During the past week, I, as well as Gene's Page recruiting writer Charles Johnson, talked to several high school players in Mississippi. The entire interviews either have been posted or will be posted in the next couple of days. Below are the players and the schools they are most interested at this time. Please understand that the schools listed are the ones the players are most interested in (the schools are listed in the order they mentioned them to me). That doesn't mean the schools have shown interest in the youngster at this time. However, schools are just now doing their May evaluations so that could change.
The Columbus HS and Greenville Weston HS kids did not make The Clarion-Ledger top 50 juniors list, but don't let that fool you, they are all top recruits who, in some cases, are already receiving heavy interest from the likes of MSU, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Stanford, Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, and Memphis.
IRON DAWG COMPETITION
53 players made Iron Dawg this year. 6 players - Ray Ray Bivines, Donald Lee, Carter Stanley (walk-on), Terrell Grindle, Slovakia Griffith, Justin Griffith - made Elite Dawg. To make Elite Dawg, a player had to meet the minimum standards on all 7 events (bench, squat, power clean, dips, pull ups, vertical leap and forty yard dash).
36 players lifted over 400 pounds in the bench. Of those 36 players, 9 lifted 450 or more pounds. 44 players lifted over 500 pounds in the squat. Of those 44, 6 squatted over 600 pounds. 30 players ran less than 4.8 in the forty. Of those 30, 5 ran a 4.45 or faster. 54 players jumped 30 inches or higher in the vertical jump. 11 of those 54 jumped 36 inches or higher.
The complete Iron Dawg interview with MSU strength coach Mike Grant will be posted later tonight or Tuesday morning.
I recently talked to a veteran Major League Baseball scout about several Alabama high school players MSU signed during the fall and spring recruiting periods. He is impressed with Jeff Butts, although he feels Butts should go to college first. [Butts, along with signee Brad Corley, are the two players that have the best chances of being drafted high enough to wind up going pro.-Gene] He also mentioned that he likes Brooks Dunn because he knows how to pitch and has a fastball that has been clocked in the mid to high 80's. He also felt that Tyler Jones from Mobile is a very good left-handed hitter who runs well.
When I asked him about the current crop of senior baseball players in the Mississippi high school ranks, he said MSU, if they wanted to win, had to go where the best players were. The talent pool in Alabama is better than the group in Mississippi. He mentioned that the top player in Mississippi this year is Kennard Springer. He also said Stephen Head is a good player. According to the scout, one Mississippi high school player whose status went down is Clay Dirks. Clay, who was the pre-season pick as the top player in the state of Mississippi this year, didn't perform as well as was expected of him.
MARKETING MSU SPORTS
While at the Sunday baseball game, Mike Richey, Assistant Athletic Director - Marketing and Promotions, was kind enough to grant me an interview. I will post the entire interview on my page elsewhere in a day or two. Here are some highlights from the interview.
I have added a second chat room to Gene's Page. It is exclusively for Gene's Page premium site members only. Unlike the other chat room, I will sign up each person. The chat room address will be given out later this week. Please contact me at my email address, email@example.com, if you are interested in my signing you up for the premium chat room.
The chat room also has a users manual I would advise each of you to read. To access it, click here.
It also has a link to a quick reference guide that quickly helps you understand what each link on the chat room does. Click here to access the reference guide.
I hope you enjoy the new chat room.
UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS
Mary Ann has added all of the spring and summer Bulldog Celebration and other MSU events to the calendar that she has been notified of. If you don't see yours on the calendar, please email her at the email address listed below.
If you have a MSU related event coming up and you don't see it listed on the Gene's Page calendar, email Mary Ann your information and she will post it on the calendar. We purchased the calendar for your use, so please don't hesitate using it. Mary Ann's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, that wraps up this week's edition of the Monday Morning Bulldog Coffee Break.
Have a great Bulldog week!
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