"Most of the teams in the SEC showed interest. Georgia talked to me for a while. But the only two teams that truly offered me were Arkansas and State."
Why did you decide on State?
"Arkansas had great facilities. Arkansas' facilities are hard to beat, but Mississippi State is more like home and there are better people around here. I like everyone, the coaches, the guys. It was more my type of college."
You have a unique situation in the fact that your family grew up Ole Miss fans or at least slightly Ole Miss fans?
"Yeah, both of my parents went to Ole Miss. They weren't really strong Ole Miss fans. We weren't religious in going, but we would go to maybe one a year."
Did you have a favorite school while going through the recruiting process?
"Honestly, I didn't have a favorite. Toward the end we were Vanderbilt fans because my brother (Jordan Pettit) went there. We had to cheer him on. Really, I went through the recruiting process holding nothing against any college. I evaluated each college and looked at each one to see which one I liked the best. Honestly, Mississippi State was the one I liked. I was happy and excited to be offered by them."
I know you recently came in and weren't here for the first summer session. What did you do during the first part of the summer?
"I worked out about four days a week. I also spent some time with my friends that I grew up with before we all went our separate ways. I had a good summer and enjoyed being at home, but at the same time I was anxious to get down here (to MSU)."
You are here now and have gone through some workouts. Has it been tough?
"Yeah, it was tough. We ran sixteen 110-yard sprints the first workout. The hardest workout was the next morning when we worked our legs."
Talk a little about your daily routine.
"I have a class from 8 to 9:50 (in the morning). I then workout from 10 to 11. I then go rest and get something to eat. Then I have to be back up here a little before 4:30 and do conditioning drills from 4:30 to 5:30. After that, we get a thirty minute break, then we (WRs, TEs, RBs, QBs) go out and catch balls from 6 to 7."
You are a freshman and all this is new to you, so you really don't know what to expect this coming season. What kind of goals do you have? Also, do you want to play this season or redshirt?
"There are pros and cons to both. Being redshirted will allow me an additional year to get stronger and learn more. Then I will have four good years after this season. But it would also be great to play this year. Either way I will be happy. I just want to do what is best for the team. I'm just going to do my best no matter what. If I get thrown into the heat, I will give my all."
Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at email@example.com.