Chris, where did you go to high school?
"Stone Mountain, Georgia."
What position did you play in high school?
"I played strong and free safety."
Talk a little about your high school career and honors that you achieved.
"I was captain of my team and MVP. I was also All-County and All-State."
When you were in high school, what colleges recruited you?
"Mississippi State, the Arkansas Razorbacks, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Arkansas State and a number of other schools."
What school were you most interested in coming out of high school?
"I always had interest in State but coming out of high school, I was leaning more toward the Arkansas Razorbacks."
What was it about State that you liked?
"Coach Tompkins, his honesty really grabbed me as a person. A lot of schools told me that I was going to be this or going to be that, but he always kept it honest and positive with me. It was just like me coming to Jones, he told me that if I wanted to go to another school (after his JCJC career) my options were always open. I really did appreciate that. I thought a lot of him because of that."
You wound up at Jones County JC. How did you do, stats-wise, last season?
"I did well. I ended the season with 87 tackles, 17 for losses, 1 interception, 6 fumble recoveries and 9 sacks."
Have other colleges shown interest in you while at Jones?
"Yes sir, a lot of schools are writing me since I have been at Jones."
What schools are recruiting you?
"Mississippi State, Arkansas, LSU, Michigan State and the list goes on. I can't think of all of them off the top of my head."
When did you decide to commit to Mississippi State?
"When I went to the spring game and I saw the way everybody was. It was like they were family. It was real. It wasn't like a setup where you go to a school and they try to show you a good time and everybody was all on the uppity-up. At State, they were playing ball, they were arguing, they were going at it and the coaches were being coaches. No one was faking. I like honesty. That is something I can live by.
"Coach Tompkins has shown great, great honesty about everything. He never lied and said I am going to come in and start. Instead, he always said we want you to start, you have a great opportunity to start or your options were open. I really do respect that."
By the way, are you graduating in May of next year or December of this year?
"I'm going to graduate in December."
That about does it, Chris. I've really enjoyed talking with you.
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