near the Canton High athletic complex.

"We are in the middle of track right now," said Bouldin. "I am throwing the shot put. I have come in first place in all but one meet.

"We start district this week. It's going to be a little tougher, but I am excited about it."

Despite his time preparing for track and field events, the talented offensive lineman is still able to put some work toward the gridiron.

"I get to work out at school every day during 7th hour," said Bouldin. "I am hitting the weights hard and when I get out to track, I am working on my agility some."

A quartet of schools are hearing from Bouldin each week by telephone.

"I have been talking to Alabama some," said Bouldin. "They want me to come and visit. I believe one of my coaches is going to take my over there, so I can meet with the coaches.

"I stay in touch with Mississippi State. They always want to know how I am doing and how school is going.

"Ole Miss likes me to stay in touch with them. They said they are turning things around up there and they want me to be a part of that.

"I talk with Louisiana-Lafayette too. Me and my mom went down there for a visit and I got to meet the coaches and see the facilities.

"They are going to come see me practice some this spring."

With a trio of early options to consider, Bouldin has given one school favored status.

"I am liking Mississippi State the most right now," said Bouldin. "I am just trying to build a relationship with them and then I am going to see what happens.

"I feel real comfortable up there and I believe that Coach (John) Hevesy can make me a better offensive lineman."

Bouldin plans to attend the Bulldogs' spring game this weekend, but he is not planning to close out his recruitment just yet.

"I want to go some camps before I make my decision," said Bouldin. "I want to see how they all coach and I want to see what it's like to work with them in camp before I do anything.

"I am still keeping my options open until I do all of that."

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