McLaurin Honored with All-Star selection

The Mississippi Association of Coaches announced three All-Star teams earlier today and Mark McLaurin was happy to have his name on one of those rosters. The Collins, Mississippi native was hopeful he would have the chance to play in the border war against the All-Stars from Alabama, but was still happy to find himself selected for the Bernard Blackwell classic.

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"I was hoping to make the MS/AL game, but I am honored to be selected to play in any of the All-Star games," said McLaurin. "It's a real blessing to have the chance to be recognized as an an All-Star and have a chance to keep playing.

"There are a lot of people who don't get picked and they don't get that extra game when the season ends.

"There are a lot of people who didn't get picked who would love to have this opportunity."

McLaurin was one of a dozen Mississippi State verbals selected by the MAC for All-Star participation and one of four for the Bernard Blackwell classic.

Bay Springs star Jonnas Spivey will join McLaurin on the South roster, while Dontea Jones of Louisville and Tim Washington of Yazoo City will represent the north squad.

With so many Bulldog commitments selected as All-Stars, McLaurin believes that a lot of the better players in the Magnolia State are headed to Starkville.

"We have a great class coming together," said McLaurin. "I am so glad so many of us got picked.

"We know what we're all a part of and we're looking to get up to Mississippi State and help build something together."

McLaurin plans to be in Starkville this weekend to see the #3 Bulldogs host the #2 Auburn Tigers.

"I am looking forward to getting back up there this weekend," said McLaurin. "I watched them on TV last week and I though their defense played great.

"It was a good game and it was fun to watch.

"I could tell after the first game I saw this year, that they had a chance to be really good this year.

"I thought they might be a top ten team, but now I think they have a chance to win a national championship.

"I was already excited about the future at Mississippi State, but all of this just makes me more excited about my decision."

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