"I have a good relationship with their coaches," said Kedrieck Gibbons. "Coach Dudley and I had a real good relationship out of high school. I have a chance to have good coaching. By being at State, I know that everybody in my family can come see me run. And they are building a new track. I saw the plans for the new (multi-million dollar) stadium. I have a girlfriend up there, and it will give us a chance to be even closer."
This was a hard-fought battle with several other high profile track schools.
"LSU, Arkansas, Oregon, UCLA, Alabama, Tennessee came after me pretty hard," said Kedrieck. "I had offers from all of them."
And why was he such a hot commodity?
"They said that I have the potential to be a national champion and a record-setter," said the 6-0, 164-pounder.
And based on his high school and junior college performances, you can understand why they told him that.
At Hinds, Gibbons has had personal records of 13.90 in the 110-meter hurdles and 23-11 in the long jump. During the indoor season, he placed eighth in the 60-meter dash at the National Junior College Athletic Association's national championship. He also set an NJCAA meet record in the 60-meter hurdles (7.87).
A standout in both track and football at Natchez (MS) High School, Gibbons, a four-time captain on the track team, earned the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame's PopStar Award.
He joins Trell Kimmons, one of the nation's premiere 100 and 200 meters sprinters, as MSU signees. He and Kimmons are roommates at Hinds. MSU is expected to sign between 8 and 11 more track stars during the early signing period.
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