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September 4, 2008

Virges gets first scholarship offer

West Point junior lineman Curtis Virges received his first scholarship offer from Mississippi State on Tuesday.
The funny thing is he was not even aware of it until Wednesday afternoon after practice. Virges was oblivious because he never went home the previous day.

Virges, along with teammate Michael Carr, were both among the handful of offers issued by the Bulldogs for the class of 2010.

While Carr seemed eager to get the process over with, Virges is taking a more cautious approach.

"I'm just taking it as it comes," Virges said. "I'm just looking at all my options."

The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder got a chance to see MSU firsthand earlier this fall when he and his Green Wave teammates visited practice. He said he also watched their game this past week against Louisiana Tech.

"I like their defense," Virges said of the Bulldogs. "I saw their game on the television the other night. I thought their defense could have stepped up more than what they were doing especially the secondary. When I saw them at practice, they were doing a real good job at practice."

Virges is also drawing interest from Alabama and Ole Miss but also would like Florida, Texas and Georgia to join the mix.

Virges received three letters from Ole Miss on Tuesday, one of which asked him to fill out a recruiting questionnaire online and another informing him that their game on Saturday would be televised on ABC. Virges said he plans on tuning in.

"I haven't seen them play yet," Virges said. "But I'm going to try to watch them play this weekend on TV."

Virges stated that he plans on visiting at least five schools during spring break this school year.

Virges made an impact as a sophomore on the defensive line but now plays both ways for the Green Wave. Virges started on the offensive line for the first time this past Friday helping West Point to a 21-14 win over Shannon.

"I felt good," Virges said. "I like hitting other people and putting them on their back. It was pancake after pancake. I wasn't perfect and I expected to miss a couple of blocks but everything that was needed from me was done."

Virges said he felt more comfortable playing on the offensive line because he doesn't have to guess what the plays are.

Mississippi State is recruiting him as a defensive lineman while the Crimson Tide want him on offense.

Virges has already broken every record in the West Point weight program before his junior year. Virges is squatting 670-pounds and benching 370-pounds. He shattered the previous record total weights in those lifts by 75-pounds.


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