"Hey, how are you doing? I'm kind of out of breath right now. I've been doing some pushups."
I'll let you catch your breath.
Did you come by yourself on your visit to Mississippi State this past weekend?
"My parents (Henry M. and Jeanette Shurden) came with me."
Who was your host?
What did you do Saturday?
"We got up and ate the Continental breakfast at the hotel, then Coach Sherrill came by and picked me and my parents up. We went to his office and he sat down with us and went over the scholarship and his plans for me. He pretty much laid it all out for us.
"From there, we went to the dorms and talked with (MSU football academic advisor) Ann Carr. She went over the academic information and study hall. She let us know very quick that if we weren't doing what we are supposed to be doing, then she will report it to the coaches. You better be on your toes."
That was probably not a problem for you because you are a good student, aren't you?
"Yes sir. That is one thing I want to tell you. I found out today that I got Valedictorian."
"They told me this morning that I was number 1 out of 133 students."
That is great, Scott! I bet it was tougher achieving that than it was to be a great football player.
"They were both tough, but I worked hard for both."
What did you do Saturday afternoon?
"We ate at the Courthouse Grill, then went to the Bryan Building where the coaches' office are. We toured it. Then we had some free time and went back to the hotel. From there, we went to the basketball. After that, we had dinner at the stadium in the club level area. It was very nice up there. I see now why it cost so much to sit up there. After we were through there, Kyle and I went out."
Did you hang out with just Kyle or did you hang out with some other players as well?
"It was me and Kyle and we met up with Will Prosser. We hung out with him most of the time."
What did you think about Kyle and Will?
"I like Kyle a lot. He is a good fellow. He is a lot like me. Will is a pretty good guy, too. I was impressed with his size. He is a pretty big guy."
Did you get to meet any of the other recruits?
"I got to meet Jared McGowan and Timmy Duckworth. They were both big. Jared weighed 316 pounds."
What did you think about Jared, physically?
"Physically, he was very impressive. His shoulders were really broad. His shoulders were a lot broader than Timmy Duckworth's."
What did you do Sunday?
"We got up and ate at the campus cafeteria. We ate a lot. The mommas like that because they want to know that their babies are eating good. After that, we went and met with (MSU strength coach) Mike Grant and (MSU athletic trainer) Paul Mock. We then went back to the Bryan Building and went home."
Was there something that stood out about the visit?
"They had jerseys with our names on them. That was very impressive. We took a picture of it. That was very nice."
What did your parents think about the visit?
"They liked it a lot. The thing that impressed my dad the most was something he learned while talking to Dicenzo Miller, Kevin Fant and Justin Griffith. We had a little meeting with them and Justin told us about one of the players getting injured and not being able to play football any longer. Coach Sherrill made sure he kept his scholarship until he graduated. Kevin Fant also said he wanted to go to a place where if he got hurt and couldn't play football he would still be happy. That was something else that impressed us. We had a good meeting with those guys. I really liked Justin Griffith. He seemed to be a real good, Christian man."
I guess you are getting pretty excited because signing day is only 9+ days to go?
"Yes sir, actually signing day is on my birthday, February the 6th. It looks like I will have a happy birthday.
"Oh, something else. I think I will be enrolling this summer and go through the weight program and the Compound (Mike Grant has an obstacle course the players go through during the summer class he teaches. That is the compound that Scott was talking about.)"
I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me tonight, Scott.
Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.