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Title run helps Grayson seniors in recruiting

Grayosn's Nick Schuessler committed to Mississippi State just this week.

Grayosn's Nick Schuessler committed to Mississippi State just this week.

When Grayson won the Class AAAAA state championship in December, several seniors had little recruiting interest.

On Wednesday, the Rams had eight players make their college decisions. For some of them, it was that state title run that helped get them to the next level.

The biggest signing of the class was quarterback Nick Schuessler, who committed to Mississippi State just this week.

"I think winning the state championship helped a lot," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. "(Dan) Mullen wanted a winner and he got one with him."

Schuessler joined teammates Harris Cesko (Elon), Shattle Fenteng (Hutchinson Community College), Garrett Gorringe (Georgia State), Sebastian Rice (Furman), Terrius Watson (St. Francis) and Fred Zerblis (Colorado State) as signees. Devin Gillespie accepted a rare spot as a walk-on at Georgia.

"I think that game and our program helped get guys to the next level," Conn said.

Schuessler went through a whirlwind of recruiting in recent weeks. He committed to Colorado State two weeks ago, but when a last-minute spot opened at Mississippi State he jumped at the chance to play in the SEC. He also picked up last-minute interest from Ole Miss.

"It's a dream come true," Schuessler said. "I have an opportunity to play in the SEC."

Conn said he's expecting two or three more seniors to make college decisions soon.

"It says something about this coaching staff. Everyone deserves it," Schuessler said of the college signings. "We had a bunch of good players and good coaches and this speaks volumes."