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Fayette County Head coach Lance Tucker talks about his talented offensive lineman and Mississippi State commitment Dee Nalls

Mississippi State verbal Dee Nalls has been verbally committed to the Bulldogs for over a year. In that time, Nalls has had the chance to get familiar with the 75 mile drive from Fayette, Alabama to Starkville, Mississippi State. Nalls' head football coach, Lance Tucker of Fayette County High School, will likely make the drive a few times himself to see his talented big man in action as Bulldog football player.

"This is his fourth year starting for us," Tucker said of Nalls. "He has started every game for four years and we expect a lot out of him just because of his athletic ability. We probably expect a little too much out of him. At the same time, in the last two weeks I believe he's turned a corner. He's just been unbelievable for us the past two weeks.

"I think he has done an unbelievable job for us. He has for four years, but I think he's beginning to reach his expectations and the things we expect from him.

"He's going to be an unbelievable college player, because he has the physical tools that God have him that not everybody has."

On the high school level this season, Nalls has lined up at tackle, guard and even defensive end. While trying to fill as many need as he can for the Tigers of Fayette County, the talented big man projects as an offensive guard for the Bulldogs.

"I think right now he is going to have to play guard or maybe center in college," Tucker said. "He is our back-up center right now. We've worked with him some there, because we think that might be where he plays on the next level. He has the ability to play anywhere.  He could play on defense if he needed to.

"He's still just a young kid who has a lot of athletic ability. He could have had another year in high school. He's just 18 years old. He still has some growing up to do and I think he's just going to be a heck of a player on the next level."

In addition to being a solid contributor on the football field, Tucker reports that Nalls is a positive member of the Fayette County family.

"He's just unbelievable," Tucker said. "You don't even have to ask that about him or any of our kids. All of our kids know how to act. We can still be kids, but they know how to act. We can jerk them back in line if we need to, but they know what's expected of them.

"Dee Nalls might be the top citizen in Fayette, Alabama. He's just a great young man."

Dan Mullen and his staff got on Nalls very early and secured his commitment at the 2014 Big Dawg camp. Since that time, Nalls has taken in some camping trips to other schools and fielded calls from other programs. The Bulldogs have hung on and still count Nalls' among their pledges for the 2016 signing class.

"Everybody is still trying to get their foot in the door with him," Tucker said. "They see his athletic ability and they are interested, but he's rock solid with State and they seem to be rock solid with him. Our job is just to get them out of here and help them better themselves if they can. We want them to get a good education and go on to be productive citizens. 

"We never really cared about where he goes, we're just happy that he has this opportunity and we know that he is going to make the most of it."

Nalls is one of fourteen players currently committed to the 2016 signing class for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are expected to sign several offensive line prospects on National Signing Day come February. 

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