Was there any one thing that sold you on Mississippi State?
"Really, the first thing I like is how close knit it is, it's not too big or too small, it is just right. It's like where I'm growing up now, Pell City."
When do you expect to report to Mississippi State, the summer or the fall?
"Probably the second semester of summer."
Are you participating in any other sports other than football?
What do you think will be the biggest adjustment between high school and SEC ball?
"The first thing will be adjusting to being away from home. It will be exciting at first but you will be out on your own. Getting adjusted to college life. That is going to be a big thing to adjust to. As far as on the field, I was a big fish in a little pond, but when you go to college you become a little fish in a huge pond."
Was there any one humorous or unusual thing that happened during your recruitment?
"Nothing happen unusual. To me, everything was well planned out, the way that I committed to the previous (MSU) coaching staff and how everything transpired after that."
What are your hobbies?
"Hunting, drawing and lifting weight."
Who has been the most influential person in your life? If more than one, you can mention them all.
"My great grandmother (Pauline Rich). If not her, it would be between her and my parents. She was like the backbone of our family. She died this past Saturday (Jan. 24th). She has help raise me since I was six weeks old."
What schools did you official visit and who were some you turned down that wanted you to visit?
"Middle Tennessee wanted me to come visit the weekend after Mississippi State, but I felt like there was no use since I was set with my commitment. I knew where I wanted to be. Clemson talked to me at one time, Troy State and, I think, Auburn."
What schools offered you scholarships?
"Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee and Troy State. I think Southern Miss was on the verge of offering me before I committed to Mississippi State."
What are your plans for signing day?
"My family from throughout the south is coming to see the signing. That is a big thing to me. My head coach at the high school said he is going to get the entire school to come in and watch the signing at 10 o'clock. After that, he is going to let the football players stay and have a reception."
[I also talked to his mom. She said they are going to get MSU t-shirts and other paraphernalia at the Galleria Mall in Hoover, Alabama.-Gene]
Has the internet been a source of information for you during your recruitment?
"I would have to say yes sir, your page was a factor; the depth you went into on your page. I also checked the official site once before I committed. But, other than that, I haven't really looked at it."
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 email@example.com.