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Blanchard and Brown return from camps
"Coty [Blanchard] received an offer from Mississippi State in baseball and Desmond [Brown] received an offer from Mississippi State in football," said Coty Blanchard's father, Fran Blanchard. "They were both very excited the opportunities." "Coty was really impressed when going around the baseball facility today," Fran Blanchard said. "The coaches told him they would love for him to be their starting shortstop. That is saying a lot when Mississippi State says that." "Coach Torbush said Coty was the best quarterback they have seen. He had the best arm and best velocity. He said if he was 6-foot-2 he would definitely have an offer. They just could not give it to him right now." "That is the exact same thing that coach Jim McElwain from Alabama said. He said Coty was hands down the best quarterback in the state, and one of the best in the country. They are just looking for bigger guys. Coach Saban wanted him to work as a safety because he blew them away in 'Bama Ball'." "The last few days have been really tough on both Coty and Desmond. If there is a tougher, more competitive, vigorous camp in the country than the one at Alabama I would like to see it. Coach Saban and that staff put them through a lot of work. It's really good for them." "Coty and Desmond really enjoyed the camp at Mississippi State. They were two of the best overall players out there on the field. They were 'wowing' everyone. Everyone was so impressed with both of them." "Coty is a great football player. Coach Torbush was even telling me that I treat Coty as a coach on the field. I don't treat him as a parent until we are off the field." "I have a great opportunity to help coach at Cherokee County. When we are out on the field Coty is a player, and I am a coach. When we are off the field I'm his dad, and he is my son." Desmond Brown "Mississippi State is a great opportunity for both Coty and Desmond. Coty is a football player, but he can only hear so many times that he is too small to play at the next level. If he decides to take the Mississippi State offer for baseball it's a great thing." Fran Blanchard, along with Desmond Brown, were impressed with the baseball coaches at Mississippi State. "It was great spending time with the coaching staff," Blanchard said. "They showed us a great video and took us on a tour of the stadium. It was really nice." "Desmond was shocked at how nice they were to him. He said he couldn't believe how nice the coaches were, and he wasn't even getting recruited to play baseball for them." Brown has received an offer from Tennessee, and the Volunteers have been considered the frontrunner. The new offer from Mississippi State may have changed things a little. "Coach Torbush asked me if Desmond would really consider playing for State," Blanchard said. "I told him Desmond was definitely interested in State." "He thought with the offers from the other programs that Desmond would not consider them, but he likes them a lot. Especially now that Coty has an offer to play baseball for them. Coty and Desmond would really like to attend the same college." The tandem have been to summer camps and now expect to return to Centre to start preparing for a state title run. Cherokee County lost in the Class 4A state finals in 2008 to UMS-Wright, but return the key contributors on a 14-1 team. "We are finished with camps," Blanchard stated. "I was talking to Desmond today. He said he was ready to get back with his teammates and work toward winning a state championship. As a coach that is something you love to hear from a player." "I don't think they are going to make any type of decision right now. They are going to go back home and think about things. We are going to be working out and getting ready for the season. Right now I would say both Coty and Desmond are leaning towards Mississippi State than anywhere else."
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