Stephen Williams Talks About His MSU Visit

Thurgood Marshall High School wide receiver Stephen Williams talked about his official visit to Mississippi State this past weekend.

Stephen, a very tall and very slim wide receiver from the Houston, Texas area, is a late arrival to the Mississippi State recruiting radar screen. He took his official visit to Mississippi State this past weekend. Gene's Page caught up with Stephen Monday night and got his thoughts on his official visit as well as his thoughts about Mississppi State.

What is your actual height and weight?
"I'm 6-4.25 without shoes and 6-5 with shoes. I weigh 185."

What is your normal forty speed?

What is your vertical leap?
"40 inches."

With a vertical jump like that, do you also play basketball?
"No, they wanted me too, but I didn't want to."

What were your stats this past season?
"I had 40 catches for 875 yards and 7 touchdowns."

How did Mississippi State get involved in your recruitment?
"My coach sent them a highlight film. I guess they saw it and liked it so they brought me up there for a visit."

When did they first contact you?
"About a month after the football season ended."

How did the visit to Mississippi State go this weekend?
"It was just like I was at home over there. Everything was real cool. Mississippi State is in the south, too. And I'm in Texas, so it felt like I was right at home."

Who was your player host at Mississippi State?
"It was Jonathan Lowe."

What were some of the things that impressed you about Mississippi State?
"The players and the coaches. I met a lot of the players. Some schools, the players don't want to talk to you because you are a freshman, but everybody was cool and seemed like they wanted me to come to their school. The coaches made me feel like I was at home and didn't have anything to worry about."

Who is your recruiting coach for Mississippi State?
"Guy Holliday."

Did you get to meet Coach Croom while on your visit?
"Yeah, that was the first time that I had met him. When I first met him, I had a lot of respect for him. I like him a lot because he is going to tell you the truth. He is real, real cool. I like him a lot."

What is the situation with Mississippi State and you at this point as far as offering a scholarship to you?
"They offered a receiver early in the year and they are waiting to see where he commits. They will let me know sometime this week. Coach Guy Holliday is coming to Houston Wednesday to see me again."

How do you feel about that?
"I understand, but I kind of really want to go to Mississippi State."

Who have you set up visits with?
"I visited Toledo the first week (of January), Mississippi State this past weekend and then New Mexico next weekend (January 28th)."

Have any of the schools offered scholarships?
"Toledo has offered me one."

Who are your top teams right now?
"Right now, it is coming down to two teams, Toledo and Mississippi State."

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