Smitherman Cancels Visit

Mississippi State picked up a huge early commitment back in the spring of the 2015 recruiting cycle, when Minor High School (AL) product Maurice Smitherman pledged his collegiate allegiance to the Bulldogs. Since that time a few other schools have tried to test the level of Smitherman's commitment to the Maroon and White.

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"I was going to visit Texas Tech this weekend, but I just changed my mind about going," said Smitherman.

The Red Raiders and Gamecocks of South Carolina had talked with Smitherman about visiting their campuses officially during the month of January. Smitherman took his official visit to Mississippi State during the month of December. The Adamsonville, Alabama product had plans on early enrollment, but Smitherman came up just sort of a December graduation.

With a trip to Lubbock now canceled, Smitherman still has an invite to Columbia, South Carolina at the end of the month. That all expense paid excursion is not set in stone either. The three star standout reports that he is certain about which school he will sign with in February.

"I am 100% solid to Mississippi State," Smitherman explained. "I just talked with Coach (Deshea) Townsend a few minutes ago. I talk with him all of the time and we have a great relationship. I am looking forward to playing for him."

Over the course of the season, Smitherman has been able to forge some relationships with some of his fellow Bulldog pledges. Keith Mixon, Justin Johnson and Darryl Williams all joined Smitherman in the annual border between the All-Stars from Alabama and Mississippi.

In addition to his home state peers, Smitherman has begun to bond with some players who will be a big part of his college experience at Mississippi State.

"I have become pretty close with Chris Stamps and Jamal Peters," Smitherman said. "We talk a lot and we're all excited about getting up there. They had a great season this year and I think we all see what a great opportunity we have at Mississippi State. I feel like we all of us coming in with all they have coming back, that we can make it to the title game next year."

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