[Premium article] Caledonia HS tight end Dezmond Sherrod (6-4, 225, 4.8) is considered one of the top tight ends in Mississippi this year. Gene's Page caught up with him a couple of days ago to see how his season has gone and how recruiting is going. As you will see by the interview, recruiting has really heated up for Dezmond."> [Premium article] Caledonia HS tight end Dezmond Sherrod (6-4, 225, 4.8) is considered one of the top tight ends in Mississippi this year. Gene's Page caught up with him a couple of days ago to see how his season has gone and how recruiting is going. As you will see by the interview, recruiting has really heated up for Dezmond.">

Caledonia HS TE Dezmond Sherrod

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/football/2003/dezmondsherrod.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="160"> [Premium article] Caledonia HS tight end Dezmond Sherrod (6-4, 225, 4.8) is considered one of the top tight ends in Mississippi this year. Gene's Page caught up with him a couple of days ago to see how his season has gone and how recruiting is going. As you will see by the interview, recruiting has really heated up for Dezmond.

Dezmond, I'm just calling to get an update on how your season is going and how recruiting is going. How have you done stats-wise this season?
"I don't know how many yards or catches I have, but I have 4 touchdowns. I was out a couple of games because I had a sprained ankle."

When did that happen?
"Against South Pontotoc in the first quarter."

I know you said you don't know how many catches you have made during the season, but do you know how many you caught the last game in addition to the two touchdown receptions that I read about in the newspaper?
"One."

So you caught three in that game?
"Yeah."

I saw you in a game earlier this season. Don't you also play defensive end?
"Yes."

Are you a starter at defensive end?
"(My last game) I wasn't the starter because I am still sore due to my ankle (injury). It is a high ankle sprain and it takes longer (to heal). I asked my coach to put me in and he put me in for the remainder of the game."

Before you sprained your ankle, were you playing defensive end full time?
"Yeah."

Off the top of your head, do you know how many tackles you were averaging per game before you got hurt?
"Probably about 5."

Switching over to recruiting, what colleges are calling you?
"Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Marshall University, West Virginia University and Southern Miss."

I've read somewhere that Memphis is also calling you. Is that correct?
"Memphis hasn't called me."

About how often are the different schools calling you?
"Ole Miss' tight end coach, Coach Luke, calls about once a week. Marshall and West Virginia don't call as much. I hear from them every now and then. I hear from State about once a week. Southern calls about once every two weeks."

It sounds like the two that are recruiting you the hardest are State and Ole Miss?
"Yeah."

Have you set up any official visits?
"Yeah, I set up an official visit with Mississippi State in January."

Do you know when in January?
"I think January 10th through the 12th."

Who called and set it up?
"(MSU offensive coordinator) Coach Sparky (Woods)."

Have any of the others starting talking to you about setting up an official visit?
"Marshall was talking about it before but that was more like after the season."

Have you received any scholarship offers?
"Marshall has. They sent a letter. West Virginia told me and my coach that they have offered me but I haven't seen a letter. Mississippi State has also offered me. I got the letter Thursday (Oct. 24th)."

[Since this interview, Dezmond has received an offer from Ole Miss.-Gene]

I didn't know Mississippi State had offered you. What did you think when they offered you?
"My mouth dropped to the floor. (laugh)"

With so many offers, what are your thoughts right now?
"I just want to keep my options open right now."

I guess this is pretty exciting, especially since Caledonia High School has rarely had a football player that was recruited as heavily as you have been?
"It is real exciting. I am a little overwhelmed. I just didn't think all this stuff would happen."

You mentioned that you have five teams calling you. Have you narrowed it down to maybe 2 or 3 that you are most interested in?
"Yeah, I've narrowed it down to Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama."

You didn't mention Alabama as a team that is calling you.
"They've sent a lot of letters. My coach and I went over to the game when they played Ole Miss. They have a few scholarship left, maybe 5. My coach told me that their tight end coach is not optimistic about their tight end (recruit) making his requirements on the ACT. Plus, their tight end coach wanted to know if I had any offers. My coach told them I had one from Mississippi State. (Their TE coach) said they are still looking at me."

What do you like about each of those schools?
"There are different things I like about each school. I know Ole Miss has a good academic background, especially in the medical field. And that is something that I might look into. I'm from Columbus (Caledonia is about 5 miles from Columbus) and most people in Columbus are Mississippi State fans, so I kind of grew up around Mississippi State. They are the hometown favorite. Alabama has an excellent football team."

Are you planning on going to a college football game this weekend?
"My dad wants to go to Ole Miss when they play Auburn (this weekend)."

I know you are an excellent student. If I remember correctly, you are about an A student. How have you been doing this year?
"This past nine weeks, my lowest average grade was a 95. That was in Physics."

Good gosh a mighty! That is great, Dezmond. Obviously academics are important to you. What are you going to major in in college?
"I'm thinking about pharmaceuticals, athletic training or physical therapy."

I'm excited for you Dezmond. I appreciate you talking to me.
"Thank you."


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