Dear Meets with Mullen

With Dan Mullen set to attend the Conerly Trophy presentation with Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott, Mullen made use of the trip to Jackson to visit with Bulldog pledge Malik Dear. Dear, a long time Bulldog verbal, starred at Murrah High School in Jackson for four years. Moments ago, Dear heard about what he can expect in Starkville this weekend and beyond.

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"Coach Mullen and Coach (Greg) Knox just left," said Dear. "I mean they just pulled away. I had a great time talking with them. They stayed a little over an hour and they talked to me about my visit and about coming up there in January.

"I didn't have a lot of questions, but we had a good visit."

Dear is headed to Starkville this weekend to be a part of the first post season official visit weekend.

"They are supposed to have a practice Saturday morning and I am ready to see that," said Dear. "I want to see how everything is going to go and where they plan on using me and all of that.

"They told me that I am going to be hanging around with the players a lot this weekend and I am excited about that. I want to be able to see how they do things and just learn how it really is up there all of the time."

Dear believes the the Mississippi State football program is ready to take the next step and that the 2014 season is a sign of big things to come in Starkville.

"They had a great season this year and I think we have the chance to be even better next year," Dear explained. "I feel like I can go in this next year and make a contribution. I feel like we have some players that can come in this year and take some pressure off of Dak (Prescott).

"I know he made some big plays this year, but I feel like with more play makers around him that he can do more and that it is going to make us even harder to defend."

Dear picked up offers from some of the top teams in the Southeastern Conference, but he has remained True Maroon throughout the recruiting process. With just a few weeks left before his January enrollment at Mississippi State, Dear reports that he is not in contact with any other programs.

"Oh, I am completely solid," said Dear. "Mississippi State is where I am going and this weekend after my visit, it will just be about finishing up with school and then getting ready to get up there. Everything is going good and I am just ready to get up there and get to work with the team."

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