McLaurin Talks About Being A State Champion

Collins High School senior Mark McLaurin, a Mississippi State commitment, talks about helping lead his team to the Mississippi 3A state championship over Charleston High School Saturday at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.

  • Name: Mark McLaurin
  • Classification: 2015
  • High School: Collins (MS) High School
  • Position: Safety
  • HT: WT: 6-foot-2.5, 200
  • Ranking: 3-Star
  • Schools Of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

  • Collins had to make a comeback after getting down 17-6 at the half.

    "In the first half we weren't on the same page," said McLaurin. "We went in at halftime and regrouped and said that we just had to play football."

    Collins did that very thing, coming back in the second half and taking a 20-17 lead midway in the 4th quarter. But Charleston scored the tying points on a 25-yard field goal with six seconds left in the quarter to put the game into overtime.

    "We came out here and played four quarters of football and had to do a little extra," said McLaurin. "It all worked out for the good."

    McLaurin took it on his shoulders in the overtime to make sure his team won, scoring the game-winning TD on an 8-yard pass from Detric Hawthorn, and then recording a tackle for a 4-yard loss on third down.

    "All the honor and glory goes to God, my team and my coach," said McLaurin. "I couldn't have done it without them."

    What made the victory even more special to McLaurin was earning it on his future home, Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.

    "When I found out that we were coming here, it was an unbelievable feeling," said McLaurin. "The only thing that was on my mind was that we had to come, play ball and make sure we won."

    The day before, another Bulldog commitment, Bassfield's Jamal Peters, also won a state championship in the same stadium. Both Peters and McLaurin have become good friends since committing to Mississippi State.

    "We have become really close," said McLaurin. "We are like brothers now. We made a promise that we would lead our teams to a victory here, then make it to Starkville and try to do the same thing. I hope to come back here and get a national championship."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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