"Spring practice is going great," said Jonathan Celestine, considered one of the top three defensive ends in the Magnolia State. "I have been going against our biggest offensive lineman who is 6-7 and 330 pounds. It was tough the first couple of days, and I was trying to get used to his weight and strength. But at the end of the week, I was putting it on him pretty good."
Along with other solid seniors, Celestine has helped lift the CHS gridiron program to new heights. Beginning his freshman year, Corinth has posted 10-1, 12-2 and 13-1 marks heading into the 2003 campaign.
"The only thing we are wanting right now is a state title and try to go undefeated," admitted Celestine. "It was a big transition for some of us when we were freshmen stepping up to play high school. But we were all fine after a couple of games. We have been winning since I was here and want to prove a point this year and go undefeated. And hopefully, some people will like what they see. I know I am going to give it my all, in high school and to earn a scholarship somewhere."
Following spring practice and the end of school, Celestine is planning on attending the Nike Camp on May 18th in Auburn, Ala., along with possibly the team camp at Georgia and the Ole Miss and Mississippi State summer camps.
"As a team, we were planning on going to the Alabama camp," said Celestine. "But I don't know now with all that has happened and stuff. We will probably go to the Georgia team camp now. I was going to try to go to the Maryland camp until I found out exactly how far it was away. They will have to come and see me, I guess. But I also want to go to the MSU and Ole Miss camp.
"I just hope to have a lot of fun and pick up some helpful things at camp. And it will be good to play in front of some college coaches and learn from them. And maybe, they will like what they see in me."
Several Southeastern Conference schools have sent letters to Celestine along with the University of Memphis and Maryland.
"There have been coaches at our practice from Maryland, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Memphis," said Celestine. "I have also gotten letters from LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and MSU (among others). There are no favorites right now and I really have not thought too much about that. I am just focusing on getting ready for my senior year. But it is fun to be noticed and get a lot of letters."
Paul Jones is a recruiting correspondent for Gene's Page. Paul, also a sports writer for the Columbus Commercial Dispatch, can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org