Coach Nix visits MSU commit

The 6' 2", 230 pound defensive end/linebacker is getting ready for the Class 4A State Championship game that is played on Saturday, and one of the coaches from Ole Miss was in his home last night to tell him good luck.

"Coach Nix (for Ole Miss) came by tonight," added Deontae Skinner. "He was just wishing me luck on my game Saturday and trying to get me on board. They want me to be a Rebel. They think I can really help their program because I am what they need."

What was Ole Miss' main selling point?

"They just want me to be a Rebel, and they really want me to be a part of their school. They want to build on what they did this season, and they think I can help them take it to the next level. That is what got my attention the most. They were just really impressed with me as a player, and they have faith in me. That really caught my attention."

Has the MSU commit received anymore inhome visits?

"No sir, that is it so far, but I did set up an official visit with USM last night. I am going over there on January 16h and MSU on January 23rd. I have to get back with Coach Nix (at Ole Miss), but we are talking about me coming in January too."

Any future inhome visits on the horizon?

"USM was suppose to come by this week, but they are bringing their whole staff to the Championship game so they can meet my family."

What stands out about USM?

"There is always a slight chance you could end up anywhere, so I just want to see what I like about them, and get more in-depth with USM."

Was Skinner caught off guard by the dismissal of Coach Croom at MSU?

"I was not surprised, to be truthful, because MSU was not playing good this year and things had gotten pretty bad. I do not know who the new coach is going to be, but Coach Stringer said I still have my scholarship."

What will Deontae look for in MSU's new head coach?

"I look forward to a coach coming in, and being about winning, and changing that program around. I just want someone to come in there that is all about winning."

For now, Skinner is looking forward to a little redemption this Saturday.

"I am really excited about getting back to Jackson (for the state championship game). Last year we came up a little short, but this year we are coming in confident. We know we have everyone healthy this time, and we have prepared ourselves well. We have a lot of motivation."

The Noxubee County standout has 125 tackles and 9 sacks on the season.

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