Mississippi State football Junior Day photo gallery, February 19, 2011. …
Jerry McCorvey talks SEC JR Days
"I think I read my keys well," added Jerry McCorvey when asked what makes him so effective at the outside linebacker position. "I get to the ball quickly because of my reads. That helps me out the most." Jerry has a few things on his mind when thinking about the things he wants to improve on before the start of his senior season. "I want to get faster and add some bulk. I need to add some more weight for the next level. I think I am pretty reliable and efficient in the running game, but I need to work on my pass coverage skills. I can read well though and get sideline-to-sideline." Last season McCorvey took over the starting role and shinned. "I had 159 tackles and four forced fumbles. We lost in the second round of the playoffs to West Jones but we learned a lot as a team. I could have done better but hopefully I will be better next fall." McCorvey draws his on-the-field motivation from his father. "I have a lot of inspiration and heart too. My father gives that to me. He played too, and he is my biggest role model in my life. He keeps me going every day all day. He stays on me pretty good (laugh)." Jerry started his Junior Day tour two Saturday's back at Ole Miss. "That was my first trip to go up there. One of my coaches brought me up there. I thought it was pretty nice up there. It was just pretty in general. They had a really nice campus." Did the visit meet his expectations or was it better or worse? "I thought it would be that way. I thought it was going to be a pretty good program. It is a nice school with big facilities. That's about what I thought it would be like." What all did Jerry like about Ole Miss? "Their coaches were cool and the people were real nice. I met with one of their teachers, and I thought that went pretty good. Their practice fields were really nice. I enjoyed them. I met some of their players, and I learned a lot about Ole Miss from them. They send a lot of players to the league and traditionally they go to a lot of bowl games and are one of the better programs in the country." What questions were on his mind about Ole Miss before he came on the trip and what did he learn about those issues? "I wanted to know about where you live and what type of majors and facilities they have. The living conditions were nice. I rode over there to where the players live and looked at their dorm rooms. It was pretty nice. Most of their majors are in the medical and business fields. Their IPF was really nice. Their fields were very nice too. The coach's rooms and meeting rooms were nice as well. I really liked their facilities. That probably stood out the most to me over everything else." Did Jerry speak to the Ole Miss coaches about where he would fit into the program? "They said I have a good frame. They said they could do a lot with me, but we will see some day when I choose a college to go too." The next weekend McCorvey made the trek over to Starkville and got a little better look at everything. "I actually stayed the night there because one of my coaches knew Vic Ballard so I stayed with him and Charles Mitchell at their apartment. That was my first trip to State too. I learned that they are crazy about their sports. Their campus is real spaced out and real comfortable. I liked how they had their campus set-up, and they have a lot of stuff you can major in." What questions did he have on his mind about State before the trip and what did he learn about those issues? "Basically I wanted to know what kind of campus they had and how their football program is from weight lifting to just their overall program. I wanted to see about their academics and what you can major in. Their campus I liked a lot because it is spaced out and not so packed in. I liked their academics as well. I spoke to their academic person and they pointed out to me that MSU is the number one academic school in Mississippi and that really stood out to me. Their weight room coach told me a lot about their expectations and that was cool. Overall, it was a better than I was expecting. I just liked how comfortable I was there. I met some of the players there and they were just like me. I liked their campus a lot too. That's what stood out the most to me about MSU." What did the MSU coaches say to Jerry about where he fit into their program? "They said about the same things Ole Miss told me. They said I have a nice frame on me. They watched my film and said I was a pretty good player. They are looking forward to my season." Did either school offer the Vancleave native? "Not yet, but I think MSU is probably a little closer because they have been giving me more attention than Ole Miss. Coach Mullen gives me a lot of attention and so does their new defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. I find them real interesting." Anybody else been showing Jerry any love? "La Tech, USM, and UCLA have been writing me too but I have not gotten any Jr Day invites or anything like that. I am hoping Auburn, Alabama, and LSU start showing me some more attention."
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