DE Andre Wicker Talks About Mississippi State

Booker T. Washington High School defensive end Andre Wicker, one of the top players in the state of Georgia, has over 20 scholarship offers. One of those is from Mississippi State. Find out what Andre thinks about Mississippi State and where he puts them on his favorites list.

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Andre Wicker is no stranger to the recruiting scene or college coaches for that matter.

When asked how many offers he has, Andre said, "there are a lot of them. I probably have 20-something, including Mississippi State, Ohio, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisville, LSU. I started getting offers either in January or February."

And Mississippi State was one of the schools that offered him early.

"Mississippi State was one of my first offers," said the 17-year old. "(MSU assistant) Coach (Guy) Holiday sent me a card in the mail saying that he was going to offer me. I received the written offer later."

And that made an impression on him because, according to Andre, "Mississippi State is my number 1 school right now. Clemson, South Carolina, Louisville, Arkansas, LSU are my other top schools."

What is it about Mississippi State?

"I really like (MSU head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom," the 6-4, 225-pounder said after attending the Mississippi State football camp this past weekend. "He is a really down-to-earth coach. I like the entire coaching staff and the players. The coaches really care about you. And I feel the program is really coming up because of what Coach Croom is doing down there."

While he already had a good feeling about MSU prior to the camp, attending the Mississippi State camp helped him get a better feel about the more tangible things at Mississippi State, such as the facilities, the MSU players and the friendly atmosphere.

"I didn't think I would feel like this once I left the camp," said Andre, who also has camped at Auburn this summer. "But once I left, I felt a lot better (about MSU). I got to see their new facilities and all that is being built. It really felt like home there. I got to know how their program is run. I got a chance to meet some of their players. They impressed me."

Despite being from the big city of Atlanta, he was even impressed with the small town atmosphere of Starkville, home of Mississippi State.

"I like that it is small," said Andre. "It gives you more time to focus on football."

While Andre obviously came away very impressed with everything he saw while at Mississippi State and Starkville, it appears the feeling was mutual, especially from Coach Croom.

"He said I would play a big part in the defense at MSU," said Andre. "He really liked my speed. I will, most likely, wind up playing outside linebacker."

While Andre is excited about what he saw at Mississippi State this past weekend, he's going to take his time as far as the recruiting process is concerned.

"I am going to take all of my visits," he said. "Then, I'll think about it."

Keep it right here for the latest updates on another in a long line of outstanding talent from Booker T. Washington High School, one of the top football programs in the state of Georgia.

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