To say Tim enjoyed his visit to Mississippi State would probably be an understatement.
"Everything about the visit was great," said the 6-3, 241-pounder. "I was impressed by the facilities, the coaching staff. Everybody gave me a warm welcome. The atmosphere was great. There was love everywhere."
One of the reasons he enjoyed it so much was due to his player-host.
"Quinton Culberson hosted me. He was a great guy," said Tim. "He showed me the ropes. He just kept it real with me. I asked him personal questions about the coaches. And he told me about them from his personal point of view. He shot me straight. That made me feel real good."
The coaches also made a lasting impression on Tim.
"The first thing (the coaches) talked about was me coming back from Iraq. And everybody appreciated what I did. That made me feel good," said Tim, who spent the last two falls in Iraq with his National Guard reserve unit. "And they made me feel at home right off the bat. My recruiting coach, (assistant) Coach (Brick) Haley, he was recruiting me before I went to Iraq and I have a lot of respect for him. He told me that they would have a slot waiting on me when I got back and he was a man of his word. I respect him a lot for that. (MSU head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom, what can I say? I love him (laugh). He is a very nice guy. He doesn't sugarcoat anything. We are who we are. What you see is what you get. And that's what I like."
Why did MSU win out over scholarship offers from Ole Miss and Alabama?
"I have a lot of family up there already. That had a big part to do with it," he said. "And playing under Coach Croom and making history, that is special. I truly believe in my heart that with the recruiting class that we have coming in now and the players that we have coming back, we have a good shot to win a lot of ballgames. The chemistry and the bonding among the players and coaches was really good."
Despite not being able to play the past two seasons, Tim has no regrets and is looking forward to what lies ahead.
"Everything happens for a reason," he said. "By me going to Iraq and coming back and missing two (football) seasons, I felt God had a plan for me all along. And it's opening up now and I'm seeing it."
How would Tim describe himself as a football player?
"I'm a humble guy who is a team player. I am going to be a leader and will take charge of the defense," said Tim, who has a 41-inch vertical leap and a 4.62 forty yard dash to his credit. "I'm very calm on the field, but I also can get a little rowdy. I make tackles, make plays."
Anything that he would like to tell the Mississippi State football fans?
"Tell Mississippi State fans that I'm a Bulldog now and that this program is going to turn around," said Tim.
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