Mississippi State head football coach Sylvester Croom has said all along that he's looking for playmakers...on both sides of the ball. Well folks, he just received good news from a big-time defensive playmaker.
"I committed to Mississippi State Friday," said Jamon Hughes. "I am very proud of my decision. I thought about it long and hard and I'm excited about helping Mississippi State win some games."
Jamon explained what led to his commitment.
"Mississippi State was involved from the beginning because I wanted to stay in-state the whole time. It was really down to Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Mississippi State and Memphis," said Jamon, who has an offer from Memphis and believes that Ole Miss was close to offering. "What led to my decision was their depth and the type schemes they run. I could see myself fitting into their schemes and helping them win some games next year."
Once he made his decision, it was just a matter of telling the MSU coaches that he wanted to be a Bulldog. He had a plan as to how that would happen, although he made a small adjustment at the end.
"(MSU Assistant) Coach Reed Stringer and Coach Croom came down for a house visit. It went very well. They talked about the daily schedule of a football player and the expectations in the classroom," said Jamon, who also has received an in-school visit from Memphis. "I was planning on committing when they came (for the visit). I thought about it twice while they were here (Friday), but I didn't. I called them later on that evening and told them the good news."
What were their reactions when he gave them the good news?
"When I told Coach Stringer I was like, 'you sure I can't get No. 3?' (Derek) Pegues wears number 3 for Mississippi State," said the 2004 District 4-3A Most Valuable Player. "He said, 'well I have No. 4 for you.' I then said, 'how fast can I get that number 4 Coach Stringer?' He said, 'huh?' I said, 'I'm ready to come play some Mississippi State ball.' He said, 'this is great.' He then gave me Coach Croom's number and I called him. When he answered the phone, I said, 'Coach Croom, I would like to know if I could come play football for you next year?' He was pretty excited and said, 'I'm in traffic and you are about to make me have an accident.'"
And there was good reason for Coach Croom's excitement.
"He said when he saw the film of me, before he even got a chance to show the film to the rest of the coaches, he had made up his mind that he wanted to offer me a scholarship because he likes my passion for the game," commented Jamon. "He said when he watched me he noticed that after every play I am always the first off the ground and that I like to bounce around and like to make everybody else around me better. I try to put some intensity in the game. He said he loved that about me. He loved my serious attitude on the field."
Here's where my statement about him being a big-time playmaker is explained.
"I ended the season with 215 tackles, 91 were solos," said the 6-0, 233-pounder. "I had 196 tackles last season. I also start at fullback."
20 games, 411 tackles; an average of 20.5 tackles a game. And in case you are wondering, during his 4-year career, he recorded a phenomenal 643 tackles.
Jamon explained how he became such a playmaker.
"If you work hard in practice, the game is easy to play," said the youngster, whose official visit to MSU is scheduled for January 21st.
The final question: How solid is his commitment?
"I'm Maroon and White, now," said Jamon.
Need he say more?
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