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Mississippi State verbal Korey Charles attended his first Bulldog home game this past weekend.

Tallahassee, Florida standout Korey Charles committed to Mississippi State as the Bulldogs began their first reps of the Big Dawg camp back in July. While most of the Bulldogs 2016 commitments attended the home opener against LSU, Charles had to wait and come this past weekend to see the Dawgs knock off Northwestern State.

"It was great," Charles said of the trip. "I got a chance to meet all of the coaches this time and I got to meet a lot of the players that I didn't meet before. I got to walk around a lot and just see everything. I really had a good time getting to meet everybody and see everything."

The game day visit was the first ever for Charles who got more than a healthy does of the Mississippi State trademark cowbells.

"It was really, really loud," Charles said with a laugh. "I loved it. It was such a great atmosphere. The fans were really into it and I can't wait to go back to another game. It's exciting to think about playing down there on that field with all of those people cheering for you."

Charles and his family left Starkville with their first cowbell, which they plan to get a lot of use from over the course of the next five years. Now a senior at North Florida Christian, Charles is open to playing either side of the ball once he arrives for Bulldog duty next summer.

"They haven't really said for sure if they want me to play on offense or defense," Charles said. "I am good with either one. I like playing both, so we're just going to figure all of that out when I get up there. I think a lot of it is just going to depend on where they need me and where I fit in best."

Over the course of the last few weeks, Charles has been in regular contact with his area recruiting coach, Scott Sallach.

"Coach Sallach calls me and we just talk about everything," Charles said. "We talk about how my season is going and what is going on in my life, but he is always telling me about their practices and games. He tells me what's going on with the team and how much they want to get me up there.

"We have a good relationship and he always tells me that they want me to come to games whenever I can."

Several schools showed serious interest in Charles throughout the early months of the recruiting calendar, but now that the Sunshine state star has pledged is allegiance to Mississippi State, things have calmed down a great deal.

"Most everybody has sort of backed off since I committed," Charles said. "I still get some mail from a few other schools, but it's not like it was before. I'm solid with Mississippi State and they are pretty much the only school I'm talking to."

With his college decision now behind him, Charles is focused on his final high school season.

"We're 3-1 right now and I feel like we're doing pretty good," Charles said. "I feel like I have played pretty well, but I still have some things I want to improve on. I scored twice last week and we had a good game.

"I feel like if we keep working hard that we can have a great season. I think we have the chance to do some big things. I am excited about everything."


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