Calvin At Ease

Mississippi State won a hard fought recruiting battle against Auburn for the services of Co-Lin defensive end Jonathan Calvin. While Calvin did take an unofficial game day visit to the plains during the season, the only official visit the talented edge rusher took was to Mississippi State. With his signing now behind him, Calvin looks ahead towards an SEC future.

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"I feel like a big weight has been lifted from my shoulders," said Calvin of his signing. "I am glad that everything is over and behind me now."

While Calvin has known for sometime where he would play the remaining two seasons of his college career, his decision was reinforced last weekend when he took his official visit to Mississippi State.

"I had a great time up there," said Calvin. "I had already been to Starkville a few times, but this was my parents first time to visit. They loved it.

"We got to meet with all of the coaches and we got to watch some film with the defensive line coach (David Turner) and talk more about my position and my role on the defense."

Calvin was also able to gain some inside information from his official visit host, sophomore Chris Jones.

"Chris is a great guy," said Calvin. "He told me about what all they do, but I already knew. It's going to be a lot of work. He told me what to expect and that I need to be ready to come in ready get to work."

The Bulldog staff did their report to touch on the same talking points when Calvin had his positional meetings and one-on-one interaction with Coach Dan Mullen.

Calvin was one of three junior college players who inked with the Bulldogs this past Wednesday. Teammate Donald Gray and regional for Martinas Rankin of Mississippi Gulf Coast CC also signed on with the Bulldogs.

"I never got to play against Martinas," said Calvin. "I was hurt a lot this year and I missed both of the games that we played them. He's a good player though. I am looking forward to being on the same team with him.

"Donald Gray is a great football player. He is one of the most consistent football players I have ever seen. He gives you the same game every game no matter who we play. I have never seen him have a bad game."

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