Wilkinson County’s Voorhies gets national recognition

Published 12:01am Wednesday, February 13, 2013

woodville — The already large bull’s eye on Devin Voorhies back will be even larger next season.

The Wilkinson County High School all-purpose athlete is getting national recognition by recruiting services. Voorhies is considered the No. 1 prospect in Mississippi for the 2014 by 247Sports, and is ranked No. 52 in the nation overall. Rivals.com recently ranked No. 148 in its top 250 prospects.

Voorhies, an LSU commit, is considered a four-star prospect by both services. With all the recognition, he said it feels good to be considered among the nation’s best.

“I feels like my hard work is paying off,” Voorhies said.

At the same time, the quarterback/defensive back said he’s not paying much attention to the chatter of being No. 1 overall by 247Sports.

“I don’t really have any thoughts (on that),” Voorhies said. “It just means I’m doing good at what I’m doing. It really doesn’t mean anything (else).”

While he said he understands the bull’s eye has gotten bigger, Voorhies also said he doesn’t feel any added pressure because of the recognition.

“I don’t think about that at all,” he said. “They know I’m No. 1, so that means every one wants to be there, so they’re coming after the No. 1 player.”

If there’s one thing that does irk him ever so slightly, it’s the constant phone calls from recruiting services, Voorhies said.

“Very often,” Voorhies said about how often the services call him. “It’s Ok, but sometimes it gets kind of annoying.”

Voorhies committed to LSU last summer after visiting its campus, and he described his commitment as “very solid.”

“I’m supposed to go to Junior Day (Feb.) 16th,” Voorhies said. “I don’t know if I’ll take any other visits (to other schools) yet.”

As for why he likes the Tigers so much, Voorhies said it’s because of LSU’s yearly aspirations to win a national title. He also said he doesn’t mind whichever position he ends up playing in college.

“Everyone works hard; it’s no-nonsense,” Voorhies said. “Everyone has one mindset, which is to win the BCS. I’ll play wherever I’m needed — there’s no preference.”

Voorhies and the rest of the Wildcats’ basketball team are set to play in the MHSAA Region 7-3A tournament Thursday as the No. 1 seed. But Voorhies said he’s already looking ahead to the fall.

“After basketball season, I’ll be back in the weight room working with the team,” he said. “I’m very eager (to get back). I’ll be glad when basketball is over with.”