I know the last time we talked was at the Nike Camp on the campus of Auburn. What camps have you attended since then?
"I went to two Ole Miss camps and Alabama's camp."
What did the coaches talk to you about at the camps?
"At Alabama, I think they really liked me. They said they were looking for offensive linemen. They said if I came there, I would have a good chance of playing early."
They must have really liked you to say that. What did they say they liked about you?
"When I first got there, I talked to Sparky Woods. I talked to him earlier in the year. He said he really liked me and all the other coaches were interested in seeing me. When I got there, I talked to the offensive line coach and he liked the way I looked. I've put on weight since the Nike Camp. I weigh 280 and I weighed 250-something at the Nike Camp.
"We went through some drills at Alabama and there was an article on the internet about the camp. They listed me among the top offensive linemen at the camp."
Obviously, based on them liking you, you put on the right kind of weight?
"Yes sir. I've reached my goal of weighing 280."
What do you think about Alabama after attending their camp?
"(TheInsiders site) wrote an (article) that they were going to clean up in Alabama as best they could. That impressed me about them. The same thing about Mississippi State, they try to get all the kids from Mississippi.
"Alabama, like Mississippi State, already has told me they have tickets available to their games if I want to come to them." [Each student/athlete can get three tickets to each game from each college.-Gene]
Did you go to the Ole Miss camps before or after the Alabama camp?
"I went to both of them before. I went to the Senior camp and another camp there."
What did they say they liked about you?
"They liked my size, the way I moved, the way I worked and my competitiveness and meanness."
What other camps do you plan on attending the rest of the summer?
"I have Auburn and Mississippi State left."
Since I last talked to you, has the interest from colleges picked up?
"Yes sir, a lot. After that Nike Camp, I started getting a bunch of stuff."
I know it's early, but do you have a list of five or six schools that you are most interested in?
"I won't put it in any kind of order. Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama and Marshall. Those are all the schools that are most interested in me."
I know, when you were at the Mississippi State scrimmage, their coaches showed a lot of interest in you. Did Alabama show that much interest in you?
"No, when I went to Mississippi State, (offensive line) Coach (Steve) Campbell, man, made me feel great. I felt more at home at Mississippi State and Alabama than I have anywhere else."
What is it about State that you like?
"I guess because everybody was so down to earth. Everybody seemed to be straight forward with me. That's how I am. Don't beat around the bush with me. If you like me, you like me, if you don't, you don't. I don't put on a show for anyone. I'm an ole country boy who wears boots. That's all I wear, Red Wing (boots)."
I know you told me the last time we talked that Mississippi State offered you a scholarship. Who else has offered?
"That's it. When Marshall and Alabama called me, they said they were going to offer me but they haven't, so far. I've also been getting a bunch of hand written letters from Auburn."
I bet getting hand written letters is impressive?
"Yes sir. It's nice to get other letters, but when you get a hand written letter, that means they took the time to sit down and write it. That shows me that they are little more interested in me than the next person."
Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, Lance.
"I appreciate it."
Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.