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South Panola star Drelan Porter talks about his commitment to Mississippi State

Mississippi State picked up a big commitment today in more ways than one. The Bulldogs nabbed Drelan Porter of South Panola high school this morning. Porter reports that Coach Dan Mullen and his staff simply outworked the other programs in contention.

"Mississippi State just showed me the most love," Porter said. "Nobody else was showing me anything like them. I was being recruited by some other schools, but Misisssippi State just knows how to treat a person. They make you feel like you're already home every time you go over there."

Porter picked up the phone this morning and contacted one of the Mississsippi State coaches he has looked up to most of his life, South Panola super star DeShea Townsend.

"I called Coach Townsend this morning and told him that I was ready to commit," Porter said. "He was excited and told me that they were happy to have me. He was happy."

Porter plays defensive end in high school, but could make the move to linebacker on the next level. His projected position in the Mississippi State program remains a matter of discussion.

"I am not sure if they want me to play defensive end or linebacker. I can play them both," Porter said. "They are going to figure all of that out when I get up there. It doesn't really matter to me. I like both of them."

Over the course of the past few years, Porter and his South Panola Tiger family have been able to cheer for Mississippi State safety Kendrick Market who has always been willing to be Porter's man on the inside of the Bulldog program.

Now it appears that future South Panola Tigers will have a rooting interest when Mississippi State takes the field. 

"I am happy with my decision," Porter said. "Mississippi State just seems like the right school for me. The final ones was Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss, but Coach Townsend and Mississippi State just made me feel like that was the right place for me. They just showed more love than anybody else."

South Panola head football coach Lance Pogue believes Porter can be a special college football player. 

"You know, he's a little undersized for for a defensive end right now," Pogue said. "He's 6-4, 210 pounds, but he is an amazing pass rusher. He just has a tremendous first step and what a lot of people don't realize is that he's a 4.64 40 guy. With his speed and his first step, he is just a devastating pass rusher."

Pogue believes that Porter could play as a linebacker or as a defensive end on the next level depending on how he grows and how he fills out.

"I think he could be an outside linebacker, but I think he's going to end up being somewhere around 240 pounds," Pogue said. "I think he just has an unlimited future. I'm excited to see what he can get into. For us, he's been a great player and he's just a great kid. He's a fun loving kid who has worked real hard for us. We're real proud of him."

Porter is the 15th verbal commitment towards Mississippi State's 2016 signing class and the eight verbal pledge for the class that is the product of Mississippi High School. 

Scout currently ranks Porter as 55th best outside linebacker in the country. The Batesville, Mississippi native reports offer from Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and UAB.

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