Nance Talks About His MSU Commitment

Northeast Mississippi Community College cornerback Chris Nance (5-10, 190, 4.5), arguably one of the top three cornerbacks in the Mississippi juco ranks, talks about his commitment to Mississippi State. NEMCC offensive coordinator David Wilkerson and Miss. Gulf Coast CC head coach Steve Campbell also give their opinion of Chris.

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"I'm committed to Mississippi State," said Chris. "I committed to (assistant) coach (Reed) Stringer and (head) coach (Sylvester) Croom. They were very excited about me coming down and playing ball for the Bulldogs, very excited."

He chose Mississippi State over an offer from the University of Troy and recent interest from Arkansas.

"Arkansas came to my school about two weeks ago and took the Itawamba film with them and said they were going to get back with me," said Chris, who will graduate in May. "I also had an offer from Troy, but I think they locked onto another corner and they were trying to recruit me as a receiver. But I prefer to play defensive back, special teams and return punts."

He's set up an official visit with Mississippi State in late January.

"I have an official visit the last week in January. I think it's the 26th, 27th and 28th," confirmed Chris.

Although he played cornerback both years for Northeast Mississippi Community College, he was primarily a quarterback in high school.

"I played quarterback in high school and led my team to two (4A) state championship games," said Chris. "I didn't play much defensive back except on 3rd and long situations. My sophomore year I started at corner because we had a pretty good quarterback. Northeast really recruited me as a quarterback. When I first reported to Northeast I was playing quarterback but we had a bunch of guys who were ineligible so we were short on the depth chart. Coach asked me to play defense. And ever since that day, I've been playing defensive back."

And based on the opinion of a couple of Mississippi junior college coaches, he not only has the talent but he's backed up that talent with his play the past two years.

"Chris has tremendous quickness, footspeed and has great hip flexibility," said Northeast Mississippi Community College offensive coordinator David Wilkerson. "Plus, he is a great person and has great parents. He is a high character kid who will fit in at Mississippi State well."

One opposing junior college coach has liked Chris from the first moment that he saw him.

"I think he is a PLAYER. I've been telling everybody that I see that Chris Nance is a great football player," said Mississippi Gulf Coach Community College head coach Steve Campbell. "We were watching his freshman tape and everybody was talking about the kid that had committed to Alabama (Michael Ricks), but the kid that kept showing up to me was Nance. He was making interceptions and knocking the fool out of people. The kid is very physical and he plays the ball well in the air. He will go up and get it. When we played them we weren't going to throw it his way because he was too good on film. Going into our game against them I was worried about Nance."

Now the coaches that will be worrying about Chris Nance will be the Southeastern Conference head coaches and offensive coordinators.

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