Running for the Bulldogs

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are having a good week on the recruiting trail. Earlier today, FCAHS running back Dontavian Lee elected to make a public declaration about his college plans. The hard charging Lee has worn the maroon and white for the Aggies of Forrest County throughout his high school career. That color scheme is one he should be used to.

Emerging as one of the top backs in the state of Mississippi, Dontavian Lee was high on the radar of in-state schools. However, Starkville, MS is where Lee will call home for the next four years.

"I'm very excited; I really think it was time," said Lee.

The 2014 commit said his family helped and supported him in this process.

"Me and my mom have been talking about it for like two weeks now, and I felt that it was time to make a decision," Lee stated.

Multiple aspects of Mississippi State stood out to Lee early in the recruiting process.

"I like everything. I like the coaching staff, the facilities and everything about it," said Lee. "I have a really good relationship with Coach Hughes. He calls and we don't just talk about anything, we talk about the right things."

The coaching staff has Mississippi State has done a good job of making Lee feel like a priority thus far, and he says that is something that played a large factor into his decision.

"We talk about grades, and he really cares about me as an individual. That's how all the coaching staff is; it's a family up there," Lee stated.

Aside from his relationship with the Coaches, one physical factor has Lee chomping at the bit to run the ball for the Maroon and White.

"The towering offensive line. I'm a running back, so I want to go to a team that can run the ball, and with them they can run the ball," said Lee.

Above all, Dontavian Lee, like so many others in the Magnolia state wanted to represent his roots.

"I just wanted to stay close to home. Every running back wants to play in the SEC, and when I can do both, that's what sold me," Lee said.

With this decision behind him, Lee can now focus on another goal of his in the fall.

"It will help a lot I won't have to worry about the decision; I can just focus on my senior season," Lee said.

Scouting report: Lee is easily one of the most exciting running backs in the state.

Lee has the strength to grind out the hard yards between the tackles and the speed to outrun the safety once he breaks containment.

He is rather polished and well rounded compared to most of his in state peers. Playing at FCAHS, Lee has learned the importance of his own blocking assignments and to be a weapon out of the backfield as a receiver.

He has a tendency to run a little high at times, but that is easily remedied.

Playing a run first offense, Lee should have the chance to put up some big numbers as a senior.

Carew Ferguson and Steve Robertson both contributed to this report

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