Five-star prospect Renardo Sidney has signed his letter of intent and is headed back to his home state.
Sidney has signed with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. This afternoon the MSU sports information department confirmed that the school had received Sidney's signed letter of intent.
"I thought Mississippi State was a great team for me and a chance to go back home and play where I have a lot of family," Sidney told Rivals.com. "It will be nice to get out of L.A., where everyone is hating, and go down south and get focused."
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound power forward from Los Angeles Fairfax High School committed to USC in February. However, he never signed a letter of intent with the Trojans, and then USC became concerned with questions surrounding Sidney's amateur status. With USC already embroiled with concerns over former athletes such as Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo, the institution decided to part ways with Sidney.
Sidney visited Mississippi State last weekend.
Back in the spring of 2005, Sidney burst onto the national scene at the Kingwood Classic as a rising freshman out of Mississippi. Sidney later moved to Los Angeles and attended Artesia High School before transferring to Fairfax.
Sidney, who is the No. 16-ranked prospect in the Rivals150, is the fifth member of the Mississippi State 2009 recruiting class.
Renardo Sidney scouting report:
Sidney has the size, athleticism and skill to be an elite player when he is in proper physical condition. He has 3-point shooting range and is an excellent ballhandler and passer. The lingering question concerning his game is his physical conditioning.