December 31, 2010

McPhee's final stand

Pernell McPhee was Mississippi State's highest rated signee among the 2009 class but his time for the maroon and white will come to a close on Saturday.

The senior defensive end will cap off his career with the Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl against Michigan. The game will give McPhee an opportunity to play in front of family in his home state of Florida where his football campaign began.

"It's really exciting to be playing in a state with all my family members," McPhee said. "I know if we were playing in another state all of my family members probably wouldn't be able to come but since it's in Florida I've got a lot of family members that are going to make the trip. It's going to be really exciting to be playing in front of the hometown."

Tomorrow's contest will also pit the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder against the Wolverines, who were one of the finalists during his recruitment out of Itawamba Community College. He took an official visit to Ann Arbor but eventually kept his original commitment to MSU.

"It was a lot of old fashioned stuff," McPhee said of his visit to Michigan. "There was a lot of food. I know they have some very good coaches and a lot of good, friendly teammates. I had Martavious Odoms up there and I played high school ball with him. I was pretty nice but it was just real, real cold and that's something that I don't like."

McPhee committed to the Bulldogs in July following his freshman season at ICC where he led the nation in sacks with 19. But after topping the country again in sacks as a sophomore and then Bulldog head coach Sylvester Croom stepped down it left the door open for other schools like Michigan, Florida, Georgia and Kentucky to come calling.

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