Pedyfoot will be a busy man this summer.

Jessie has been starting at linebacker for the Vikings since the end of the 2002 campaign. As a junior, Pedyfoot collected 115 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 int's, and 2 fumble recoveries on defense. At fullback, Jessie rushed for 3 TD's. <br><br>  For his play on the field, Pedyfoot was named 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-County by the Vicksburg Post

The following information was revealed during our interview with Mr. Jessie Pedyfoot:

What is your current height, weight, and forty time? "I am 6' 3", 235, and I ran a 4.8 the last time I ran the 40."

Which position are you being recruited on the next level? "Linebacker."

What makes you a good football player? "The people around me make me who I am . That is how I feel about it."

What are your strengths on the field? "I am willing to work as hard as it takes to be a great linebacker. I also encourage my teammates to be the best they can be. I just try to be a team player. Basically that is it."

What do you need to work on for the next level? "I need to work on my speed, to tell you the truth. My bench, I need to get that up. I need to hit the weights hard. And endurance, you can always work on that."

How long have you been starting at Warren Central? "I played a lot my sophomore year, but I did not start until the end of the year. I think it was against Madison Central. I have been starting ever since."

All at linebacker? "Yes sir, but I play some at fullback too."

Do you start both ways? "Not all of the time, but some games I do."

What were your stats as a junior? "My junior year, I had 115 tackles, 81 solos, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, and 1 defensive TD. I also had 3 TD's on offense, but I do not know my rushing numbers."

Which awards did you garner for your play on the field? "I was named 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-County by the Vicksburg Post. In power lifting, I received 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-South State. I was also named Best Heavy lifter at Warren Central."

What are your personal goals for the upcoming season? "As of right now, I just had shoulder surgery. I just want to work hard with the team so I can have another successful season."

What type of injury did you occur? "I tore my rotator cuff last season, but I did not even know about it until I went to the doctor right before I was going up to the Ole Miss camp. He told me it was torn, and I had surgery on it that Monday."

How long will it be before you are back to 100%? "The doctor told me that I would be back for the first game, so I am pretty excited about that. I just do not want to miss any games during my senior season. Everybody wants to go out with a bang. I am no different."

Which schools seem to be the most interested in you? "Right now, I am going to have to say Ole Miss."

What is Ole Miss doing to show you the most love? "All of the schools are doing it, but Ole Miss is sending me hand written letters like every other day. West Virginia is serious too. MSU, USM, and Arkansas are serious too. I get a lot of hand written letters from Arkansas too. And Auburn sends me a much of stuff."

Any offers yet? "No sir, not yet, but I think there will be some when I show them that my shoulder is all the way back."

Did you receive any phone calls during the month of May? "Yes sir, let me look on my cell phone. Here we go. I had Alabama call me, MSU, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, USM, West Virginia, and La Tech. I think that was it."

Who called first? "Coach Hopson called me at like 7:30 in the morning on that first day. I still remember that because I was not even through brushing me teeth yet (laugh)."

Any colleges come to your school in the month of May? "The only two that I know for sure are Ole Miss and West Virginia."

Which coach has stood out the most, at this point in time? "Coach Hopson. He is from Warren Central too, so he knows what is going on. That is who I would like to play for. That is why I like Ole Miss. I feel like I have the best relationship with him, but my options are still open."

Which schools are you keeping a close eye on? "I would say Ole Miss, MSU, Auburn, USM, and West Virginia."


Have you taken any visits to the schools you are interested in? "I was suppose to go up to Ole Miss for their Junior Day, but my ride never showed up. MSU too, but I think I am going to go up to their passing camp this month."

What attracts you to Ole Miss? "From what I know, their whole staff is what I am looking for. They coach them up. And from what I hear, their school is real nice. They also sent me a letter saying they had a contract with Nike, so they wear all Nike. I really like that. Of course, I am already accustomed to their colors, Red, White, and Blue. I am going to have to take a day off to go up up there to see what it is all about."

Have you never been on Ole Miss' campus? "No sir, but I plan to come up to a couple of their games this fall. I might take my mom up there this summer to just check it out for the day. I am not sure yet."

What do you like about MSU? "I like their coaches too. They are real cool. And I liked their field house when I was up there. It is real nice. The field, the cafeteria, dorms, all of it was nice. And I know some of the people who go to school there. They are real cool too."

And USM? "I really have not had time to check their campus out, but I have been on their track. It was real nice."

What about West Virginia? "Oh, I have never been up there, but it would be nice to experience something new."

When you are trying to find the right school for you; what will be the factors? "Just how well I get along with their coaching staff and players. The campus environment will be important too. What position I will play, and how much I am expected to play. I do not expect to play in my first year, but if I do, God bless."

Jessie wants to major in Software Development. Pedyfoot carries a 2.6 GPA and has yet to take the ACT test.


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