Ok, sometimes we recruiting service guys seem to almost forget about those guys that commit early. And I'm as guilty as the next guy. But while we are calling the recruits that haven't committed, the early commitments are still receiving attention from the guys that really count, the coaches from the schools that they committed to. And in most cases, they receive a in-home visit from the head coach just as quickly as the players who haven't committed. Craig Jenkins, a Mississippi State commitment, is a perfect example. Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom came for an in-home visit the first week coaches could visit.
"Coach Croom came in about a week ago. Probably the 5th (of December)." said Jenkins, who made MAC first-team 5A All-State and The Clarion-Ledger second-team All-State.
Since he had previously committed, the visit was a little different than most. Instead of trying to recruit Craig to play for Mississippi State, Coach Croom mostly answered questions from the Jenkins family.
"Mostly he was answering questions me and my parents had about the school and academics and my scholarship," the 6-4, 340-pounder said.
Did Coach Croom set up an official visit while visiting with the Jenkins?
"I haven't set one up, but (my recruiting) coach (Woody) McCorvey mentioned that it is going to be in January sometime," said Jenkins, a youngster who was selected his team's captain this past season.
While waiting to sign with MSU on the dotted line in February, Jenkins is participating in another sport, powerlifting. Why powerlifting over something like track and field?
"I do it mainly to get stronger for football," said Jenkins, who will play right tackle in college. How did he do last year? "I was really just average. I got fourth in the state. I totalled 1,225, but I had a bad knee, so I plan on going over 1,300 (this year)."
Fourth in the state, average? I don't know what excellent is in the mind of this youngster, but I think a lot of Bulldog fans would settle for what he considers to be "average" when he plays for Mississippi State.
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