Much of this will be in tomorrow’s Journal, but I spoke with a handful of MSU commitments today: Meridian QB Tyler Russell, Meridian WR Chris Smith, Lafayette County QB Montez Phillips and Itawamba AHS DL/FB William Shumpert.

Smith and Phillips both said they will open up their recruiting again. Russell remains firm, for now. He spoke with assistant coach Reed Stringer today, and the departed Sylvester Croom spoke with him Saturday.

“(Croom) said he truly believes in the program,” Russell said. “There were some things that I guess didn’t really work out is why he had to leave or resign. That’s basically what he told me, and he said if I ever needed anything or needed somebody, I could talk to him.”

Russell has called up several fellow commitments since Croom resigned Saturday morning.

“We just talked about the situation, what’s happened up there. Right now I’m really not trying to focus on it, because we play for a state championship Friday.”