March 4, 2009

Massive local tackle likes MSU

New Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen made the statement that offensive linemen will be a priority for the 2010 recruiting class.

One of those players on his radar is massive local offensive tackle Ryan Hollivay of New Hope High School. Mullen made it a priority to visit with the 6-foot-5, 374-pounder soon after taking the job in December.

"That was special to me," Hollivay said of Mullen's visit. "We really haven't talked since then. We talked briefly this weekend (at junior day). He just asked me how my grades were and just the regular type questions. But I got a chance to meet with most of the coaches this weekend. The offensive line coach (John Hevesy) was around me most of the time. He and I were talking and he said that they will be able to come and watch me during the spring."

Even though Hollivay lives in nearby Columbus, he admittedly did not know that much about the MSU program until his visit to junior day this past weekend.

"It's a good school," Hollivay said. "I came to their junior day on Saturday and they really opened my eyes to what I have been missing. Even with me being so close, I still really didn't know much about Mississippi State but they taught me a lot."

Hollivay has yet to receive his first scholarship offer but is receiving interest from several area schools.

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