Smitherman Talks Mullen In Home

Mississippi State won an important recruiting battle earlier this year when the Bulldogs gained the verbal pledge of Minor High (AL) standout corner Maurice Smitherman. Smitherman had dozens of offers, but opted to stay closer to home and play for Dan Mullen's Bulldogs in the SEC's wild western division. That pair had a chance to discuss the future lat night when Mullen stopped in for a visit.

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"Coach Mullen and Coach (Geoff) Collins came last night and visited with me and my family," said Smitherman. "They stayed about two hours and we talked about my official visit and about my future up there at Mississippi State.

"The visit really went well and I had a good time talking with them."

Smitherman is set to take his official visit to Starkville this weekend to learn more about what to expect once he joins the Mississippi State active roster.

"I am expecting to have a lot of fun and just enjoy being around the players," said Smitherman. "I get excited thinking about all of that and I want to get to know all of them, since we are going to be working together and trying to win games together."

With an enrollment date now set for January, Smitherman is looking forward to the spring semester with a new lease on his athletic and academic life.

"I made the decision to graduate early pretty late," said Smitherman. "We got everything worked out and I am going to be able to be there in the spring to work out and practice with all of the older players.

"It is going to be a different situation for me, but I am ready to get to work and learn all I can from them."

The Bulldog coaches shared a little about what to expect once Smitherman reports for active duty next season.

"Coach Mullen told me that he likes players who work hard and that they know I like to work," said Smitherman. "He told me that he is going to need me to work harder than I have ever worked before, so that I can be ready to contribute.

"Coach Mullen said that they have an opening at corner next year and that I would have to work for that. He said that he is glad that I am going to be there in the spring, so that I can learn the plays and get used to being up there.

"Coach Collins was there and we have a great relationship. Coach Mullen did most of the talking, but Coach Collins told me that he was proud of me and that he was expecting big things from me. He said he expects me to come in there and play a major role."

Smitherman is expected to take his official visit to Mississippi State along with fellow early enrollments Malik Dear and Deddrick Thomas with more names possibly joining the list before the weekend.

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