The three star offensive guard explained why he chose the Bulldogs in an exclusive interview.
"They've recruited me the hardest," said Derouen of the Bulldogs. "I like what they bring the table as a University and it's in the SEC."
Mississippi State currently sits at 27 verbal commitments for the 2015 signing class.
Derouen admits that the number of remaining openings played a part in his decision making process.
"There were two spots left," explained Derouen of the OL crop. "To have a chance like this wouldn't have happened anywhere else.
It's also a chance to be a part of an amazing family that will change Mississippi State."
The Bulldogs had been in a strong position for several weeks when it came to Derouen's pecking order.
A recent trip to see some extended family helped the talented interior offensive lineman make a move towards a decision.
"I knew when I took a trip down to Louisiana and talked with all of my family," said Derouen. "Then I went and prayed on it and it was the right decision.
"My family all told me congrats and that this is just the top of the iceberg.
"They told me to stay humble and take advantage of the blessings I have."
The excitement was not limited to the Derouen family.
When the call came into Starkville, the good sentiment spread throughout the Mississippi State football offices.
"Coach (Dan) Mullen was excited," reported Derouen. "He told me he was glad I jumped on board and that he can't wait til I get there next year.
"All of this took a lot of weight off my shoulders.
"Now I can just focus on (high) school ball and get myself better as I prepare to be a Bulldog."