Mississippi State is recruiting me. Tell me about their recruitment of you?
"They've offered me a scholarship and I'm visiting them Monday."
Tell me about that. When did they offer you a scholarship?
"They came in two days after Rick Ray got the job. He came up to my prep school and saw me play and offered me on the spot. Actually, one of the coaches he hired, Wes Flanigan who was at Nebraska, was recruiting me. So, he already knew my game but Rick Ray wanted to come in and see how good I was. He wanted me right there on the spot. Then, he came back up the following week to see me again just to make everything official and tell me how much he wanted me to come to the school. When Rick Ray told me that he really wanted me I told my parents it meant a lot to me that a high-major head coach would come up here twice to see me back to back. I have South Carolina and Seton Hall in the mix but they never brought their head coaches up here twice. And he came up twice, so I took that to mean he must really want me to be in his program. I told him that I put them number 1 on my list right now. I told the South Carolina and Seton Hall coaches that I am going to Mississippi State for a visit first before I go to their schools."
You've mentioned Mississippi State as offering you. What other schools have offered you?
"Seton Hall, South Carolina, Houston and Southern Cal have all offered. I have a lot of mid-majors, too, like Hofstra, Jacksonville and several others."
Did it surprise you that the head coach would come in and see you twice?
"It really did. When they first offered me a scholarship I thought they were just trying to get players in quickly because I know a couple of their players left. I thought it was them just trying to get me in because they needed the bodies. But Rick Ray really and truly is a great guy. He told me that he wanted me to be his point guard for the next four years. He said he wants me to come in as a freshman and take over the point guard position. He said he wants me to come in and have a good career."
Obviously Wes Flanigan had been recruiting you for awhile, so he liked you. What did he and Coach Ray say they like about you?
"He said I was a different type point guard than other points guards. Not many point guards can do as much as me. I'm a pretty good shooter, he said I'm really explosive at making moves from my off hand, and he said I'm a heck of a defender."
As for your official visit to Mississippi State, what are your thoughts about the upcoming visit?
"I told my dad if I like it then I am going to be a Bulldog. He told me that I am old enough now to do anything I want to on my own. He said I have already gone through the recruitment before and that I know what I want. I told Coach Ray and Coach Flanigan that if I liked everything and it was a good fit for me then I was going to get it done right there."
Who has been your main recruiter from Mississippi State?
"Coach Ray has been. That was another thing that has pulled me to Mississippi State. He is the one who will give you the playing time."
What are your thoughts about Coach Ray?
"He is a really good guy. And it sounds like he is a really good family guy. He just sounds like he is a really good person. That is really big with me. He sounds like somebody that I can really trust."
What did you know about Mississippi State prior to Coach Ray recruiting you?
"All I knew about them was Dee Bost because he is from Concord, North Carolina. And Charlotte (where Jacoby is from) and Concord are really close. And I watched him a lot when I was younger. Not too many people know this, but I really looked up to Dee Bost when I was younger because he was real good. I was always a fan of his. He went to Mississippi State. Then, when I found out that Mississippi State was coming to watch me play I was real excited about that."
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