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In-state program leads the way for Bardney

Jackson (Miss.) Callaway standout 2016 offensive guard Javious Bardney has had no problem attracting attention at 6-foot-4 and 275-pounds.
He has already received scholarship offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State, and both schools have been keeping in close contact with coach Derrick Nix leading the way for Ole Miss and Greg Knox doing the same for the Bulldogs.
This summer, he plans to attend the Rivals100 Underclassmen Challenge presented by Under Armour in Jacksonville, Fla., in July, as well as camps at both Ole Miss and Mississippi State in June.
As he approaches the recruiting process, he has plenty of examples. In the 2015 class he has watched closely as teammate Tommy Champion made his decision, and in the 2014 class he saw teammates Rod Taylor, Dayall Harris, and Breeland Speaks all go through the process.
Watching the 2014 group, he was able to see firsthand the ins and outs of the process and learn a few lessons.
"It was crazy, but I liked how they got through with the recruiting process early and committed to their schools so they wouldn't have to deal with it during school," Bardney said. "I liked the way they dealt with it."
It is still early in the process, but he does admit he grew up a fan of the Oregon Ducks and one school has taken the early lead in his recruitment.
"I'd say Mississippi State is the leader right now," Bardney said. "They've been showing me a lot of love lately. Ever since they offered me they've been texting me non-stop. We've just been texting back and forth and stuff about Mississippi State."
He also knows what he is looking for in a future college program.
"How their coaches coach and how the offense is run and how their blocking schemes go," Bardney said.
At this point, Bardney plans to take his time with the recruiting process and he is enjoying the experience.
"It feels good to be recruited in the 10th grade because most 10th graders don't get a chance like I do now," Bardney said.
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