Derek Pegues In Title Game, Rearranges Visits

Quarterback/defensive back <b>Derek Pegues</b> and the South Panola Tigers will defend their Mississippi State 5A title this Friday against Ocean Springs. As a result, the four-star standout from Batesville will need to change his visit schedule. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with Pegues Tuesday night to see how the changes affect his Michigan trip.<br>

South Panola is the defending Mississippi State 5A champion and will defend that title Friday against Ocean Springs. While the Tigers are blowing out opponents, outscoring the opposition 530-129 on their way to a 14-0 record, they did get a bit of a wake up call in their semi-final match against Clinton. The Arrows actually took a 10-7 lead into halftime before South Panola exploded in the second half with five-straight touchdowns on their way to a 41-13 victory to advance to the finals. It was the Tigers' 29-consecutive victory. Senior quarterback Derek Pegues led the second half charge, racking up 129 yards and scoring two of his three touchdowns in the second stanza.

Pegues was scheduled to visit Michigan the weekend of Dec. 10. He will now visit Tennessee on that weekend. "Coach English was down here the Monday before Thanksgiving," Pegues said. "He talked to my coach about me coming up the weekend after Tennessee, but it isn't set yet. I do want to visit Michigan for sure."

The 5 foot 10, 175-pound Pegues said he also has a visit scheduled to LSU for Jan. 21. He lists the Wolverines along with Tennessee, LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss has his final list. "I don't really have a leader right now," he said. "I'll take all of my visits and decide on Signing Day."

With the list stocked with Southern schools, does the school up north have chance to land the top defensive back in the South? "They have a lot of guys leaving so I can get a chance to play," he said. "My family is okay with me leaving the state so that isn't a problem."

Note: Michigan does not usually schedule official visits for the 3rd weekend in December because of exams and departure for their bowl game. So we'll see how this works out -- could Pegues become an early January U-M visitor??

Pegues told that he has over 1200 yards rushing, 1000 yards passing, 30 total touchdown's on offense. On the defensive side he said he has 4 interceptions, 35 tackles and 16 pass break-ups. "I want to play on defense when I get to college," he said. "That's where schools are recruiting me for."

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