Commits to MSU

Mississippi State's coaching staff was looking for a big, bruising fullback to replace the two seniors that are about to graduate. And it looks like they got him in the person of Southside (Fort Smith, AR) High School's Ethan Stockett.

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According to Southside High School head football coach Jeff Williams, "Ethan Stockett has committed to Mississippi State."

Ethan has a lot of attributes that the Mississippi State coaching staff was impressed with.

"Ethan is an excellent student. He is 6-2, 250 pounds and runs a 4.7 forty," said Coach Williams. "He bench presses about 375 and squats over 600 pounds and power cleans over 330. He has really good hands and plays fullback for us. And he plays tight end/H-back for us as well. He can be a lead blocker, but he can catch a pass for us, too."

Ethan, who started as a defensive lineman his sophomore year before moving over to fullback last season, was primarily used as a blocker, although he did run the ball about 12 to 15 times and caught 12 to 15 passes.

Ethan talked about his recruitment by Mississippi State.

"Mississippi State probably got involved in my recruiting a month to a month and a half ago. May 1st, they said they were really interested in me and planned on giving me a scholarship," he noted. "And I think it was Tuesday (May 9th) when I got my scholarship in the mail. I was very excited."

It only took a few hours for him to make his decision.

"After I got the offer, I got with my family and we talked about it and we decided it was a good school and a good place to go," said Ethan. "I called (MSU head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom that day and committed. He was happy."

Ethan and his coach pointed out the reasons why he decided to go ahead and commit.

"Them coming at me the first day they could talk to me and then offering me a scholarship almost the first day was a big deal," Ethan said. "And I like the way they use their fullback in their offense."

And according to his coach, "Mississippi State has a good (academic) program that fits with his major. And I think (MSU assistant) Coach (J.B.) Grimes had a lot to do with it. I've known Coach Grimes for a long time. He's a good recruiter and a good coach."

Ethan explained what the MSU coaches liked about him.

"Mississippi State said they like the energy that I bring to the field; how I can hit one guy, knock him down and hit another one," He said. "Blocking is probably my biggest (asset) in football. That was one of the main reasons they said they gave me a scholarship."

He chose MSU over an offer from Tulsa. Several other schools also showed interest in him, but have not offered to this point.

"Arkansas State has shown interest. Arkansas has sent me letters and some Junior Day things, but I don't know about them, though," reported Ethan. His coach also confirmed that Illinois and Oklahoma State is showing interest.

Ethan is MSU's 12th commitment.

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