Steve Mullings, 5-10, 164, Barton County (KS) CC
Steve Mullings, a native of Jamaica, has run the 5th, overall, fastest 100 meters in the world this year, recording a 10.05. He has also run the 11th fastest 200 meters in the world this year (see links below for results). A sure bet to make the Jamaican Olympic team for this summer's Olympics, Mullings chose MSU over all the major track schools in the United States.
How did Mississippi State get involved in your recruitment?
"When I was a freshman at Barton, I watched the NCAA (track and field) tape. I watched (former MSU sprinters) Pierre Browne and Marquis Davis and became interested in the school. I had my sponsor contact the school. They called me back and from then on we talked to each other."
Other than Mississippi State, what other schools were you most interested in?
"TCU, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU, UCLA and Texas."
What schools did you officially visit?
"My first visit was TCU, my second visit was Arkansas, then Tennessee and then Mississippi State. I was going to visit the University of Texas but time ran out."
Considering you had your choice of schools, what was it about Mississippi State that caused you to choose them over all the other schools?
"I watched Pierre Browne from the time he got in school, the time he ran and what they got him down to. I think when he went to the school, he was running a 10.6 (100 meters). And they got him down to something like 9.98. That really caught my interest."
When you went on your official visit to Mississippi State, what were some of the things that you liked about it?
"The warm weather there was like Arkansas, TCU and Tennessee. When I'm talking to (MSU assistant) coach (Steve) Dudley, it's like he's not only a coach but a friend."
How important is academics to you?
"It's very important. I think they are ranked 2nd or 3rd in the SEC overall in graduation levels. That really caught my interest."
What are you going to major in when you get to Mississippi State?
"I think Marketing, but I might change it."
Trell Kimmons, 5-10, 172, Coldwater (MS) HS
Trell is one of the fastest 55, 60, and 200 meters sprinters in high school. Also one of the top power lifters in Mississippi and a solid football player, Trell, a raw talent in track, has run the 3rd fastest 60 meters (6.74) in US high school this year, the 7th fastest 55 meters (6.36) and the 12th fastest 200 meters (21.86). (See link below for complete listings.)
The last time we talked you mentioned that you were going to sign with Mississippi State. Is that still true?
"Yes sir, I am going to sign (with track) Wednesday."
What schools recruited you other than Mississippi State?
"Ole Miss, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and LSU."
Did you visit all of those schools?
"Yes sir." (He visited one or two of them unofficially.-Gene)
Adian Sanderson, Ewing (NJ) HS
Although I haven't interviewed him, Adian Sanderson, an MSU fall track signee, is another high school sprinter who is among the best in the nation. He has run the 2nd fastest 200 meters (21.34), 3rd fastest 300 meters (33.96) and 4th fastest 400 meters (47.76). (See link below.)
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