Recruiting Update: CB Derek Pegues

Derek Pegues, who plays quarterback and cornerback for South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi, talked about the coaches that have come to his home for in-home visits and which schools are his leaders.

Derek Pegues Profile

What position are schools recruiting you to play?
"Most of them for cornerback."

What do you want to play in college?

What schools have come in for in-home visits or tried to set up in-home visits?
"Coach Luke from Ole Miss came today (Tuesday). Coach Caldwell will be here tomorrow at 7:30. Thursday, Memphis is supposed to be coming. Next Wednesday, Coach Woods from Alabama is coming in. (Next) Thursday, the coach from LSU is coming in."

Is Mississippi State still in your recruiting picture?
"Yeah, they are in there."

Have they set up an in-home visit?

Have they called you lately?
"Yeah, they called me a week ago."

Which Mississippi State coach is recruiting you?
"Coach Haley."

Have you set up any official visits?
"I've set up two, one to Tennessee and one to LSU. Tennessee is on December 10th and LSU is on January 21st."

Who would you say are you top four or five schools?
"It would probably be LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi State and Michigan."

You mentioned Ole Miss and Memphis as in-home visits. Are they no longer in your top 5?
"No, but they are still up there, though."

At one time you weren't showing much interest in Mississippi State. What has caused them to move into your top 5?
"Because they are showing a little turnaround with the team. They are playing with a lot of spunk and a winning attitude. They have a lot of young guys over there. I feel like I could go in and help them out a lot. And I think Coach Croom is a real good coach."

Do you think Coach Croom is going to turn the Mississippi State program around?
"Yeah, I think in the next couple of years they will be a pretty good team in the SEC."

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