Michael's maximum bench press is 245 pounds and maximum squat is around 600 pounds.
Michael, who will be invited to the May 18th Nike Camp, told me he "plans on attending the Ole Miss and Mississippi State camps. I'm thinking about the Auburn camp but if I make it to the Nike Camp (at Auburn), I probably won't go back down there."
A highly recruiting youngster, Michael is receiving letters from, "Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, LSU, Michigan State, Columbia, Stanford, Florida, and two from Harvard but I put those on my wall. And also Auburn."
When asked what schools he is most interested in at this time, Michael said, "I really like Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Then, Memphis and Jackson State. That's about it."
MICHAEL'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:
Casey Younger is a 6-1, 240-pound defensive end who plays for Vicksburg High School in Vicksburg, Mississippi. An exceptional student, Casey, who is in advance placement classes, has a GPA over 4.0 and has already made a better than qualifying ACT score. Also a very strong youngster, Casey can bench about 300 pounds and squat over 500.
Casey has received numerous awards including All-District, All-Region and All-County.
Casey told me that he, "plans on attending a lot of camps. I know I'm going to Mississippi State. I know I'm going there, for sure. I've been invited to the LSU camp. I think I'm going to go to that camp. I'm also going to a lineman camp that is at Thibodaux, Louisiana. I have also been invited to the Nebraska camp and may go there. Southern Miss has also invited me to their camp."
In the midst of the spring evaluation period, Casey said several college coaches have come to his school. "Coach Glenn Davis from MSU came through Monday," said Casey. "Tuesday, the coach from Ole Miss came. I think it was their linebacker or running back coach. Southern Miss came in last week. Samford also came in."
When asked what schools he is most interested in at this point of his recruitment, Casey said, "I've thought about Miami a lot. I've thought about (Mississippi) State, also. Nebraska and LSU has been giving me a lot of interest. I like Southern Cal. I also like Southern (Miss) and Ole Miss."
CASEY'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:
Keyon Harris, possibly one of the better offensive lineman in the state of Mississippi, is 6-3, 320 pounds and told me that he runs a 5.0 forty. Also very strong, Keyon, in the spring of 2002, benched 340 pounds and squatted 500.
Keyon is a good student.
Keyon, invited to the May 18th Nike Camp, is also planning on attending camps at, "Mississippi State and Southern Miss."
He said he is interested in, "Auburn, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and I would have to say Alabama."
KEYON'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:
Kevin Johnson, one of the fastest football players in the state of Mississippi (4.3 forty, 10.6 100 meters), is a 5-9, 175-pound running back who plays for Washington School in Greenville, Mississippi.
Kevin has earned numerous honors, including All-State, MVP - North AAA, and All-Delta.
Kevin, another invitee to the prestigious Nike Camp, also plans on attending camps at, "the seven on seven Mississippi State camp with my school. We've gone to it the past few years. I think I'm going to a mini camp that Alabama is having."
When asked what schools he is most interested in, Kevin said, "I don't really know. I would love to play anywhere DI. That is what I would love to do." Although, as he said, he would love to play DI ball, he also had a tentative list of schools that he is interested in. "(Mississippi) State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia, Auburn LSU and Alabama."
KEVIN'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:
Steve Gandy, a Clarion-Ledger All-State selection at the conclusion of his junior season, is a 6-1, 190-pound linebacker who plays for 2002 5A State Champion Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, Mississippi.
A good student, Steve has already made a better than qualifying ACT score.
Steve told me that, "Alabama, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Auburn, West Alabama," have visited his school.
Steve attended Junior Days at Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss.
Another Nike Camp invitee, Steve told me that, "he hasn't made up his mind yet," which camps he will attend, but he did say that he has, "thought about going to the Tennessee camp and the Auburn camp. And probably Ole Miss. I'll going to have to see how my money is."
Steve told me he is interested in, "Florida State. I'm high on them. Auburn and Alabama. Ole Miss and Southern (Miss). I would say LSU. I've been getting a lot of stuff from Nebraska, a lot."
STEVE'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:
Other recruiting news....
I attended yesterday's East Mississippi Community College junior college combine. Mississippi junior colleges in attendance included Northeast Mississippi CC, East Central CC, Mississippi Delta CC, Coahoma CC and, of course, East Mississippi CC.
Also in attendance to observe the players go through various drills, were college coaches from 33 colleges, DI, D2 and D3. SEC schools in attendance were Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas and LSU.
Players that stood out included Lonnie Collier (NEMCC, RB, 5-10, 213, 4.59), Chris Brawley (NEMCC, WR, 6-3, 215, 4.65), Willie Johnson, Jr. (ECCC, DE, 6-1.5, 291), Renuel Green (EMCC, DE/LB, 6-3, 209, 34.5" vertical leap, 4.75), DeJuan Skinner (EMCC, OL, 6-5.75, 313, 5.37), Anthony Brown (MDCC, WR, 6-6.5, 205, 4.52, 34.5" vertical), Charles Brown (MDCC, SS, 5-11, 197, 4.63, 34" vertical), Sammie Collins (MDCC, DE, 6-3, 235, 5.07, 26.5" vertical), and Bo Cox (MDCC, CB/S, 6-1, 195, 4.58). (One comment about Skinner: As of now, I'm not sure if he will have one or two years of eligibility after graduating from EMCC.) There were others that showed promise, but these are the ones that stood out in my mind. I'll be keeping tabs on these players in case MSU is or becomes interested.
Several top juco players of note from these teams who didn't make it to the combine included MDCC's DE Corvelli Haynes, a player that signed with MSU out of high school, NEMCC CB Mario Stevenson, a player that has offers from Florida, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and LSU, according to what he told his coach. Mario's brother and teammate Matthew Stevenson, a QB, has an offer from Ole Miss. Both Mario and Matthew are originally from Melrose High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. The URL for Gene's Page is http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com. You can contact him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.