West Brook HS Head Football Coach Craig Stump

West Brook (Beaumont, TX) High School head football coach Craig Stump talks about Shane McCardell, a player of his who committed to Mississippi State Monday afternoon.

Based on Stump's description of Shane McCardell, athletically, I guess the best way to describe Shane is he is a freak of nature.

"Athletically, it's hard to find guys like him," said Stump, who was an assistant coach at Mississippi State under Jackie Sherrill from 1997 to 2002. "He is 6-5 and 220+ pounds and runs the anchor leg on our mile relay. And he'll probably qualify for the state meet in 5A in Texas in the 400 meters after being a regional qualifier last year. He's vertical jumped 39 inches. He can stand underneath the goal, jump off one leg and dunk it. And he ran a 4.6 in the forty yard dash on grass."

Not only is he a tremendous athlete, but he's still a baby as far as knowing the game of football.

"He's only been playing football two years," said Stump, of the basketball player turned football player. "He got so much better between his junior year and senior year playing the game and playing the run. And he's only going to get better (because) he will be able to do the things you can't coach like run around the (offensive) tackle, jump up and bat the ball down and chase somebody down from behind."

And based on that exceptional athletic ability and still learning the game of football, Stump believes the sky is the limit for Shane.

"There may be - right now, today - a better football player than him, but he's a pretty good one," said Stump. "But it's all in front of him because his upside is unbelievable. He's going to do great."

And he's just as good of a kid as he is a football player.

"He's a great kid with good grades, just an exceptional person," said Stump. "He'll do whatever you ask him to do and he'll do the right thing."

As for schools that Mississippi State beat our for Shane's commitment, Stump mentioned four that offered and a few others that were still talking to him about Shane.

"He's received offers from Baylor, Mississippi State, Boise (State) and Arkansas," said Stump, who should have 5 or 6 players sign D-I scholarships this year including two other defensive ends who will sign with Texas A&M and Missouri. "Arkansas, who is understaffed, is trying to get him to come up there for a visit."

And the ones talking to him about Shane include the two biggest names in Texas.

"Texas and Texas A&M talked to me about him after hearing about him going different places, but they recruit so many people off of junior tape and they are all committed up by May," said Stump. "Then, a guy like Shane, who develops (late), they don't have room for him. (And) Houston, who has a new coach, was talking (to me) about him, but they probably realized they weren't going to get him."

And Stump believes if all of those schools had come by and seen Shane last spring then watched him play football in the fall, they would have offered him on the spot.

"If you had come in and watched him run one lap around the track, then watched spring practice, you would have said he is an unbelievable athlete," he said. "Then, if you had come watch some games in the fall, you would have offered him on the spot."

Several schools did wind up offering, but only one will sign him when signing day rolls around. And as of right now, that one is Mississippi State.

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