Pickens Shines in Starkville

Mississippi State wrapped up their June camp sessions on Saturday with a very talented group of college football hopefuls. One up and comer who emerged throughout the day was Memphis University School wide receiver Thomas Pickens. Pickens has a handful of early options and is working for ever more offers as the countdown to fall camp begins.

"I have offers from Memphis, MTSU (Middle Tennessee) Troy, Appalachian State, Marshall, Miami of Ohio, Air Force, Army and I think that's it so far," Pickens said. "Mississippi State told me that they loved my 40 time and a lot of the coaches are talking good about me, so we'll see what happens."

Pickens spent some time taking reps at both receiver and safety. The Memphis, Tennessee product reports that he is up for either challenge on the next level.

"I don't really have a preference," Pickens said. "I like playing both of them. I just want to be on the field."

While Pickens does not have an offer to Mississippi State, he gained some insight on what it would be like to be a Bulldog by working with the MSU coaches on Saturday.

"It was really fun," Pickens said. "I learned some different drills that we don't do in high school. We learned a lot of good footwork stuff. It was a really good experience. I learned some things that I can take back to the team. We have a lot of young guys, so I can take these drills back them and help them get better."

The recruiting process continues to roll ahead for the talented Pickens. Mississippi State is having to be very selective this recruiting cycle due to a very small senior class. Pickens reports that if he earned an offer from the Bulldogs that it could be a game changer.

"A an offer from Mississippi State would mean a lot to me," Pickens said. "Most of my family is from Tupelo, about an hour away. My brother, Jonathan Bell, went here initially. If I got the chance to play here, it would be great. It just has a home type feel for me."

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