Dear Makes Return Trip to Starkville

Malik Dear is no stranger to Mississippi State. The Murrah High star has spent a lot of time in Starkville getting to know more about the Bulldogs. On Saturday, Dear made the familiar drive up highway 25 to Starkville to see the 2014 Bulldogs in action in one of the team's spring practice sessions.The four star reports that he had another positive experience with the Mississippi State coaches.

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"I enjoyed going up there and seeing them practice," said Dear. "I went up there by myself this time and it was the first time I got to see them practice."

Dear reports that he enjoyed getting the behind the scenes look at Mississippi State.

"The main thing I liked about the practice was that they were having fun out there," said Dear. "They were getting their work in, but it wasn't just hard work all of the time.

"They were having fun and I liked seeing that."

Dear's access to the Bulldog practice sessions were not limited to the positional and team drills.

"I got a chance to go into the special teams meeting and the receivers' meeting," said Dear. "I got to see how they do everything and how the coaches coach and all of that.

"I had a good time and I am glad I went."

In addition to being an interested onlooker during the day's activities, Dear was treated like a welcomed guest.

"I got to talk some with Coach (Dan) Mullen, Coach (Billy) Gonzales and Coach (Greg) Knox and most of the other coaches came over to talk with me," said Dear. "They are always telling me how much they want me up there, but they aren't pressuring me.

"They are just making me feel welcomed and they aren't pushing me."

Dear is considering taking an unofficial visit to Ole Miss to see the Rebels in action during the spring, but he has not finalized a date for that trip.

There had been some discussion about Dear making a decision around signing day, but that time frame appeared to be changing.

Now the scout National 300 member is now back in the frame of mind where a post season decision may be the way to go.

"I am thinking about waiting until signing day," said Dear. "I am just going to take my time with everything and be sure about my decision."


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