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Mississippi LBs stock still climbing

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Three-star Waynesboro (Miss.) linebacker/safety Steve Gandy says he’s received a number of recruiting calls in the first two days of the September contact period.
“I talked to Ole Miss, Bama, Auburn and West Virginia,” said the Wayne County standout, ranked the No. 16 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com. “Arizona and Nebraska called, too, but I wasn’t at home to talk with them.”
Gandy (6-1, 190, 4.4) has drawn offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, LSU, Nebraska and Southern Miss.
“I really don’t have a favorite right now, but I’ve been thinking a lot more about Bama and Auburn,” he said. “But then I turn around the next day and like Ole Miss and Southern the most. It’s just hard to say. I’m not counting anyone out.”
He grew up a Florida State fan, and still says that would be his “dream school,” but hasn’t received much attention from the Seminoles.
“I’m a little disappointed about that, but hopefully I have my whole senior year to get their attention,” he said.
Gandy said the key factor in his recruitment is where he can make the biggest impact as a freshman.
“Ole Miss and Auburn have told me I should come right in and play,” he said. “Bama told me they needed help at my position, too.”
He’ll get a close look at the Crimson Tide this weekend when he makes an unofficial visit for the Oklahoma game.
“I can’t wait,” Gandy said. “It should be a great game with good defense. I love watching defense.”
Wayne County opened the season last week with a 13-0 win over Columbus. Gandy recorded 12 tackles and two sacks.
“I had a couple of hard hits, too,” he said. “We think our defense is the best in the state. We don’t want anyone to ever score on us.”
As a junior, he recorded 110 tackles and one interception in helping lead Wayne County to the Class 5A state championship.
Academically, Gandy maintains a 3.0 GPA and has scored an 18 on the ACT.
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