Shawn Nelson talked about MSU visit

East Ascension High School defensive end/tight end Shawn Nelson talked about his official visit to Mississippi State this past weekend.

Shawn Nelson Profile:

  • High School: Ascension HS (Gonzales, LA.)
  • Position: DE/TE
  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 215
  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.6
  • MSU Player Host: Blake Pettit
  • Visits: MSU, Southern Miss, La. Tech.
  • Offers: MSU, Southern Miss, La. Tech, La.-Monroe.

    Talk about your official visit to Mississippi State this past weekend.
    "It was great. It was more than what I expected."

    What made it so great?
    "The highlight of the trip was when we went in the locker room and they had the jerseys with our names on them. We actually got the chance to run out of the locker room and on the big screen on the field a picture of us, our name and our position and they did a starting lineup with all the recruits. That was pretty nice.

    "The other thing that impressed me was the facilities. They have some nice facilities over there. Actually, they are about to build another locker room and weight room. I was like for what? The ones that they have are very nice and I don't even think they need another one."

    Who was your player host?
    "Blake (Pettit), a tight end there."

    Did you get a chance to have a one on one conference with Coach Croom? If so, what did you think about him?
    "Oh yeah, I liked him. I had met him before when he came to my home for an in-home visit. He was pretty cool."

    What schools are your final choices?
    "Mississippi State and Southern Miss."

    When do you expect to make your final decision?
    "I don't know. It is pretty hard. I don't know what I am going to do. I'll probably wait until signing day."

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