One Of The Nation's Best Visits MSU

Arlington Country Day school's Mario Kegler, one of the elite basketball players in the class of 2016, visited Mississippi State this past weekend.

Mario Kegler enjoyed his Mississippi State visit.

"(Mississippi State's coaches) wanted me to come and check out the school and talk to everybody, watch the (Southern Miss-Mississippi State) football game and see how I liked it," said Kegler, a four-star recruit who is ranked 32nd in the class of 2016. "The visit went very good. I liked the school, the program."

He also came away impressed with Mississippi State head basketball coach Rick Ray.

"I like him. He is a very good coach," said Kegler. "I like that he will hold nothing back and will tell you the truth. I like the way he coaches, his style of play. He's a good coach."

He also has a great relationship with the coach who is recruiting him for Mississippi State, assistant coach George Brooks.

"I like Coach Brooks," said Kegler. "That's my guy. He's real cool, always talking, a funny guy."

Due to the attention MSU is showing him, Kegler feels like they are making him a priority.

"I feel like they made me a priority because of the love they show toward me," he said. "They talk to me just about every day."

Kegler likes what he is seeing and hearing from Mississippi State.

"I am very serious about Mississippi State," he said. "They are Mississippi State and I'm from Mississippi so I'm always going to keep them up there."

But with two years remaining in high school, Kegler is keeping an open mind about recruiting.

"I'm pretty much open to everybody right now," said Kegler, who mentioned that he has offers from Mississippi State, Arizona, Tennessee, Baylor, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Ohio State, UNLV, Memphis and Oklahoma State.

Kegler played at Callaway High School in Jackson, Mississippi last fall but transferred to Arlington Country Day School, a prep school in Jacksonville, Florida, last spring. He'll be playing his first season of basketball there this fall after sitting out the spring semester.

"I transferred there the last semester of last year," he said. "When I first got there, I was around different people and not my family. But when I thought about it I knew that was what it would be like in college. I put all of it behind me and kept going forward."

He has seen improvement in his game while working with the coaches at Arlington Country Day.

"My jumper has gotten better, my ball-handling, things like that have gotten better," said Kegler.

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