Nance is Ready to Compete

The Mississippi State Bulldogs hit the recruiting trail hoping to land some seasoned secondary help from the talent rich ranks of the Mississippi Junior Colllege system. The Bullies were able to gain commitments from Jasper O'Quinn and Chris Nance, two of the state's best. The talented duo will be visiting the MSU campus the weekend of January 26th.

Chris Nance repesented North Mississippi in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star game. The talented corner had three pass thefts and 29 tackles in limited opportunities this season. Ironically, Nance originally planned to throw passes for Northeast rather than pick them off.

"I didn't play too much on defense in high school," explained Chris. "I played on third and long some, but that was about it. Northeast recruited me as a quarterback. When I got here that summer, I was the only quarterback here. We had some guys who weren't eligble, so coach came to me and asked me if I could play corner. I told him that I did some in high school. He put me out there and I have been at corner ever since."

Chris soon discovered that he just had knack for the position.

"I like to cover." explained Nance. "I like one-on-one and man-on-man. It's fun. I like the competition and that's the best way to get better."

Chris confesses that he is a bit of a "recruitnik" and that he is excited about the players headed to Starkville with him.

"We have another JuCo corner coming in with me, Jasper O'Quinn. I hear he is a really good corner," said Chris. "I believe he and I can get in there and make each other better. I keep up with recruiting and I am looking forward to getting to know all of those guys."

Nance will get his chance to get to know some of his future teammates when he takes his official on January 26th.

"I am going down there next weekend," said Nance. "I am looking forward to getting to know the players and the coaches. I want to see what the vibe is like on campus and meet new people. I went down there once on an unofficial visit. It's a real nice atmosphere there. I am really looking forward to my visit."

Knowing that he has the opportunity to get on the playing field is a huge source of motivation for Chris.

"Coach Stringer was my recruiting coach," said Nance. "They are expecting me to come in, work hard and try to earn a starting position. That is my goal too. I want to go in there and play."

Other schools have been in contact with Nance throughout his recruitment, but according to Chris his college recruitment is over.

"I am very solid in my commitment to MSU," said Chris. "I am set for the 26th and that's it. I am not interested in anyone else."

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