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State champion Nero Nelson talks about Mississippi All-Star practices.

Mississippi State verbal pledge Nero Nelson won a state championship last weekend. He hopes to strike a blow for state pride this weekend as the All-Stars from Alabama take on their counterparts from Alabama. The annual border war brings out the best from both states, but the team to the east has won seven in a row. Nelson hopes that his team can break the streak this week.

"Things have been going good this week," Nelson said. "They have me playing some at running back, slot and a little at corner.

"It's been great being around all of the other guys. It's a good group of guys. We're all out here working trying to get that win on Saturday."

Nelson is looking to double down when it comes to big wins in his final high school football games. Still riding the euphoria of the 1A state title, Nelson is all smiles.

"Last Saturday was great when we won the 1A state championship," Nelson said. "If we can come out and beat Alabama this weekend and break that seven year streak then that would be great for us too. I think we have a great group of athletes. It would be great to get that win this weekend with this great group of guys."

The Hollandale-Simmons standout raised a few eyebrows yesterday when a report surfaced that he would prefer to spend his college days outside of his home state of Mississippi. The three star talent elected to represent Mississippi State today by wearing a True Maroon shirt underneath his practice pads and jersey.

It appears that Nelson would like to take his comments from a day ago back.

"I am solid with Mississippi State," Nelson said. "Yesterday was messed up, those words were. I am solid with Mississippi State. That's home and that's where I am going."

Nelson plans to take his only scheduled official visit on January 15th when he trips to Starkville with several other top talents from the state of Mississippi.

There have been a few comments made about college football throughout the week, but Nelson reports that there has not been a lot of outright recruiting talk so far.

"We haven't really been talking about that much at all," Nelson said. "We're really just talking about the game this weekend and what we need to go do to get this win. That's the main reason we're all here.

"I want to go our Saturday and preform and do all I can to help this team get a win."

Win or lose this Saturday, Nelson will return to his hometown a hero. The decorated star will go down as one of the greatest high school football players his community has ever produced.

"It feels so great to win the state title," Nelson said. "We got to state in 2005, but we lost. We are a small city, so the whole town is just so happy. Our team had been in a drought and we had to get out of that drought. We were able to go out there and get that win and it means everything."

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