North Jackson’s Lee Witherspoon has made his choice.
The record-setting running back announced Tuesday on Facebook that he has committed to play college football at Mississippi State University.
The Facebook post included a photo of Witherspoon in a Mississippi State uniform with the words “This is Home” across it.
In the post, Witherspoon thanked God for his opportunity to play collegiately. Mississippi State, he wrote, “showed so much love that it was like home to me. After speaking with my parents about it, I decided I wanted to be a MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDAWG! I can proudly say today I committed to Mississippi State & very proud of my decision. I would like to say thanks to my mother, father, brother, sister and supportive family members, friends, coaches and fans who show me nothing but love. #HailState.”
Witherspoon had a record-setting season for North Jackson.
A three-star prospect according to 247Sports.com, Witherspoon ran for a school-record 2,846 yards on 148 carries (19.3 yards per carry) and totaled a state-record 53 rushing touchdowns. The Parker transfer scored a state-record 59 touchdown in all this season for the Chiefs, who averaged 56.4 points per game, went 11-1 and won the Class 4A Region 7 championship.
Witherspoon is rated by 247Sports.com as Alabama’s No. 44 prospect and the nation’s No. 75 running back prospect for the Class of 2019.
Witherspoon, who finished second in the Class 4A 100-meter dash last spring, had never played running back prior to arriving at North Jackson last spring from Birmingham’s Parker High School, where he played defensive back and wide receiver. The 6-foot, 180-pound Witherspoon has been selected to play in next month’s Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Montgomery.
Witherspoon chose Mississippi State over offers from Virginia Tech, UAB, Troy, Louisville, Alabama A&M, Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee and Tulane.