LAFAYETTE — Former Dutchtown High School and Mississippi State wide receiver Shelby Christy is transferring to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Christy announced his decision on Twitter late Monday night with a picture of him making a catch in his Dutchtown uniform overlayed with a picture of the Ragin’ Cajuns logo and the text “I’m coming home.” The accompanying tweet said, “It’s official I’m a Cajun #GeauxCajuns”
Despite the fact Christy lost his redshirt freshman season to injury, a coach on the Cajuns staff confirmed that Christy would not be eligible to play in this season because of NCAA transfer rules.
Christy spent two seasons with Mississippi State but didn’t see playing time. He redshirted his true freshman season and then tore his anterior cruciate ligament in fall camp last season.
“He had a number of offers coming out of high school; he just had bad luck at Mississippi State,” Dutchtown coach Benny Saia said. “He stayed hurt. … He never could get that break that he needed.”
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Christy came to Mississippi State as a wide receiver but was expected to compete at tight end this season.
Saia said Christy likely wants to play as a receiver in the Cajuns offense.
“I talked to him probably at the beginning of the summer,” Saia said. “I know that he was looking to leave, and there was a couple schools that he was interested in going to. I tried to hook him up.
“He had some Division II teams that wanted him and were trying to sell the idea that he wouldn’t have to sit out, but he wanted to go to UL. I’m glad it worked out for him. They’re getting a good one; he’s a good player.”
Christy caught 39 passes for 663 yards and five touchdowns in his senior season, earning a consensus three-star rating from the major scouting services.
He was also a standout track athlete while at Dutchtown, winning a pair of 5A state titles in the triple jump.
“He’s 6-foot-3, he’s a big receiver,” Saia said. “He runs well, and he’s strong. He has all the tools you need to be a quality receiver.”