Gautier, Miss. is a small town right on the Gulf Coast, just about seven miles east of Ocean Springs, one of the hardest hit area's by Hurricane Katrina. It is also the home of one of the nation's top tight end's Jonathan Massey.
"Our house didn't really have much damage, we were very fortunate," Massey said. "I live about a mile off the beach and all we had was some limbs and furniture that blew up in the yard. The houses the street over weren't so lucky. My street was like the cut off point."
The 6-foot-2, 241-pound Massey attended the NIKE camp in Tallahassee on May 1, where he ran a 4.97 second shuttle, a 4.34 shuttle, posted a 25-inch vertical jump and had a 17-inch vertical jump.
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"I haven't been in the school yet, but I think it survived it pretty well," Massey said. "We've been practicing a little bit and we are going to play Friday. We lost Ocean Springs off our schedule, but all the other games just got pushed back two weeks. We don't start school until October 16 which will be weird."
As a junior Massey caught 46 passes for 705 yards and seven touchdowns for 15.3 yards per catch. Massey was selected all-state second team by the Mississippi Association of Coaches and was an all-South Mississippi selection by the Biloxi Sun Herald as a junior as well.
"The only school that I have talked to on the phone was Ole Miss," Massey said. "My phone has been down since the storm hit and it just started working right, but Ole Miss got through. They said they just were calling to make sure me and my family was ok."
Massey is ranked as the No. 8 player in Mississippi and the No. 9 tight end in the country by Rivals.com.