One Of The Nation's Best Commits to MSU

He could have gone just about anywhere in the nation, but when it was all said and done, Romero Osby, one of the top players in the class of 2008, has decided that he is taking his immense talent to a college just a hour and a half away from his home.

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"I just informed Coach Stansbury and Coach Kirby that I am committed to Mississippi State University," said Romero. "I feel like it's the best situation for me.

"Mississippi State is a winning program, first of all. Second, I have a great relationship with all the coaches, not just Coach Stansbury and Coach Kirby, but Coach Cunningham and Coach Grant, too."

He made his decision Sunday night.

"I made my decision last night," said Romero, who turned down offers from the likes of Kansas, Kentucky, Connecticut, Louisville, Alabama, Texas, LSU and Tennessee to name a few. "I pretty much talked to my parents, my grandparents, my step-father and my step-mother. Everybody had their opinions, but they all said that it has to be his decision because he is the one who has to live with it. And I felt this was the best decision for me."

He had been thinking about making a decision for awhile.

"I have been going back and forth. I've been wanting to do it, not wanting to do it, do it, not do it," said Romero. "But I finally just made up my mind and decided that is where I need to be. I feel like God was telling me to do it. I have a very strong relationship with God. Both of my grandfathers are preachers. I attend my dad's father's church all the time."

The distance also played a significant role in his decision.

"It's just right down the road. It's an hour from Meridian," said Romero. "My mom and everyone else can come see me play. If I had gone to Kansas or somewhere else I wouldn't have had the state support that I will have at Mississippi State."

Considering his family is always present when he plays, it's not surprising that being close to them was one of the main reasons he chose MSU.

"It was a pretty big factor. I had been saying all along that it wasn't, but I have always had the support of my parents," confirmed Romero. "They are always there to watch me play."

Another factor was MSU commitment, Scotty Hopson, also a member of the class of 2008.

"It's a great situation for me and Scotty," said Romero. "We have a great relationship and talk just about every day. He was reeling me on in and I came on in. Now, we are coming in together."

Romero made note of the caliber of athlete that MSU head man Rick Stansbury can bring in now that high schoolers can't go directly to the NBA out of high school. Players like himself and Hopson.

"Coach Stansbury has never really had that (high school) All-American," he said. "Every time he signs one, they always went to the NBA on him. Now, it can't be done anymore because of the rule. Now, he can get the players for at least one year. Imagine what he can do? Imagine what he can do with those players?"

So, what does Romero imagine Coach Stansbury can do with those type players on his team?

"I want to try and help bring the national championship to Starkville," said Romero. "That is one of my goals."

How final is his decision?

"It is pretty much over with because I feel like this is the best decision for me," noted Romero. "I feel like I don't need anything else. Everything is pretty much set in stone."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of Dawgs' Bite, Powered by, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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