November 14, 2008

Sherrod making strides at left tackle

Less than two years ago, Derek Sherrod was one of the most sought after offensive line prospects in the country.

The talented tackle from Caledonia, Miss., had scholarship offers from some of the top programs in the nation like Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami and many more. But when it came time to make his decision, Sherrod signed the dotted line to Mississippi State.

"A lot of schools were coming at me and a lot of schools were showing me their futures and wanted me to come there," Sherrod said. "I decided that Mississippi State was the best school for me because for one thing, they have a great coaching staff. I couldn't ask for anything better than that. Two, it was close to home and I could get all my family here to come see me play. Three, we have a great team and a great squad. That can only make me better and hopefully I can make them better. Fourth, it did help that my brother (Dezmond Sherrod) was here. I wanted to make sure that I finally got a chance to play with him."

The Sherrod's were both standouts for the Confederates in high school but are four years apart and never played on the same team until last season. 2007 was a special year for the family. Not only were the brothers playing on the same team, but they were lining up alongside one another on most plays.

"A lot of times in different formations he was right beside me," Sherrod said. "That was really special because we didn't have that chance back in high school because he was four years ahead of me. It was a pretty great thing that we will always treasure all our lives. It turned out that we had a great season last year with that. That was a really special thing."

With Dezmond moving on to the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, it became time for Derek to make a name for himself on his own. Sherrod was slated to be the Bulldogs starting right tackle coming into this season but Mike Brown's dismissal in the spring forced him to shift sides back to his prep position on the left side.

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