BY KEDRICK STOREY
RIPLEY- College football recruiting is heating up as February’s National Signing Day approaches and Mississippi State added another to their list as Ripley offensive lineman Michael Story committed on Monday.
The 6-foot-5, 285 pounder, who played left tackle for the Tigers as a senior, will enroll early in Starkville. Story is set to begin classes this week and calls the decision a dream come true.
“I love it. I’ve always wanted to play at State and now I’m getting that opportunity,” said Story, who plans to major in business management and minor in a physical education. “They (MSU) told me they really liked me and the way I played. They told me the offer was coming and they stuck to their word.”
Story, 17, was a three-year starter for Ripley. He played left guard as a sophomore and junior before the move to tackle. Ripley coach Chad Cook said Story graded out at 90 percent his final year and has a huge upside.
“There’s not really anything that he doesn’t do well on the football field,” said Cook. “Most of the stuff that they want him to do better will come with age. I think everything that he doesn’t do really good right now, after a year or two, when he gets older and finishes growing into his body, I think he can be a complete offensive lineman.”
Story held Division I offers from Troy, Louisiana-Lafayette and UL-Monroe, along with junior college offers from all over Mississippi. He received interest from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee State and Georgia.
Story helped Ripley average 400 yards per game and win 24 games with three playoff appearances as a starter. Now he’s ready to get to work for the Bulldogs.
“I’m looking forward to lifting weights, getting bigger and competing for a job,” he said.