Mississippi State Puts a Lot of Time Into Football Recruiting Messaging

April 2, 2013 at 9:07a    by Jason Priestas    

Saint Clairsville (OH) linebacker Michael Ferns committed to Michigan last August, but that hasn't stopped Dan Mullen and his staff from making a run at the four-star talent.

Ferns received a card in the mail from the Bulldogs that said "You're a BALLER" on the inside. That's it. "BALLER" was underlined a few times for emphasis.

Honestly, the only way this could have been worse is if the card simply said "YOU IS A BALLER."


Philly White's picture

Why did his 4-year-old son have to write it?

Unky Buck's picture

I was thinking something along the same lines.

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MediBuck's picture

Me three. In all honesty, probably was a GA or an undergrad intern. SEC! SEC! SEC!

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Turtlebuster's picture

This can't be real.....can it?

vcmoose's picture

And how did they land their #1 class again?!?

ab42beerman's picture

I believe you're thinking of Ole Miss, this is Mississippi State.

Ethan's picture

April Fools? 

Baroclinicity's picture

I think it says "You're 9 BALLER."
It's for the billiards team.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Earle's picture

Taking tips from NC State, I see.  Is it handwritten or photocopied?

Your Noble Savage is a Straw Yeti.

d1145fresh's picture

Perhaps he has a fever... and the only prescription is more cowbell. 

Earle's picture

Saban don't fear The Reaper...

Your Noble Savage is a Straw Yeti.

bodast67's picture

Some say Saban is The Reaper...




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Earle's picture

I'm sure some of his oversigning casualties would agree. He certainly has the Grim part down.

Your Noble Savage is a Straw Yeti.

OSUStu's picture

I always thought that was a drawing of the Apollo Command/Service Module.  This made me have more faith in the State of Mississippi's educational system.  Alas, a cowbell it is.

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Baroclinicity's picture

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

northcampus's picture

Sadly, a coach or graduate assistant with either a master's or working on a master's probably came up with this idea and/or drafted the message on the note card.  Keep on pushing them through the system, just keep on pushing.

Poison nuts's picture

This is some April Fools shit right? Right???

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OSUStu's picture

It would be kind of hilarious if someone got their hands on some Miss State mailing supplies and a list of recruits then decided to have a little fun.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Dougger's picture

would anyone in their right mind look at that and say "yep, they're right, I'm gonna give Mississippi State a chance"
Absolutely not.

I like football

dubjayfootball90's picture

Where do I sign?

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BME_Buckeye's picture

The scary part isn't seeing this but wondering what the other 99 personally written cards say since schools send them out in bundles.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


tennbuckeye19's picture

If this doesn't make Ferns wanna de-commit from UM, nothing will!

Mr. Slick's picture

haha.....wait, what??

NYCBuckeye's picture

Since when did Miss St. start sending senior theses of the school's English Majors to its recruits?

Hovenaut's picture

Ole Miss should be proud of themselves.....their recruiting success has clearly influenced their main rival to, uh, 'step it up'.


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northcampus's picture

Intrigued by a conversation with someone who has visited 'The Grove' among many other SEC towns, I asked him if Oxford and Starkville were similiar.  His reply,"At Ole Miss, they're sophisticated rednecks.  At Miss St., they're just rednecks."

DJ Byrnes's picture

at least they used the right form of your / you're, which is somewhat impressive for the four year old who wrote this

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

It would have also been worse if it said "Your a BALLER"

Class of 2010.

Dougger's picture

with that writing i don't think it would have made much of a difference.

I like football

GV9's picture

Or "Ya'lls a Baller"

Boom777's picture

I think it would be better in crayon.

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MN Buckeye's picture

I hear the recruiting office at Ole Miss recently replaced all their crayons with pencils.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Notice how only the ALL in "Baller" is underlined for emphasis. Maybe that's a hidden message about Ferns being "ALL that" or that Mississippi State is "ALL about him", or just maybe the coach is telling him which laundry detergent he prefers. 

ODEEZ330's picture

Clearly dan mullen was the reaon behind urbs success at fla. Lmao that's hilarious

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bbase22's picture

I'm surprised it's not written with a crayon.

Boomcat's picture

If I was ESPN I would be embarrassed right about now.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Are we sure the 1st draft didn't say:

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