"I am about 155 right now," added Cordaryl Weathersby. "I was above 160 until track season started. I just do so much running, but I just put the pads back on for the first time Thursday. Hopefully I can get my weight up to the 170 range by the time the season rolls around. I am going to be going by grandmother's house this summer to eat a lot of meat and potatoes. I know that."
Pascagoula hired a new head coach so adjustments are having to be made for all parties involved.
"Our old head coach told me that not much was going to change around here because he had coached Lewis Sims when he was in high school. He's a little different coach but he has kept a lot the same. We still have some of our old assistants back. The transition has been pretty much smooth so far. The offseason workout program is exactly the same."
Last season Weathersby put his name on the map when he was named 1st Team All-State in Class 6A while teaming up with Senquez Golson as the best cornerback tandem in the state. He collected 106 tackles, 12 pass-breakups and 5 interceptions.
"I think I improved so much because Senquez (Golson) kind of took me under his wings and let me come around to the camps he was invited to last summer. I just learned so many techniques at those camps to help my pass coverage techniques. In 10th grade my pass coverage skills were my weakness, but I turned into a strength last season. I became more of a complete player."
Friday's practice showed him that he has come around even further in a couple of areas.
"My coach wanted me to run track this season so I could work on my speed and footwork, and I can already tell a difference. My closing speed is a lot better now. I can come in and out of my cuts better too. Although I have lost a few pounds I am a lot stronger now too."
One of the colleges that Weathersby camped at this past summer attended his first practice.
"Coach (Terry) Price (from Ole Miss) was over on the sidelines. I couldn't talk to him, but I saw him over there. He was talking to my coaches the whole practice."
What is going on with the Rebels?
"They are still recruiting me. They told me that I needed to gain some weight and get bigger and faster, but I think is going good with them in the recruiting process, as long as I gain some more weight and keep getting faster."
Which colleges are showing the most interest right now?
"I would probably say Florida State and probably USM. I get the most letters from FSU. I know that. Southern Miss came over to visit me too. Florida State has been by and Ole Miss too. I would have to put Ole Miss in there too. Those three are coming after me the hardest right now."
Anybody else showing any interest?
"Memphis and Mississippi State are. Arkansas State was showing me a lot of interest, but I have not heard back from them in a couple of weeks."
Which schools have caught Weathersby's eye so far?
"I am keeping all of my options open right now. Everybody is really the same since no one has offered me yet. I am talking on the phone with FSU, USM, and Ole Miss. Those are really the only colleges that I talk to consistently."
What stands out about the Seminoles?
"I like their history with cornerbacks. They get most of their corners drafted and into the NFL."
And Southern Miss?
"I know a lot of people who go to USM and some of the players from the (MS) coast that I looked up to played at USM like DeAndre Brown, C.J. Bailey and Damien Fletcher. If they could fit in up there; I know I can."
What are Ole Miss' positives?
"They stand out because when I went to their 7-on-7 camp last summer all of their coaches made me feel at home and comfortable. I just feel comfortable there and fit in perfectl at Ole Miss. They give me that homey feeling. I wouldn't mind teamming back up with Senquez either."
Weathersby will be busy at the college camps this summer as he plans to attend the camps at Ole Miss, FSU, USM, MSU and LSU.
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org