MSU WR Brandon McRae Ready to Contribute

Mississippi State walk-on wide receiver Brandon McRae is not your ordinary walk-on. According to what the MSU coaches have said about him, he has the talent to be a major contributor to the wide receiver position during the 2007 season. How did McRae wind up at State?

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Brandon, who was born in Boston, MA, attended high school at Monacan High School in Richmond, VA. From there he attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA where he played defensive back.

After he concluded his prep season at Hargrave, he attended Morehead State University in Morehead, KY of the Pioneer Football League, a non-scholarship NCAA Division I-AA football conference, where he was quickly converted to wide receiver due to his combination of size, hands and speed.

And the move paid off because, as a freshman, he led Morehead in receiving with 28 catches for 361 yards and 1 touchdown. He also rushed the ball two times for 18 yards.

At the end of his freshmen season was when the thoughts of transferring came up and thanks to the recommedation of a former NFL running back, Mississippi State's name was thrown in the ring.

"I trained with my best friend's father, (former NFL standout running back) Stump Mitchell," said Brandon. "He said I don't deserve to be (at a D-IAA school) because I have so much potential. And he knew (MSU head football coach Sylvester) Croom, so he told me about Mississippi State. He said that would probably be a good school if I was trying to go to the next level because I could work with Coach Croom."

So, Brandon decided to transfer. But sitting out a year due to the transfer rule was tough on the talented youngster.

"It was tough, man. I wanted to play so bad and help out the team," said the 6'4" youngster, who has grown from 180 pounds during his season at Hargrave to his current weight of 203 pounds.

And there was also the adjustment of coming down south after living most of his life in the north.

"It has been a great adjustment coming from up north (Virginia) to (Mississippi)," said Brandon. "But it's been good, though, because I've met a lot of (new) friends and I feel like I'm part of the (Bulldog) family. I'm cool with everybody."

But the wait is finally over. He's gone from the scout team to playing for a role in the wide receiver rotation this spring.

"I'm happy and I'm ready to go. I'm just trying to learn the offense now," said Brandon, who will be a sophomore in eligibility next season.

And based on what the coaches think about his ability, the sooner he learns the offense, the better it will be for the MSU football team.

"Right now, I'm just an average guy, but (the coaches) say that I've got the potential to do a lot of big things," said Brandon.

And those big things are?

"The coaches say that I have great speed, hands and quick feet," said Brandon, who also has a vertical leap in the 30+ range. "The fastest time that I have run was a 4.46 out at Arizona. We haven't got tested here."

Now that the sitting is over, what is Brandon's goal for next season?

"I'm hoping to be the best. I want to go against the best and be the best," he said.


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