CoachSpeak: Leo Lewis

Leo Lewis brought Mississippi State fans to their feet earlier today when he signed his national letter of intent to be a Bulldog. Lewis signed with Dan Mullen and his staff over scores of offers including Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss among others. Brookhaven High football coach Tommy Clopton reports that the Bulldogs are getting a fine player and person.

Leo Lewis profile

"It's sort of like I said at the press conference today, Leo's decision brings closure," Clopton said. "Leo had a lot of great choices and he had a lot of great coaches that wanted him to come and be a part of their program, but in the end he had to make a choice and today that choice made everything final."

Mississippi State safeties coach, Tony Hughes, was a big part of things for Lewis. Coach Clopton reports that Hughes' laid back, down to Earth style resonated with the All-American linebacker.

"Mississippi State has been real steady and real consistent through it all," Clopton said. "They never really pressured him and they always told him how hard he was going to have to work. Coach Hughes told him that they think that he can be a great college football player and that they are going to push him harder then he has ever been pushed to help him get there.

"I think Leo responded to that. I know in my conversations with Coach Hughes he never really applied any pressure. They just kept working on him and telling him that they had a home for him and that they had a place he could become a great football player and a great person.

"Mississippi State talked with him about graduating and about getting his education. At some point he is going to enter the workforce and they want him to be prepared for that. It's not just about football. It's about picking a University that can help you get your education and where you can be pushed to reach your goals on and off of the field."

The Bulldogs have produced some quality linebackers in recent years and Lewis could be the next one to follow in that mold.

"I think in many ways he saw that he could go in there and sort of be like the next Benardrick McKinney or someone like that," Clopton said. "Those are some big shoes to fill, but I think he believes it's all possible for him if he works hard. I believe he can go up there and do the things he wants to do and I believe Mississippi State is getting a great player and a great person."

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