The Bulldog "Story"

Offensive line recruitment has been a hot topic for the Mississippi State fan base throughout the 2015 recruiting cycle. While many names have been on and off of the Bulldog radar during the process, Ripley, Mississippi standout Michael Story has worked his way into an early enrollment without a lot of fanfare and hype. Quite simply, the Bulldogs pulled a fast one.

Michael Story profile

"I have just been working hard and getting ready to graduate early, so I can go on to Mississippi State for the spring," Story explained. "I haven't been doing a lot of interviews or anything like that. I've just been talking with Coach (John) Hevesy and doing my work."

The talented offensive linemen actually made his verbal commitment to the Bulldogs during the middle of December.

"Coach Hevesy offered me and then about a week later I told him that I was going to be a Bulldog," said Story. "One of the things I love about Mississippi State is that they kept their promise to me.

"Coach Hevesy told me that if I kept working hard, then things would work out and they did. He did what he told me he was going to do.

"I am looking forward to playing for him. We have a good relationship and I just like how he coaches. He is a great coach and I believe he will help me be a good college player."

Story reports that the Bulldogs have talked to him about playing offensive tackle, but he is open to wherever the team has a need.

"I am most comfortable with tackle, but I will play wherever they want me to play," said Story. "I am just ready to get up there and get to work. It always feels like a family when I go up there and they always make me feel like I am at home."

The Ripley standout is now set to begin his college career just a few weeks after finishing up his high school coursework.

"It's crazy," said Story of how things worked out. "I am ready for it. I really am. I have worked hard for this and I appreciate this chance that Mississippi State has given me."

Story becomes the third high schooler to sign their grant in aid package and enroll early in Starkville. Wide receiver Deddrick Thomas of Memphis, Tennessee and athlete Malik Dear of Jackson, Mississippi are also cleared for January enrollment.

Joining that prep trio as new Bulldog roster members are Co-Lin stars wide receiver Donald Gray, defensive end Jonathan Calvin and Mississippi Gulf Coast offensive lineman Martinas Rankin.

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