In-state Interest

In-state Interest

E.J. Bounds out of Water Valley, Miss., is a name that many are not familiar with. But he's one of the more talented athletes inside the state.


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Bounds stands 6' 1", 190 pounds and runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. He had a high ankle sprain which caused him to miss three games but still passed for 819 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for another 736 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"Some of the recruiters tell me I'll play safety," Bounds said. "Others say cornerback and even slot. They ask me what I want to play, and I just tell them anywhere. I feel like I can play anywhere."

This spring was a time to get that ankle healed and work on a few things.

"It was a good spring. I wanted to work on throwing the ball a lot, and we improved in that area. We got a new defensive coordinator so that area has been kind of slow, but our offense was locked in and looked good. We really improved on throwing and catching the ball."

Bounds realizes that he will most likely leave the quarterback position on the next level so there was another area of his game he keyed in on this spring.

"I wanted to improve on my speed too. I got faster, a good bit faster. I played some free safety my 9th grade season but not much since. Coach let me get in some reps there to help me out with the recruiters. I can still play it but I banged up my shoulder so coach told me I didn't need to risk anything for the season."

Several coaches came by this spring to scout the All-State performer.

"UAB came by and and sent some coaches here to talk to me, but I wasn't really practicing on defense so they didn't get to see much. Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Memphis, and Louisiana Lafayette also came by. I'm hearing a lot from MSU and Ole Miss right now."

What is Ole Miss saying?

"They want me to play slot or something like that. They also said I could play corner or safety, somewhere in between."

Bounds lives just 15 miles down the road from Oxford so he is familiar with the campus and program.

"I go over there all of the time. They've been talking to me a lot. They're interested in me. It's only like 10 minutes from my house so I'm always around their campus. I know a lot of people over there. I also like their staff. Coach (Matt) Luke is really cool. They just want me to come over there to their camp and watch me at several different positions. Our team is going over there for the passing camp on June 8th so coach is going to let me play a bunch of different positions for them. Hopefully they'll like what they see."

What is MSU telling Bounds?

"They're telling me I'm going to play safety or corner. I was talking to coach (Deshea) Townsend when he came by the school and he said corner or safety."

What does he know about the Bulldogs?

"I went to their junior day. I got a chance to go around and tour the campus and looked at everything. It was cool. It was nice."

Memphis is also showing a lot of interest.

"Coach (James) Shibest has been talking to me a lot. He wants me to come to their camp and get a visual of me up close. I want to check out their campus. They want me to play corner."

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for and he can be reached at Recommended Stories

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