Virges Shuts it Down

The West Point Green Wave will take the field this season with an extremely talented senior class. Two members of that team have elected to continue their playing careers together on the next level. Michael Carr pledged his allegiance to Mississippi State back on junior day. Carr was joined on Friday by defensive tackle Curtis Virges.

Curtis Virges profile

"I committed to Mississippi State," said an excited Virges. "They recruited me real hard during the recruiting process and it's close to home, so my family can come and see me play my home games."

The locale, relationships and overall feel of the program was invitied to the golden triangle standout.

"I like the atmosphere there," said Curtis. "I am pretty cool with all of the coaches. I know most of them personally. They made it feel like a second home. I went to see some other schools, but they never made me feel like Mississippi State did."

Football has been a family affair for the Virges family and Curtis is happy about playing with good friend Michael Carr.

"Mike just said let's go up there and make it happen," said Virges. "Everybody in my family played football. We have a lot of pride in our town. I love dressing out and then wearing my jersey to school on Friday. It's a good feeling. I never thought it would take me this far."

Curtis had the benefit of being recruited by his future position coach and that relationship helped Virges reach a decision a little earlier than he orginally planned.

"Coach Turner and I talk once a week," said Curtis. "He is always checking up on me and seeing how I am doing. He's a good coach. He reminds me of my D line coach at West Point. He wants the best out of me. He wants me to reach my full potential."

There was some debate early in the process that Virges might spend his college career as an offensive lineman, but in the end Curtis will play the position of his choice at defensive tackle.

"I like playing D line because you get to hit somebody," said Virges. "When you hit somebody in the back field, it's a great feeling. I just can't wait to get back on the line and do it again."

Now Curtis will be dropping SEC ball carriers. Virges chose Mississippi State over an offer from Southern Miss.

He marks the seventh commitment for Coach Dan Mullen and his staff for the 2010 signing class.

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