October 1, 2009

Rea sticking with the Diamond Dogs

Many people were shocked on July 14 when three-star offensive lineman Wes Rea turned down 14 football scholarship offers to play baseball for Mississippi State.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder still gets questioned on a daily basis about his decision but remains solid in his commitment to play for John Cohen and the Diamond Dogs.

"You can imagine all the football guys ask me how could I even play baseball," Rea said. "But all the baseball guys understand because they have seen me play. Even Coach (Dan) Mullen was giving me heck about it trying to recruit me and messing me with about it. It just goes both ways depending on who I am talking to."

Rea has football offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, Duke, Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Southern Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, Tulane and Vanderbilt. But even his commitment to play baseball has not stopped football coaches from attempting to sway his decision.

"Nothing has really stopped as far as football," Rea said. "I'm still getting all the letters and all the phone calls but nothing is going to change my mind. I am pretty set on that. After the (MSU-LSU) game Saturday I went and watched (the baseball team) practice on Sunday to pay closer attention to everything and make sure I am 100-percent."

Rea and Harrison Central teammate Brandon Keel came up from Gulfport for the weekend and stayed in Kosciusko where Rea has a hunting camp. He also had an opportunity to check his deer cameras in preparation for the upcoming bow season.

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