MSU Commit Rodney Prince Update

Shades Valley High School (Irondale, AL) defensive end Rodney Prince, a Mississippi State commitment, talks about his commitment to MSU, his family's visit with Coach Croom and two new scholarship offers.

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First things first: Is Rodney still strongly committed to Mississippi State?

"Yes sir, I am," he said.

And his parents couldn't be happier.

"My mom said they prayed about it and they really think that Mississippi State is the best place for me," Rodney said.

And Rodney had other choices, a lot of them, in fact.

"I have offers from Mississippi State, UAB, Memphis, Southern Miss, Clemson, Arkansas, East Carolina and Troy," he said.

New to the offer list are Clemson and Arkansas. Rodney talked about both schools.

"Arkansas, after their coaches stopped by in the spring, has really been calling me ever since, but they couldn't really pick up the calling until a few weeks ago," he noted. "They were calling (his coaches) on a regular basis and they came by the schools a few times and talked to (his coaches). Clemson also calls an awful lot."

Despite his solid commitment to MSU, are any of the other schools continuing to call him?

"Clemson is mainly the only one still calling me," Rodney said. "They call me about once a week."

Rodney received his in-home visit from MSU head man Sylvester Croom less than a week ago.

"Coach Croom and (assistant) Coach (Freddie) Kitchens came by this past Sunday," said Rodney, who plans on taking just one official visit, to MSU on January 20th. "Coach Kitchens had to go with (assistant) Coach (J.B.) Grimes to another recruiting area, so he dropped Coach Croom off and Coach Croom went to church with us. Then, he drove back home with us and he sat down and talked to my mom, dad and me."

What did his parents think about Coach Croom after meeting him?

"They have always been impressed with him," said the 6-3, 230-pounder.

Look for another Rodney Prince update in about a month.

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