How did you visit to Mississippi State go this weekend?
"It went real good. I liked the college town atmosphere. Everything is focused on that one college. I liked the surroundings. I also liked that they stressed my major, computer science. I got along real good with Coach Croom, real good with Coach Croom."
What was it about him that you liked so much?
"He is so straight up and tells you the truth about everything. I know that I can learn a lot from him."
When did you first meet him on the visit?
"When I got there Friday, I went up to my room at the hotel. I was coming back down and met him in the elevator. I thought I recognized him and he asked me if I was Darrell Strong and I said yes. We talked the whole time."
When did you have your one on one conference with Coach Croom?
"Saturday, but he is coming down, I think, Wednesday(for an in-home visit)."
Talk a little more about your visit. What did you think of the players?
"I've been on several visits and I think Mississippi State's players had the strongest camaraderie of them all. I didn't think they would be like that when I went down there because they only won a few games last year. I thought they wouldn't be getting along, but they still had a strong bond."
What schools have you visited other than Mississippi State?
"Pittsburgh and Auburn."
Are you going to visit anyone this weekend?
What coaches are coming in for in-home visits this coming week?
"Coach Tuberville from Auburn and Coach Harris for Pittsburgh."
Name the major schools that you have scholarship offers from?
"Pittsburgh, Mississippi State, Auburn, Temple, Eastern Michigan, Boston College, Lafayette, East Carolina and the University of South Florida."
Do you have your list narrowed down to a couple of teams?
"I'm still at those four."
What are you looking for in a college?
"I'm looking at the surroundings of the school, my major at that school and what their graduation rate is."
Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.