Blake McAdams Talked About His Commitment to MSU

Consensus Tennessee All-State punter Blake McAdams explained why he chose to commit to Mississippi State after originally committing to Ole Miss.

Blake McAdams Profile

The last time we talked, you were still committed to Ole Miss, but were talking to a few other schools. Why did you decide to decommit from Ole Miss and commit to Mississippi State?
"After they had the coaching change at Ole Miss and got rid of (head) Coach Cutcliffe, I decided to start listening to other people again and get back into the recruiting process. A lot of the reason I committed to Ole Miss was because of Coach Cutcliffe. My dad played for him (at Tennessee) and I had known him for awhile. He is a good man and has all the characteristics of a good coach. I thought that I would fit in good there, but when they made the coaching change, I didn't know the (new) coaching staff as well. I had gotten to know the coaching staff at Mississippi State, so I got in touch with them and got their feelings on me. I just felt more at home with them, so I thought I would come in and fit in quicker."

Didn't other schools show interest in you other than Mississippi State and Ole Miss? Why State over them?
"Alabama and Memphis did, but State told me that I could come in and play a lot of defense as well as punt and hold. That was another big reason (I chose them)."

When did you let Mississippi State know that you had committed to them?
"I let them know (Sunday). I called (MSU assistant) Coach Beamer. He told (MSU head) Coach Croom and Coach Croom called me and talked to me. He was very excited about it."

When will you take your official visit to Mississippi State?
"The 14th (of January)."

Are you going to take any other official visits?
"No, that's it."

On a more personal level, how did you do this past season as a punter?
"I averaged a little bit over 43 yards per punt with a hang time of between 4 and 5 (seconds)."

How did you do as far as honors?
"I made three (Tennessee) All-State teams. The AP has an All-State team for all classifications (in the state), and one for each classification. I made both of those as a punter. Then, I made the coaches All-State team as a punter. I also made the Region 7-3A Player of the Year for the second straight year and was the All-West Tennessee Special Teams Player of the Year. I was one of the three Mr. Football finalists as a back for the 3A classification. That includes offensive and defensive backs."

Obviously, you are a great punter. Did the MSU coaches say you would be able to come in and start your freshman season?
"They told me that it's my job to compete for and try to win. They said that I would have a good shot, but I would have to compete for it."

You are a pretty good baseball player as well. Are you going to attempt to play baseball at Mississippi State?
"Yes sir, I am. I talked to the Mississippi State coaches this summer. During my official visit, I'm going to get with them and talk about it some more."

What position are you going to try out for?
"More than likely, I think it will be the outfield."

Stay tuned for another Blake McAdams update after he takes his official visit to Mississippi State.

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