"This is like a dream right now," stated the always personable, Alonzo Lawrence. "Playing South Panola, they won all of those games, like 73. They have Tig (Darius Barksdale), he is the like the number one player in the state, maybe the country. It is a big game for us. The biggest in school history. If everyone does their job, we will win. We want to break the streak and make history."
Lawrence has lived up to his reputation this season as he has hauled in 26 passes for 632 yards and 8 TD's, 81 tackles, 3 sacks, and has also returned 5 kickoffs and 1 punt return for a TD.
It looks like a new school has taken notice.
"Tennessee just called today. They said
they had an open WR slot and wanted to know if they had a chance. I told them
that they did, and they are coming by on thursday to see me. Coach (Matt) Luke
is the one calling me for them."
One more SEC school also came by the school this week to see Lawrence.
"Alabama came by the other day and MSU is coming by this week."
Another school that has been in the running for Alonzo's services, Ole Miss, remains on his list.
"Ole Miss is still the same with me. They got one of the best coach in the country. I just want to play ball for a good coach and now they got one."
Alonzo was close with the former Rebel staff and he had these thoughts on their dismissal.
"I am still open minded, but I liked Coach Hughes and Orgeron. But yea, I am still kind of open. I actually spoke with Coach Hughes the day before they got fired. He said there was a chance they could get fired for what happened in the MSU game, but he said he would recommend me to the new staff if they did (get fired). I have not heard from him since."
What questions will Lawrence have for Coach Nutt when he first makes contact?
"I want him to say
I still got a chance to start. I mean, I am not sweating it to come out and be
a star my first year, but I want a chance to fight for a spot."
What did Alabama say to Alonzo when they came in for an inhome visit?
"Coach Middleton said he really wanted me, and that I fit in with their team. I think right now I have Alabama ahead of all of them, but MSU and Ole Miss are right there. But I say Alabama is #1 because I am close to them. At Ole Miss, I liked Coach Orgeron and their other coaches. I would like to get to know the new ones. But Ole Miss and Mississippi State are right there."
Alonzo was selected to the MS/AL All-Star game on January 20th and is excited about the opportunity that lies in front of him.
"It means a lot to me. If you are not committed, you have scouts out there watching you. There will be a lot of top players in that game, so you want to show the scouts that you belong."