[Premium article] Bo Baxter is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound fullback/tight end/linebacker from Tupelo High School. A member of The Clarion-Ledger's Top 40 Recruits list, he has helped lead his team (7-3) into the Mississippi high school playoffs. Their three losses have been to Starkville, Horn Lake and Columbus. They play tonight in the first round of the playoffs. If they win, they will play the winner of the Vicksburg vs. Warren Central game on the road.

Although Bo is known more as a fullback, he has played some linebacker this year. "I played just about the entire game at linebacker against South Panola," Bo said when asked about what positions he has played this season. A 4.7 runner in the forty, he has a little over 300 yards this season after rushing for over 700 yards last season. The emergence of a junior tailback and his own blocking development have been the two primary reasons for the lower yardage. "We have a tailback who has over 1,100 yards this season," Bo commented. "I just lead block. I mainly block this year."

Bo is presently benching 280 pounds which is down from earlier. "Playing baseball has kept me from increasing my bench," Bo said. "I am squatting between 515 and 530 pounds."

As far as his recruiting is concerned, Bo told me that he is receiving calls from, "Ole Miss, (Mississippi) State and Southern (Miss). Auburn has called me and continues to call my coach. Vanderbilt recruited me early." When asked which school or schools were showing the most interest, he said, "Ole Miss has called more than anybody else. State called once a week the first four weeks but that has kind of ceased the past four weeks. I went to State and talked to Coach (David) Wilson (MSU's Director of Football Operations) and he said that they were still interested and to be patient."

When asked if any of the teams calling him have discussed a possible official visit, Bo said that, "Ole Miss has but we haven't set up a time due to them still playing football. Southern Miss is waiting for me to come in for an unofficial visit before they decide about an official visit. (Their coach) wants to meet my family. They are so far away from home that I haven't been able to go."

Even though he hasn't unofficially visited Southern Miss, Bo had made several unofficial visits to other colleges this season. "I have been to State twice, Ole Miss once and Vanderbilt one," Bo said.

Having Ole Miss recruiting him so heavily has been a unique experience for Bo because he and his family are Mississippi State fans. "We are (Mississippi State) season ticket holders," commented Bo. "All my uncles and aunts are alumni of the school. It is kind of strange but watching that seven overtime (Ole Miss vs. Arkansas) game kind of got me fired up. Next year, I could be wearing that uniform. It is a fun situation. I'm keeping my options open."

Don't be surprised if you hear about another Baxter football player in the near future. Bo has a younger brother, Ben, who is a freshman quarterback for the Tupelo freshman football team. Ben is 6-foot-2, 180 and starts on the freshman team. "Ben is more skinny than I am," said Bo. "He could get taller. He is real fast. If he fills out he could even wind up being a free safety or wide receiver."

[NOVEMBER 10TH UPDATE: Since I did this interview, Bo has received a call from MSU's Sparky Woods. The coaches at MSU saw a highlight film of him and are now very interested. Coach Sherrill has yet to see the film but should soon. - Gene]

Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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