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Shelby Favors MSU
If Kent Shelby gets his way, Mississippi State will sign another Shaw Eagle around this time next year. "To be honest, Mississippi State is my favorite," said Shelby. "The SEC is the conference I want to play in, and I plan to put in the work and succeed." Despite an excellent junior season, including a 7-catch, 277-yard effort vs. Jesuit, Shelby isn't getting much attention yet from recruiters. "I haven't received any Junior Day invites," he said. "It seems like schools are going to wait until the spring to offer me. "I'm working out and getting ready for football. We're looking pretty nice as a team. The workouts the coaches have been putting us through are killing us. We're getting in shape, and we're adding a couple of new players who should help us. We have a free safety that didn't play last year who is a monster, and we have 285-pound offensive lineman coming in from the rugby team." Shelby got off to a quick start last year, but his numbers dwindled down the stretch as opposing defenses double and triple-teamed him. "I was in the slot last year, but this year I'll be on the outside," said Shelby, who also likes Louisiana Tech and Colorado. "It was easier for teams to double-team me when I was in the slot. There would be a linebacker on me and when I got past him, a safety would still be there - right behind him." Shelby's production will go hand-in-hand with the success of QB Quentin Gibson, who will be a junior this fall. "Quentin is really fired up," said Shelby. "He's been hearing a lot of trash talk. If he plays like he's mad, he'll be better." Shelby played last year at 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds. "I'm still growing," he said. "I'm closer to 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds. My coach wants me to get up to 180 soon."
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