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Mississippi State verbal Cameron Dantzler talks about his unofficial visit to see the Bulldogs play LSU

Hammond, Louisiana product Cameron Dantzler pledged his collegiate allegiance to Mississippi State during the June camp sessions. The St. Thomas standout made three summer trips to Starkville, but this past Saturday night afforded the three star defensive back the chance to see his future team in person for the first time. Needless to say, Dantzler came away impressed with game day atmosphere.

"I loved it," Dantzler said of the wild and supportive crowd. "I had never been there for a game before, so this was my first time to hear the cowbells and all of that. The fan base was really into the game and really supportive of the team. It was really exciting."

Before the Bulldogs lined up for the kickoff, Dantzler was able to spend some time visiting with the Mississippi State players and coaches. 

"I got a chance to talk to all of the coaches and most of the players," Dantzler said. "It means a lot to me that they would make time out for me before they go play a big game like that. They really make me feel wanted. They make me feel like they want me down there and that they are happy to have me."

The Bulldogs came up just short of knocking off the Tigers, but Danztler left with a positive impression of the Bulldogs. 

"We made a lot of mistakes in the first half," Dantzler said. "I feel like we had some problems tackling the running backs and wide receivers. In the second half, all of that was better. We played a lot better and the defense made some plays. 

"I feel like we're still going to have a great season and we should have won the game. It was exciting and it makes me excited to get up there and be out there next year."

Slated to graduate in the spring, Dantzler is working hard to help his current team to some big things this fall.

"We're 2-0 and things are going pretty good," Dantzler explained. "I feel like I am playing pretty well and I am healthy now. We have some big games coming up and we're working hard to get ready."

The south Louisiana native plans to make more trips to Starkville to support the Bulldogs this fall. He also reports that Bulldog fans can rest assured that his college recruitment is over.

"I am completely solid," Dantzler said. "I am happy with my decision and going up there to see the game only made me feel better about everything. I know I made the right decision and I am excited about being a Bulldog."

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