Late Monday night, Wenonah (Ala.) School's De'Runnya Wilson felt a lot of stress leave his mind. But at the end of the day, the 2013 receiver prospect didn't face a difficult decision, he said.
The 6-foot-5 and 212-pound receiver committed to MSU late Monday night and became the Bulldogs' 23rd commitment for the Class of 2013.
"It just feels good and it relieves a lot of stress," said Wilson. "I told Coach (Dan) Mullen and Coach (Tim) Brewster last night I was committing and that I was coming to Mississippi State. They already felt I was coming and it was no surprise to them. They always felt comfortable with me and I felt the same with Mississippi State.
"I always knew where I wanted to go. I just wanted to visit there and when I got back, I told my mom about it. I told her how I felt and where I wanted to go. I know Coach Mullen and Coach Brew are coming to my basketball game tonight, too, and I am going to ball out for them."
Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports with an 87 rating, Wilson also held offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Louisville, Cincinnati and UAB. He also plans to walk on to the MSU basketball team as well. Last year Wilson was the runner-up for Mr. Basketball in the state of Alabama as a junior.
"I feel I can help out quick in both sports," said Wilson. "In football I can get all the jump balls and out-muscle defensive backs and catch the ball at the highest point. I will be doing all the things that Coach Brewster teaches me. Whatever he teaches me is what I will be doing.
"The (MSU) basketball coaches also say I have a good feel for the game. They also like my aggressiveness."
Wilson often noted of his strong bond with Brewster throughout his recruitment. Now Wilson is anxious to be under Brewster's watchful eye on the gridiron next fall.
"Like I always said, Mississippi State was the first to offer me and I have a good relationship with Coach Brew," said Wilson. "Coach Brew is not the type of coach that is going to tell you just a bunch of stuff. Most coaches tell you to come to their school and be a star. But not Coach Brew.
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"He told me right away he was going to push me harder than anyone. He doesn't want me coming in with a superstar attitude to where it will hurt my work ethic. He said he would make me a great receiver and show me and teach me how to get there. I appreciate that from him."
Wilson has been one of Wenonah's top performers on the hardwood the past three seasons. But he didn't play football his sophomore season nor his junior season. But his return to the gridiron this season caught a lot of attention from colleges after he began to perform in clutch situations.
"This season I to work for everything I got in football since nobody knew of me," said Wilson. "I had to work for my offers and work to get back in rhythm. Now I have to do that all over again in college. The work ethic I bring to both sports at Mississippi State is going to stand out. Nobody is going to out work me. One of the things I like about Mississippi State is I know they are going to push me and strive for greatness."
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