Gene's Page recently interviewed Columbus (MS) HS outside linebacker Quinton McCrary (6-2, 204, 4.52). Quinton, who was the defensive player of the year in his region last season, recently committed to MSU over Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, West Virginia, Southern Miss, Memphis and Ole Miss."> Gene's Page recently interviewed Columbus (MS) HS outside linebacker Quinton McCrary (6-2, 204, 4.52). Quinton, who was the defensive player of the year in his region last season, recently committed to MSU over Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, West Virginia, Southern Miss, Memphis and Ole Miss.">

Quinton McCrary Commits to MSU

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/football/2003/quintonmccrary.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="161"> Gene's Page recently interviewed Columbus (MS) HS outside linebacker Quinton McCrary (6-2, 204, 4.52). Quinton, who was the defensive player of the year in his region last season, recently committed to MSU over Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, West Virginia, Southern Miss, Memphis and Ole Miss.

We talked early in the summer and even back then you had a lot of scholarship offers. How about naming the schools that offered you a scholarship during the summer.
"Several schools offered me early, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Southern Miss, Memphis, Florida, (Mississippi) State....and several other schools. They had all seen a lot of junior year tapes and I had made a highlight tape from my junior year. I guess they all decided they wanted to offer me a scholarship after my junior year based on that."

Why did you decide to go ahead and commit to Mississippi State?
"I wanted to go to State because of my mother and my family. I didn't want to get too far from home due to homesickness. I also wanted to stay close to home so that my linebacker coach, Coach Hughes, could come watch me play."

What position did State recruit you for?
"They recruited me for linebacker but I think they will move me to DOG safety because of my size." [Quinton is 6-2, 204 and has 4.52 speed.-Gene]

Does it matter that they may move you to DOG safety?
"No, I love it. It is strong safety that I play now. I cover, so I can play DOG."

Talk about the coaches at State and what you like about them.
"They are great coaches. I went to one of their (summer football) camps and they all were pleased with my performance in the 7 on 7 games. They were very kind to my mother. (MSU head football coach) Jackie Sherrill personally went over to my mother and started a conversation with her. I think that made her feel real good about Mississippi State."

What school came in 2nd as far as your recruitment is concerned.
"Ole Miss came in second because they recruited me the hardest. I pretty much got a letter from every coach on their staff. I even got a letter from the mascot (laugh) whoever that is. But they were too deep at linebacker and I just didn't feel like I had a chance to go over there and play early."

I'm just curious. Mississippi State is kind of in the same boat that your current school is in. Both are 2-4 and both have had quite a few injured players. Did State not having a winning season last year and not doing so well this year play into your recruitment at all?
"No, I'm not worried about their record this year. I look to the future and all the guys they recruited like Jerious Norwood and all the other good guys they recruited last year. In the future, they are going to surprise a lot of people because they are going to be real good. They have a lot of young, good players so I feel like I will fit in."

You mentioned their young players. Does the fact that they are playing so many young players this year make you think you might have a fairly good chance to come in and play right away.
"Yeah, seeing those young guys like (true freshman wide receiver) Tee Milons play kind of gave me an idea that if I go over there and work hard everyday then I will get a chance to play (early)."

Now that you have made your commitment has your recruiting slowed down?
"Even though I have committed to State, (college coaches) still call every night at about 9:30. The phone hasn't stop ringing. It feels good to know that they are still (interested)."

What schools are still calling?
"Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida...mostly SEC schools."

Is your commitment solid?
"It could change, but I think I will end up going to Mississippi State because it is best for me."

Now that you have committed, what do you plan on doing as far as preparing for college football?
"I'm just focusing on getting this season over with and working hard in the weightroom and keep my grades up and work hard everyday."

I appreciate you talking with me, Quinton.
"Yes sir."


Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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