Was there any one thing that sold you on Mississippi State?
"The people and atmosphere."
When do you expect to report to Mississippi State, the summer or the fall?
"Second semester of summer."
Are you participating in any other sports other than football?
"I might do Church league basketball (laugh)."
That's an old man's sport, Roland.
"(Laugh) Not here, all the teenagers play it here."
What do you think will be the biggest adjustment between high school and college and also college football?
"Everybody that I have talked to from my school that have gone to college have told me that college wasn't that hard, so I don't really know what to expect. I have a feeling English will be just as hard because it is not one of my strong things. But I'm not really that worried about it because of the all the tutors that we are going to have.
"As far as the game itself, probably the speed of the linemen. I'm used to being able to out-quick a lot of linemen when I come off the line, but I don't know how many linemen I will be able to do that to in college. I'm also looking forward to getting in there and gaining some weight."
Was there any one humorous or unusual thing that happened during your recruitment?
"When I was up at Oklahoma State during my recruiting visit, they were showing the highlight film. Well, they were showing a highlight film - and I don't know if this was a freak accident or something - and the first song they played was Hell's Bells. They played that at all the (Mississippi) State games (laugh). I was like dadgum is that my sign (laugh)? I was sitting there like hmmmmm. I didn't say anything to anybody but it was pretty funny. That was like icing on the cake."
What are your hobbies?
"I like to go dove hunting, duck hunting and turkey hunting. I also like hot rodding."
Who has been the most influential person in your life? If more than one, you can mention them all.
What schools did you official visit and who were some you turned down that wanted you to visit?
"Other than Mississippi State, Oklahoma State was the only other one that I went on. I am glad I went up to Oklahoma State because it made my commitment to State that much stronger."
What schools offered scholarships?
"Just State and Oklahoma State. I scared a lot of people off whenever I committed early."
What are your plans for signing day?
"I invited a bunch of my family and friends, guys that I hunt with and do other stuff with. They are going to have a thing in the library, not anything huge. They will have the press there. I am the first Division-I signee from my school, at least for football. We have had some for golf."
Has the internet been a source of information for you during your recruitment?
"Yes, it has. Whenever I had a three-star rating, people would be talking about it. I enjoyed reading the articles and could go back and show people where I was on the internet. People would read it and you would get comments about it. I had a good time with 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.