Eiland Commits to Mississippi State

Mississippi State is set to begin fall practice on Monday, but the Bulldogs collected a big piece of the future today literally and figuratively when Philadelphia High School offensive tackle Greg Eiland pledged his allegiance to the Maroon and White. A three star standout, Eiland becomes the latest in a recent string of very solid commitment for Dan Mullen and his staff.

After a long conversation with Mississippi State's Dan Mullen following the Big Dawg camp on July 17th, the Bulldogs took a commanding lead in Eiland's recruitment. After spending some time talking things over with his mother, Eiland elected to accept the offer from Mississippi State.

"I just feel like Mississippi State is the best place for me," Eiland said. "It's not that far from home and I feel like the coaches there can push me to get the best out of me as a player and a person. I think that they have the coaching staff that can help get the to NFL someday. They want me up there and that means a lot."

Eiland and his mother have spent a lot of time considering all options, but in the end found Mississippi State most to their liking.

"My mom and my whole family and are excited about me going to Mississippi State," Eiland said. "They are glad that I am going to be closer to home and that they can come to all of my games.

"Mississippi State has a great football program and I am excited to have a chance to be a part of that."

One of the main factors in Eiland's recruitment was his relationship with Bulldog offensive line coach John Hevesy.

"I really like Coach Hevesy a lot," Eiland said. "We have a great relationship and he really makes me feel wanted there. He is a great offensive line coach and he is getting a lot of players to the next level. I believe he can help me do that too."

The ups and downs of the recruiting process should subside a great deal now that Eiland has made his decision. The talented big man is now free to focus on his senior season.

"I am relieved to have all of this behind me, so I can just focus on my senior season," Eiland said. "I think we have the chance to have a good year. We are going to be a little young on defense, but we are going to be a playoff team and then anything can happen then.

"Now that I know where I am going I can quit thinking about all of that and just enjoy my senior year and get ready for the next level. I am excited about everything."

Eiland chose Mississippi State over offers from Jacksonville State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Ole Miss, San Diego State, Southern Miss, Texas and Troy among others.

The Philadelphia, Mississippi product is the 15th member of the Mississippi State 2016 class. He is one of eight current verbals to have played their high school careers in the Magnolia State.

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