James Cochran is one of the top offensive linemen in Memphis. He committed to Mississippi State a few days ago. Gene's Page's recruiting writer Charles Johnson caught up with James Tuesday night. James explained why he decided Mississippi State was the best place for him.

When did you visit Mississippi State?
"About three weeks ago."

Why did you decide to commit to Mississippi State?
"First of all, I decided I wanted to be close to home. The real decision was deciding whether I wanted to be close to home, somewhere around home, or not close to home. I only took two visits, one to Mississippi State and one to Memphis. After I narrowed things down, I actually felt I could not have gone wrong with either school. I had gotten to the point where I could not decide, I was in between the both of them. Then, mom said that she liked Mississippi State better, so I committed last week after I visited the University of Memphis. The coaches recruited me to be a center which is what I played in high school. So I am looking forward to coming to Mississippi State and playing center."

Thank you, James.

Charles Johnson is a recruiting correspondent for Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet.

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