Still State Strong

Malik Dear is one of Mississippi's most explosive play makers. The four star standout committed to Mississippi State earlier this year and has stood strong in that pledge ever since. Dear reports that he will be back in Starkville this Friday as the stars collide at Mississippi State's Big Dawg camp.

Malik Dear profile

"I went to Big Dawg last year, but I didn't really know what to expect," said Dear. "I was really just coming in to get a work out in since I was coming off of a little injury.

"This year, I am ready to show everybody what I can do."

Dear reports that his efforts this summer have intensified as the season opener approaches.

"Honestly, I feel like I'm a little bit ahead of everybody else, because I haven't taken any days off," said Dear. "I'm down to 210 now.

"I was over 220, but I am down to 210 and I would like to get down to about 200 maybe even 195.

"I'll be ready when the season starts."

Dear held the Bulldogs as his favorite school a long time before committing to join Dan Mullen and his staff's program.

Since that time, a few other schools have tried to remain in the race, but Dear reports that for all intents and purposes his recruitment is over.

"It would take a lot for me to change my mind," explained Dear. "I talk to Mississippi State about every other day and I am happy with my decision.

"I know that's the best place for me.

"I just feel at home every time I go up there and I like all of the coaches."

The Jackson-Murrah standout reports that he is just beginning to aid in the Bulldogs' recruiting efforts.

"I haven't done a whole lot of recruiting, because I have been working on myself and going to summer school," said Dear. "I have a plan to help though.

"I was just talking to Johnathan Calvin last week about what he was going to do and he told me that he's not sure yet.

"We're friends and former teammates, so I told him that he needed to come up there with me.

"I don't know for sure what he's going to do, but I think if he has a good time at the Big Dawg camp that me might just go ahead and commit."

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