Is Jeffrey still solid with his commitment to Mississippi State?
"He is firm. He is definitely State-bound. He is not changing his mind."
Did y'all have any reservations when Coach Sherrill resigned and you didn't know who the new coach was going to be?
"You always knew there was a chance something might happen. When things were kind of heading south, we talked about the fact that the guys who were recruiting Jeffrey and who he committed to might not be there; Coach Sherrill, Coach Hallman and Coach Campbell. I asked him if that was going to be a problem and he said, "no, I like Mississippi State". He went through the (Mississippi State) camp last July and he really loved the school. Even though he didn't really get to tour any of the school, he just liked the setting. And when they hired Coach Croom, that was a big shot in the arm for him and me, too."
Why did that give you two such a shot in the arm?
"When Coach Sherrill announced his retirement, I never even though about Coach Croom coming to State. In fact, I'm an Alabama fan..I was an Alabama fan...and I wanted Coach Croom at Alabama. Now, I'm so glad that he didn't get the Alabama job and he is going to be coaching my son. To me, that is a dream come true because I wouldn't trade him for anyone. His reputation precedes him. I know what kind of player he was at Alabama, an All-American. And from what I understand, he comes from a great family. He also coached at the collegiate level for 10 years at Alabama. Then, he coached 17 years in the NFL. So, I believe he knows exactly what it takes to build a winning program."
What was your impression of MSU's new offensive line coach, J. B. Grimes after meeting him in an in-home visit?
"Right from the start, I was very impressed with his deliver, his demeanor. He is a confident man. He's had experience at the highest levels, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M. And he's had success at those stops. I see it continuing at Mississippi State."
He's going to be your son's position coach and the coach that will be watching over your son while he is at State. What is your impression of him not just as a coach but as a person?
"I am very impressed with Coach Grimes. He shoots straight with you. He doesn't sugarcoat anything. He told Jeff what was expected and how he coaches. He coaches loud at times and he coaches a physical brand of football. And that's the kind of coach I want Jeffrey to be coached by. Our whole family was very impressed with not only the coach but the man himself."
I'm curious as to what he said about your son as a football player. Has he seen tape of Jeffrey? If so, what did he say impressed him about Jeffrey?
"He has seen tape and he said he likes Jeffrey's physical brand of play. He mentioned how he liked the way Jeffrey comes off (the ball) and smashes the d-linemen. He thinks that Jeffrey would be a great guard, possibly center, but probably a guard. He asked him what position he would rather play. Jeffrey has played tackle all of his years in high school but he said he had no problem switching to guard. I think that is the direction that Coach Grimes was going anyway."
Didn't Freddie Kitchens visit you guys also?
"Freddie came in for an in-house visit and we sat for about an hour talking to him. He is high on State. He is just chomping at the bit to recruit. He thinks the state of Alabama can become fertile recruiting ground for Mississippi State. And I believe it can, too.
"It is going to be a slow process but I have all the confidence in the world that Jeffrey will get a degree at State and I think he is going to turn into a heck of a football player at State with the staff that Coach Croom is assembling."
Don't you have another son that is a pretty good player?
"Yeah, Andrew is my younger son. He is another lineman. Andrew is a legit 6-4 and is probably 307 (pounds) right now. He will be a senior next year. He is already receiving letters from every school in the south."
Jeffrey Farr Interview:
What did you think about MSU's new coaches J. B. Grimes and Freddie Kitchens?
"Starting with Coach Grimes, I think he is going to do wonders with the offensive line. He knows exactly what he is doing. Coach Kitchens was very upbeat, a lot like Coach Grimes was. Coach Croom is putting together a very class act staff. I am very excited about what is going to happen in the future with Mississippi State. I am glad that I am going to be a part of it.
What did Coach Grimes say he liked about you as a player?
"He said I have good footwork. His philosophy for offensive linemen is not just to stay on the line and block but to go out and find someone to block. He wants them to be very athletic."
What did Coach Grimes and Coach Kitchens tell you about what they expected from Mississippi State in the future years?
"They didn't really go into things about the future. Basically, they talked about the upcoming recruiting class and next season with Coach Croom. They talked about how great of a person he was to play for. When I saw his (television) interview, I could tell he was a devout Christian and a great disciplinarian."
I'm curious about something; have you benched and squatted lately? If so, how much did you lift?
"The last time I maxed on the bench, I lifted 370. On the squat, I had 460 or 465."
Did Coach Grimes talk about whether they were going to redshirt you or play you your first year?
"Coach Grimes said if he could he would redshirt every freshman that came in. He thinks it is an advantage. So, if I'm redshirted I wouldn't be surprised."
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