September 18, 2009

Sherrod still happy in Starkville

As one of the top offensive linemen prospects in country in 2007, Derek Sherrod could have pretty much went anywhere in the country to college.

The former high school All-American four-star tackle had offers from the likes of Florida, Notre Dame, Miami, Michigan and many more but chose instead to remain close to home and follow in his brother Dezmond's footsteps at Mississippi State.

"It's helped out a lot being so close," Sherrod said. "I already knew about Mississippi State and already had a respect for it. I was able to come in and be accepted by my teammates. I was able to become one with my teammates through my effort. It's a great institution otherwise I wouldn't have chose to come here."

The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder out of Caledonia High School has played in 24 games during his two-plus seasons in Starkville making 12 starts. He began his career at right tackle before switching to left as a sophomore following the dismissal of Mike Brown during spring practice in 2008.

Sherrod missed most of fall camp and the season opener last season with a infected blister on his foot but returned for the final 11 games, starting 10 at left tackle. He suffered a slight tweak in his knee during fall camp this year but has shown no lingering effects of the injury.

"(My knee) has been pretty good," Sherrod said. "We have a very good medical staff here that has been working with me and I really haven't had anymore problems with it. I'm very thankful for that."

Sherrod has built a solid relationship with his new head coach Dan Mullen over the past few months and shares his goal of getting State to the Georgia Dome to play for the Southeastern Conference Champinship.

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