Juco Tailback Dantrell Savage is a Playmaker

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College running back Dantrell Savage is proving to be a playmaker this year. And five schools have taken notice of his playmaking skills.

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"Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and the University of Memphis are all calling me," said the speedster. "Alabama is sending me a lot of letters."

Has any school or schools showed more interest than the others?

"Oklahoma State has been calling me the most," said the 5-9, 195-pounder. "Memphis has called me a couple of times. Mississippi State and Ole Miss started calling after our third game. After we beat Pearl River, that's when a lot of coaches started calling. I think I had 140-something yards and I scored 3 times, although one was called back."

One of the colleges that started showing interest after the Pearl River game was MSU.

"Mississippi State started showing interest in me after the Pearl River game," said Dantrell, who, according to the official NJCAA website, is second in the nation with over 146 yards rushing per game. "Their coach, (MSU head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom, had come to our practice and talked to our coach. My coach told me that they are looking for a back that can hit the hole and gain 5 or more yards. Really, a back that can take it to the house."

As for scholarship offers, Dantrell said, "my coach told me that all four of the ones that have been calling me have offered."

When asked what schools are at the top of his list, he said, "I would probably say Oklahoma State because they are calling me a lot and sending me a lot of letters. I would also say Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Memphis."

What does he know about each of his favorites?

"The only thing I know about Oklahoma State is that Barry Sanders went there and he was a great running back when he got to the NFL," said Dantrell. "I really don't know anything about Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Memphis. I have two friends that go to Mississippi State, Brad Horton, a linebacker there, and Jonathan Lowe, he plays running back, and returns kicks and punts. I played football against them and ran track against them. I also like their campus. The one or two times I visited (Mississippi State) my 11th grade year in high school I saw the campus. It's pretty nice."

Has he set up any official visits?

"The only official visit that I have set up is with Oklahoma State on December 9th," said Dantrell. "The others are talking about official visits after the season is over. Ole Miss has said they are going to set up a visit. And, I think, Mississippi State have said that they are going to set up a visit, too."

He explained what the coaches recruiting him like about him.

"The coaches have said that they like that I fight for every yard that I can get," he said. "I work for my yards. I keep my feet and keep on running."

Although none of the coaches have mentioned it to him, he would also like to run track on the next level if the possibility is presented to him.

"I would definitely like to run track with the college that I sign with," said Dantrell. "None have talked to me about it, but I do love track."

And not only does he love it, but he's very, very good at it, too.

"In track, I ran the 100 meters, the 110 hurdles, the long jump and the 4x1 relay team," he said. "My best (100 meters) time at a regular track meet was a 10.2. That was on a real good day. But at the (Georgia) State (Championship) Meet, I ran 10.7. I came in second after doing all my other events. I was really focused on the 110 hurdles. I ran a 14.1 or 14.2 in it, but I slipped coming out of my block and fell. I came in second. My best in the 110 hurdles is 13.2."

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