If you've kept up with Keith Fitzhugh, a very highly recruited cornerback who committed to Mississippi State early in the recruiting process, you know his intentions have always been that he would be graduating early and attend the spring semester with whatever school he signs with. Is that still the case?
"(Friday) is the last day," said Fitzhugh, ranked the 24th best DB in the nation. "Basically, I'm through. All I have to do is get my final grades to the (National) Clearinghouse and let them clear me and I'm there. I'm ready to come (to Mississippi State)."
When does he expect to be at State?
"The 10th (of January), but I'll be down there the 7th," said the 5-10, 185-pounder.
Will he sign in the December signing period or sign in February?
"My scholarship will take effect when I get down (to State), but I'm going to sign in February when everybody else signs," said Fitzhugh, who chose the Bulldogs over numerous other schools, including most of the SEC. "I will come back home to my school and sign my letter of intent."
Like so many of MSU's top recruits, MSU head coach Sylvester Croom took little time in visiting Fitzhugh once he could visit recruits in-home.
"(Coach Croom) came December the 3rd," said Fitzhugh. "He and (MSU offensive coordinator) Coach (Woody) McCorvey stayed about two or three hours. We talked about the team and how the next few years we will be fighting for an SEC Championship and that he is trying to recruit one of the best classes that Mississippi State has ever brought in. That was two of the main things we talked about. And Coach Croom likes to kid and play around a little bit, too."
Fitzhugh, who is being recruited to play cornerback at State, may also get the opportunity to play two positions at State.
"Coach Croom said we aren't getting as many receivers as he really wanted, so he said I might have to play a little receiver, too," said Fitzhugh, who played both positions in high school. "I kind of like that. I can play receiver, also."
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