Defensive End Rodney Prince Commits to MSU

I'm sure Mississippi State head football coach Sylvester Croom and assistant coach Freddie Kitchens had smiles on their faces after hearing what Shades Valley High School (Irondale, AL) defensive end Rodney Prince had to say to them Sunday night.

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"I committed to Mississippi State (Sunday) night," said Prince. "My family and I talked it over and we really thought it is a good place that would be a good environment for me and that (MSU head) Coach (Sylvester Croom is a good guy."

He explained how he went about committing to State. How it happened almost appeared to be an omen.

"We were going to call Coach Kitchens (and commit), but he called us about 10 minutes before we were going to call him," said Prince. "He was very excited after I told him. He told me that I had just made his day."

Prince, a speedy 6-3, 230-pound defensive end, is a guy that Mississippi State had recruited hard from the time they could begin recruiting him. And they showed it by offering him early in the recruiting process. They, along with Southern Miss and Troy, were the first to offer. Since then, two more colleges have joined in and three others appear to be close to offering.

"I got an offer from East Carolina and Memphis sometime last week," said Prince, who had 120 tackles, 10 sacks and 5 pass deflections as a junior. "Auburn, Clemson and Arkansas are also showing strong interest in me."

Now that's he's committed to State, an official visit is next on the agenda.

"I haven't set up an official visit, but we plan on visiting this Saturday or next Saturday," said Prince. "My dad talked to Coach Kitchens (Sunday) and told him we would make it down one of those two weekends."

Prince is MSU's 12th commitment. That list includes two players who have committed to sign in December, wide receivers Nick Kyles and James Lewis.

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