The last time I talked to Ndamukong, a D-lineman from U.S. Grant HS in Portland, Oregon, he had 10 scholarship offers. That number went up one recently. "I received (Mississippi State's) official offer last week," said Ndamukong, who also said he is expecting an offer from Kentucky any day.
Ndamukong mentioned that he recently had talked to the coach that is recruiting him for Mississippi State as well as the big man himself, Mississippi State head football coach Sylvester Croom. "I just talked to Coach (Guy) Holliday yesterday (Friday). I talked to (Coach Croom) yesterday, as well. They were in a meeting together." According to Ndamukong, that was the second time he had called and talked to Coach Croom.
While he hasn't met Coach Croom in person, his phone conversations have helped him form a positive opinion. "He is a very honest man who sticks to his word," said Ndamukong. "From talking to him, it sounds like he is a very outgoing person."
Ndamukong also told me how highly thought of he is by Coach Croom. "He told me that I was at the top of their board. And if I would go there next year I would be on the second team defense." Being at the top of any college's recruiting board is a great honor. But when you consider that Coach Croom has coached in the NFL for the past 17 years and has seen some of the best defensive linemen in the world during that time, making the top spot on his list is an even higher honor.
While Ndamukong appreciates the honor, he also relishes the opportunity. "I want to try and play my first year."
Ndamukong, whose sister, Ngum, is a senior on the Mississippi State soccer team, has had Mississippi State as one of his top four schools for months. His conversations with Coach Croom reaffirmed those feelings. "It really hasn't changed my opinion (of Mississippi State), they are pretty much real high on my list," said Ndamukong, who plans on majoring in Mechanical Engineering, a field that Mississippi State specializes in.
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