Fall Classes Bring Roster Changes

While the date may fade into memory, the events of August 17th, 2014 will stay with DeAndre Ward for a lifetime. Ward, a walk-on from Wetumpka High School (AL) has been a part of the Mississippi State football program for two seasons. After being awarded the fall camp Walk-On Most Valuable Player award, Coach Dan Mullen informed the talented Ward that he was now on the Bulldog scholarship rolls.

Ward was a lightly recruited safety prospect out of Wetumpka High School where he served as a senior team captain for Coach Chad Anderson.

Anderson has moved on to Prattville High School, but has fond memories of coaching the Bulldogs' newest scholarship player.

"He always had a good attitude and always had a smile on his face," recounted Anderson. "He was always a hard worker and he just did what was asked of him.

"DeAndre comes from a great family who always supported him and they were always real involved with whatever he had going on.

"I know how proud they are of him and I am too."

Ward had to make some moves for the benefit of the team as a senior, but did so willingly.

"We changed his position his senior year and he never complained about it," said Anderson. "He always gave us all he had no matter where we played him.

"We made the move and he just went to work and got ready to play.

"He always wanted a challenge and he was never one to look for the easy way.

"He could have walked on several places around here and had an easier path, to be honest.

"DeAndre felt like he could play at a big D1 school, so he decided to walk on over there at Mississippi State.

"I am not surprised that he's done so well and I can tell you there is not a more deserving person than DeAndre.

"We are all so proud of him and so happy to hear that he's earned a scholarship over there.

"He's worked extremely hard and he deserves every bit of this."

To Be Determined

As of this morning, the fates of Mississippi State 2014 signees Deshon Cooper and Ravian Pierce remain unsettled.

Cooper was granted a provisional clearance allowing him to work out with the Bulldog football team pending final approval from the NCAA clearing house.

While most close to the situation remain optimistic, getting the final go ahead would be a relief for all involved.

The chances of Pierce enrolling in Starkville this fall appear to be fleeting at best.

His destination this fall remains undetermined and a final decision is expected this week as waits with bags packed ready to take the next step in his football career.

Homeward Bound?

Bulldog 2014 signee Jordan Harris, an offensive tackle from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, may be on the move.

Harris was originally set to enroll at Georgia Military College, but instead relocated to the Magnolia State to play at Pearl River Community College this fall.

With the season set to begin in a matter of days, Harris appears to be battling a serious bout of home sickness.

The former three star big man is considering leaving Poplarville, Mississippi and the Wildcat football program and returning home.

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