Was there any one thing that sold you on Mississippi State?
"Coach Croom, Coach Croom solely, by himself, single handily sold me on Mississippi State. Not just Mississippi State but he sold me on himself. With him being a part of Mississippi State, I was sold on Mississippi State. He is the reason that I am coming. Plus, he and Steve Dudley (the MSU track coach). It was completely even between Mississippi State and Auburn. Everything I wanted in a school both had, playing in the SEC, having a chance to come in and compete early, be able to work out with the track coach, close to home. Everything was just perfect (at both), but I liked Coach Croom better."
When do you expect to report to Mississippi State, the summer or the fall?
"Either the first session or second session of summer, so I can have time to make sure I have everything settled."
Are you participating in any other sports other than football?
"Most definitely track. I run all the sprint events."
What do you think will be the biggest adjustment between high school football and college football?
"The demand of the sport, the hours you will have to put in it."
Was there any one humorous or unusual thing that happened during your recruitment?
"There was not just one thing. When I got to (Mississippi State) I was by myself and I was getting attention, but it was different, it was different than what I was used to. And I liked it. I felt comfortable with it. I felt that they wanted me and they respected me a lot. It was pretty much like when I am at home. There is no one certain thing that I like in my house. When I walk in, things are just right. When I sat down in their couches, it felt like my body was curved to it, just like it is at home. When I talked to Coach Croom, it was like I was talking to my uncle. I can't say my father, but it felt like I was talking to my uncle." (Corey's father passed away a few months before Corey was born.-Gene)
What are your hobbies?
"I guess having fun. I love having fun. I like enjoying myself and learning at the same time, kind of like going to the museum or art center."
Who has been the most influential person in your life? If more than one, you can mention them all.
"There are so many people. The community has influenced me. A lot of them are my peers that I see in the hallways that have changed significantly and are doing a lot with their lives. Last night, I actually made a speech at a Southwest Benjamin E. Mays High School reunion. We were trying to make money and I was a spokesperson for it."
What schools did you official visit and who were some you turned down that wanted you to visit?
"I visited Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Mississippi State and Auburn. I was supposed to visit Duke on the 23rd and I had something set up with Ohio but changed that to Mississippi State."
What schools offered scholarships?
"Those four, of course. And Duke, Ohio, Northwestern, Clemson; there were so many it's hard to remember all of them."
Has the internet been a source of information for you during your recruitment?
"Man, the internet was the recruiting. That's all it was. That's what I'm on all day reading about who they have getting in this week, what's the news on what this player is thinking about doing. What players they are recruiting at your positions. What do the schools have to offer, what does the surrounding area have to offer. There was so much the internet could help you with."
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.