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Grayson's Schuessler leaves Mississippi State

Grayson quarterback Nick Schuessler.

Grayson quarterback Nick Schuessler.

Former Grayson standout Nick Schuessler won't be playing quarterback at Mississippi State as planned.

The freshman elected to leave the Bulldogs' program this summer, not long after his graduation from Grayson. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder now plans to transfer to a school closer to home.

"To sum it all up, I got offered late by them and I only had one official visit out there just before Signing Day and only saw one game," Schuessler said. "When they offered a couple of days before Signing Day, I jumped all over it. I wanted to be fair to the school so I stayed summer semester and realized it wasn't the best fit for me. I decided I wanted to come back and do the whole recruiting process again."

Schuessler, who had plenty of offers from lesser-known programs, committed initially to Colorado State during the recruiting process, but changed his mind when Mississippi State extended an offer.

"I was surprised a little bit (to hear Schuessler was leaving MSU), but not too much because of the way things went," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. "When Mississippi State offered him, it was two or three days before Signing Day. They kind of strung it out, strung it out. And he didn't know where he wanted to go. I just think he made a rash decision because it was the Southeastern Conference."

Schuessler led Grayson to its first Class AAAAA state championship and a 15-0 record last fall. He threw for 1,614 yards and 19 touchdowns in a run-first attack, but delivered his biggest moment with an 87-yard drive in the state semifinals that was capped with a game-winning TD pass with 28 seconds remaining.

Mississippi State signed him to boost an ultra-thin quarterback rotation, but his time in Starkville lasted only part of a summer.

"The first three weeks I was there (at MSU), I was just trying to push through because I figured (the feeling) was part of making a transition," Schuessler said. "But earlier this week I prayed more and more about it and I felt like God was trying to tell me something. I just felt like it wasn't the place for me. Nothing against the football program. The school just wasn't right for me."

Schuessler declined to name which schools he was considering for a transfer, but said he hopes to make a decision in the next week or two. He will have to sit out a season because of NCAA transfer rules, but he can use the 2012 season as if it was a redshirt year.