National Signing Day is still 20 months away for football players in the Class of 2016.
But that didn’t stop Rummel defensive lineman Briston Guidry from committing to Mississippi State on Wednesday.
“I just wanted to get it over with so I can focus on my academics and Rummel football,” said Guidry, who will be a junior in the fall. “I’m solid on my decision. I loved the coaching staff. They have great team chemistry and the academics and all of that.”
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Guidry also has scholarship offers from Louisville, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Southern Mississippi.
As a sophomore, he recorded 73 tackles to go with his 23 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and an interception to help lead Rummel to the Division I championship.
“He is a big physical, strong kid that runs well,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “He intercepted a pass, blocked a kick. He is just a big-time playmaker.”
Guidry plays mostly at defensive end but also plays tackle at times. He said he doesn’t have a preference.
“To me it doesn’t matter,” he said. “I think I play both pretty well.”
If Guidry signs with Mississippi State in 2016, he would join former Rummel quarterback Damian Williams, who just finished his freshman season for the Bulldogs.
But he still has two more seasons at Rummel and has set the bar high after being named to the Class 5A All-State team as a sophomore.