Bulldog Official Visit Recap

Mississippi State hosted ten Bulldog hopefuls this past weekend in an effort to showcase the campus and the Maroon and White experience. While nine of those ten official visitors are already firmly in the Bulldog fold, Louisville quarterback commitment Lamar Jackson spent time in Starkville to see if he may consider jumping into the Bulldog boat.

Lamar Jackson reconnected with the Mississippi State football staff shortly after the Bulldogs rose to #1 in all national football polls and junior quarterback Dak Prescott graced the cover of Sports Illustrated. Jackson remains mum on talk of his eventual decision, but based on the accounts of recruiting peers, the Bulldogs made a move. Jackson took a previous visit to Louisville and will trip to Gainesville this week to check in with the new Florida Gators' staff.

Nixa, Missouri running back, Alec Murphy reports that his visit to Starkville was extremely important to him, because unlike many of his down south peers, he has not been able to attend many Bulldog functions since committing back in August. Murphy reports that the weekend was a real learning experience.

"One of the things I thought about when I was down there talking about everything with Coach Mullen, was that I am only a D1 recruit right now," Murphy shared. "When I get in there and work hard and do what the coaches tell me, that they will develop me into a D1 athlete."

Murphy was one half of the Bulldog 2015 running back tandem on campus this weekend. Pinson Valley, Alabama running back Nick Gibson and his parents spent a lot of time enjoying the town of Starkville. Gibson's father, Dino, reports that the trip was a weekend to remember.

"Man, they showed us a wonderful time," the proud father recounted. "We enjoyed everything from the food, to the tours and the new friends. I am really excited for Nick and for all of us. I know he made the right decision."

Gibson was one of several Alabama prep stars on campus who have committed to Mississippi State. Gibson joined Hoover star Justin Johnson, Clay-Chakville big man Kendell Jones, Shades Valley speedster Keith Mixon, Aliceville High defensive end Anfernee Mullins and Bessemer City center Darryl Williams.

The state of Tennessee was represented by Baylor quarterback Nick Tiano and Signal Mountain offensive tackle Harrison Moon. The pair made the trip from east Tennessee to Starkville together and talked of turning around, while on the way back home.

Moon had discussed possibly visiting Penn State this weekend, the final weekend before signing day, but now reports that those plans are no longer on the table.

Heading into this weekend, it appears that Mississippi State will host just a handful of prospects including the state's top prospect Jamal Peters of Bassfield. Peters has spent the past two weekends in south Mississippi and it appears that his weekend trip to Starkville will be the only official excursion he takes.

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