Calvin Remains Locked In

Mississippi State will lose three starters from their defensive line once the 2014 season comes to an end. Co-Lin standout Jonathan Calvin plans to arrive in Starkville and fill one of those spots this coming spring. While another SEC team remains in touch with him, the Jackson, Mississippi product reports that he still plans to sign with the home state Bulldogs.

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"I talk with Coach (Turner) and Coach (Tony) Hughes all of the time. I talked to Coach Turner today," said Calvin. "They want me to come in there next year and play in the same spot that Preston Smith is playing in this year.

"I am looking forward to it and I feel like I have a chance to help the team."

The Bulldogs edged out Auburn for Calvin's commitment earlier this year, but the Tigers remain in pursuit of the three star standout.

"Auburn is still in touch with me," said Calvin. "I have been to a game out there and I have been to Mississippi State too.

"I am still hearing from Auburn, but I am not trying to do anything. I am still solid with State."

Calvin has been a disruptive force this fall at Co-Lin, but injuries have slowed his production down just a bit in the second half of the season.

"I have been working through a little shoulder injury the past two-and-a-half games," explained Calvin. "I have been playing less, because of it.

"It's getting better now and I should be close to 100% by the time we play the championship game."

The NJCAA Region 23 title game takes place in two weeks. Before Calvin and the Wolfpack of Co-Lin can get to the point, they have to get by north half two seed Northwest Community college.

"We watched some film on them today," said Calvin. "They are a good team and we plan to work hard for them this week.

"I don't know that much about them, but anybody in the playoffs is going to be tough."

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