October 20, 2011

Slay starting to shine for State

Darius Slay was a member of Dan Mullen's first recruiting class at Mississippi State in 2009.

The Brunswick, Ga., standout did not qualify out of high school and enrolled at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College. Slay stuck with his original commitment two years later even after earning All-American honors and offers from nine other SEC programs.

"I had offers from 10 out of the 12 SEC schools but my mind was made up that I was going with State," Slay said. "I kept my word with them and was going to stick with them. I knew when I finally got here I was ready to work and make myself better. When I got here my mind was already focused on getting better every day."

Slay was originally scheduled to enroll at MSU back during the spring but came up short on credits and had to return to ICC for another semester. He finally enrolled in classes in Starkville over the summer.

"I came in here real late," Slay said. "I was supposed to be a December graduate but I didn't make my requirements to graduate so I came in late. I had to learn the plays as fast as I could and that took time."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has appeared in all seven games for the Bulldogs this fall. He has seen his role increased as the season has progress and has made nine tackles on the year including one for loss, forced one fumble and returned an interception 72-yards for a touchdown.

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