Big Dawg: Mark McLaurin

Collins standout Mark McLaurin was one of the first players in the state of Mississippi to earn an offer from Mississippi State for the 2015 signing class. McLaurin has made several trips to Starkville to see what the Bulldog have to offer. McLaurin's most recent trip was for the Bulldogs' Big Dawg camp where the talent level and competition were both intense.

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McLaurin was on hand as his friends, Jamal Peters and Jonnas Spivey, committed to Mississippi State, which in many ways put McLaurin on the clock in the eyes of many.

"It was great to see my brothers come up here and commit to Mississippi State," said McLaurin. "It might end up being a big blessing if we can all come up here and play together.

"That might happen if I decide to commit to Mississippi State."

McLaurin reports that the chance to play with so many players that he has a bond with makes Starkville an attractive option for his college future.

"It really puts Mississippi State at the top," said McLaurin. "We've all talked about going and playing ball together at the same school.

"They are really showing me a lot of interest and I know Mississippi State needs safeties.

"That's what they are recruiting me as, so that's something important to me."

McLaurin is one of several talented players in the Mississippi pinebelt.

The Collins Tiger reports that he takes a lot of pride in the fact that his region is producing so many quality college football prospects.

"We are putting on a show this year," said McLaurin of south Mississippi. "We want people to know that we're down there and that we have good football players, but we want to try to do something to help the younger guys coming up too, so people will know we still have talent."

With his summer travels now over, McLaurin plans to focus his full energy on Collins High in the classroom and on the gridiron.

"I think we're going to be really good this year," said McLaurin. "We didn't really lose anybody and I believe our new quarterback is going to step up and do great things.

"I like being able to play both sides of the football and I feel like I can have a big role at receiver and DB.

"I think I can have more of an impact now."

McLaurin still has some thinking to do when it comes to his college future and those deliberations may continue into the season.

"I am thinking about doing it this summer," said McLaurin of making his commitment. "If I am not 100% ready, I will probably wait until the season."

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