Joseph Birdsong realized early in May that he was well known among college coaches.
The coaches that he talked to really impressed him.
"All the coaches that I have talked to at all the schools are great; Coach Beamer, from Mississippi State, and all the coaches from Vanderbilt are real nice," said Birdsong.
The coaches told him things that they liked about him after watching his film.
"Some of them said they like the quickness of my feet and the way that I play," said Birdsong, who has a meanness on the field that all great offensive lineman have. "I try to play to the whistle and try to knock my man down every single play. That's the only way that you can have fun playing the game."
After attending summer camps at Nebraska and Vanderbilt last summer, Joseph has decided to skip college camps this summer to work out and prepare for the upcoming season with his teammates. He did say that he might attend Auburn's summer camp in July.
While he won't have the advantage of showcasing his skills and ability at summer camps, that hasn't deterred several colleges from offering him scholarships.
"Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Wake Forest have offered (written) scholarships," said Birdsong.
Based upon what his coach has told him, there could be other offers forthcoming in the next few months.
"I have been talking to my coach and he said Alabama, Louisville, UT (Tennessee) and a couple of other schools like Georgia Tech and Clemson have just called about me and asked for film," said Birdsong. "I am excited to see how that works out."
As for what schools are his favorites, he had no problem answering that question.
"I like all the schools that have offered me so far, but I really don't have a favorite," said Birdsong, who plans to take his time before making his final college choice.
After naming those four schools as his favorites, he mentioned the pluses of each school.
"Wake Forest and Vanderbilt both have really good academics,"said Birdsong, an excellent student in the classroom. "I also really like the SEC. Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State are all from the SEC, so that's a plus."
You wonder if living just 5 minutes from Vanderbilt will play a factor in his choice of schools. Joseph, when asked about that, seemed to downplay it.
"I kind of want to get away because I have been living here most of my life," said Birdsong, whose dad played football at Vanderbilt after earning All-American honors in high school. "I kind of want to get away and do other things. But I guess when you are in college, you are away anyway."
Ole Miss and Mississippi State fans also have reasons to be optimistic that their schools will end up with an official visit from Joseph.
"All my relatives are from Memphis and Southaven, Mississippi, so we always sat around and watched the Egg Bowl every Thanksgiving," said Birdsong, who was born in Memphis.
Who were most of his relatives routing for, Ole Miss or Mississippi State?
"It was about half and half," said Birdsong, who has tentative plans on majoring in some aspect of Business. "Most of us weren't routing for either team, but were just watching a good game."
Although his relatives were about half and half in who they pulled for, Ole Miss could have an advantage over Mississippi State.
"A bunch of my friends go to Ole Miss and they say it's a really cool town," said Birdsong, who plans on taking an unofficial visit to Ole Miss in a couple of weeks.
Check back later this summer to find out how his visit to Ole Miss went, how he did at the Auburn camp and other recruiting updates on this very talented young offensive lineman.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher/owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the source for Mississippi State sports on TheInsiders.com sports network on the internet. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.