Steve Robertson -

Itawamba CC defensive tackle Lee Autry talks about his commitment to Mississippi State

Mississippi State picked up its' second commitment of the week with the verbal pledge of Itawamba Community College defensive tackle, Lee Autry. The Albemarle, North Carolina native is the younger brother of former Bulldog defensive end Denico Autry. In his first public comments since informing the staff in Starkville of his intentions to wear the Maroon and White, Autry is both exhilarated and relieved.

"I called Coach (Dan) Mullen this morning and told him that I was ready to commit," Lee Autry said. "He was fired up about it. I talked with him about everything and now I am about to call my mama and my brother (Denico)."

While older brother and NFLer Denico Autry was not the first to get the news of the younger Autry's commitment, the talented defensive end has been in the loop throughout the process.

"He has been telling me to make my own decision, but I feel like he's always known I was going to pick Mississippi State," Autry said. "I know that he had a good experience there. I have been over there so many times that it just feels like home."

Last Thursday, Autry was on campus for one of the Mississippi State spring practice sessions. The hometown feel and sense of brotherhood with the Bulldog players stayed with the talented defensive tackled even after he returned home.

"When I go over there, it just feels right," Autry said. "They always treat me like family and just feel comfortable when I am over there around everybody. It just feels like home. I like all of the coaches and I know a lot of the players. They treat me like I am already on the team."

With a new defensive alignment being implemented with a completely new defensive staff, Autry has spent a lot of time learning about where he would in the Bulldog scheme of things.

"They are going to more of a three man front," Autry said. "We play 4-3 here at ICC, but I can play on the nose too. That's what they're talking about me playing. I can play either one though. I think I would make a good nose (guard) and I know that I can take on double teams."

Autry played in ten games as a freshman at ICC recording 21 total tackles, a half sack and two batted passes. He is expected to play a much larger role in the Indian defensive efforts this fall. Scheduled to graduate in December, Autry plans to enroll at Mississippi State in January to take part in spring practice 2017.

As a member of the 2015 talent pool, Autry was heavily recruited by Mississippi State, but elected to commit to Wake Forest. On signing day. the 6-3, 315 pounder inked with Itawamba CC rather than a four year program. 

Autry chose the Bulldogs over current offers from Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee State.

Earlier in the week, Mississippi State picked up a commitment from Walnut High School star Monterio Hunt. Interestingly enough both Autry and Hunt took unofficial visits to Starkville on the same day last week to see the Bulldogs in action as they prepare for the Maroon and White spring game next month.



Gene's Page Top Stories