When PCS football coach Derek White arrived in Hattiesburg last April, he was soon introduced to Camp Tice, one of only four seniors the Bobcats returned for his first season at the helm. A 6-foot-4, 165 pound outside linebacker and tight end, Tice was described by White as long and rangy, and also a “spaghetti noodle”.
A week ago, Tice was offered the opportunity after meeting Bulldog assistant coach Tony Hughes, a former assistant at Hattiesburg High School and Southern Miss.
“He [Hughes] was sold on him as soon as they met,” White said. “He heard about him, watched his film and met him, and he was like, ‘You’re my guy’.”
Tice made it official with Mississippi State on Wednesday, putting pen to paper alongside family, coaches and teammates.
“I’m super pumped, excited and ready to get at it,” he said. “Whenever they call me up there, I’m ready to go.”
White believes Tice is set up to succeed in Starkville.
“He’s got really good hands,” White said. “He’s gotta fill out and get a little better in the blocking game, but he’s a big guy. And whatever you do, you can’t create 6-foot-4. He’s got a height factor that can work for him, and he’s just a great kid.”