Waiting on the Word

Mississippi State welcomed five high schoolers to campus earlier this week when Tyler Russell, Chad Bumphis, Josh Boyd, Fletcher Cox and Jonathan McKenzie enrolled. The news of the early clearances are a testament to the hard work of these students as well as their guidance counselors and school administrators who worked hard to get the necessary information in to the clearinghouse for review.

The five additions bring MSU's total of official reinforcements to thirteen. High schoolers Cameron Lawrence and Sam Watts joined junior college players Sean Brauchle, Heath Hutchins, Pernell McPhee, Maurice Langston, Leon Berry and Chris White as spring semester enrollees.

While the early clearances for the first semester of summer school were a welcomed development, Bulldog fans should be patient about future certifications for the signing class of 2009.

With the first summer session now underway and the deadline for the second session over a month away, the clearances are not of paramount of importance just yet. They will continue to trickle in over the course of the next few weeks.

Throw in the fact that the final ACT testing date of June 13th may be an issue for at least one Bulldog signee and it may be late summer before all of the dust settles on just who does and does not make it.

2009 signees Ricco Sanders and Deontae Skinner are both still working diligently on some coursework to improve their eligibility resumes. While it is doubtful that these players receive certification in time for summer school, we are optimistic about them being deemed eligible for fall football participation.

A trio of Bulldog signees are not expected to be with the team once the full squad reports for fall camp.

Out of state standouts Darius Slay and Mardrecas Hood have enrolled at Itawamba Community College and East Mississippi Community College respectively.

Taylorsville's Billy Hamilton is currently working out for Major League Baseball scouts and is expected to be drafted in next week's amateur baseball draft.

Jess Lanier standout Brandon Heavens appears to be the most doubtful at this point of the remaining cases when it comes to gaining certification for freshman eligibility for the fall of 2009.

The NCAA clearinghouse has not ruled on Heavens' case yet. If he fails to gain clearance this summer, he is expected to enroll at Mississippi junior college.

Mississippi State officials have no comment on non-certified players, but report that no new clearances have been received from the NCAA as of this morning.

The MSU compliance department will receive news of the players' certifications on a case by case basis as the summer rolls on.

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