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East Central Community College tight end Jordan Thomas has committed to Mississippi State.

Mississippi State likes using the tight end. With senior tight Darrion Hutcherson moving on next year, the Bulldogs have elected to dip into the junior college ranks again and sign a talented replacement. Summrall, Mississippi native Jordan Thomas is headed to Starkville by way of East Central Community College.

East Central CC will be in playoff action tomorrow against Northwestern Community College. With a chance at a NJCAA Regional Championship on the horizon, Thomas elected to make his decision now.

"Mississippi State just makes me feel at home," Thomas said late Friday. "I just feel like going there would be the best decision for me."

At 6-6, 278 pounds the talented Thomas brings a lot to the table from a size and athletic standpoint. The Summrall High School product reports that he can help the Bulldogs as an attached tight end in tight sets or as a receiver flexed out in the slot.

"I can do either one," Thomas said. "I feel like I can do whatever they need me to do. I just want to be able to help the team."

Thomas has not had the chance to attend a Mississippi State home game this season, but he plans to attend the remaining home games.

"I have been up to Mississippi State twice this year, but those were for camps and visits," Thomas explains. "I haven't been to game yet, but I will be there for the Alabama and Ole Miss games. I am looking forward to getting up there."

Thomas' primary recruiter is Bulldog safeties' coach Tony Hughes. The talented Thomas reports that he has a strong relationship with Hughes as well as his future position coach, Coach Scott Sallach.

"I really like Coach Sallach," Thomas said. "I think he is a good coach and I am looking forward to working with him."

Thomas has recorded 16 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown on the year during the Warriors' 7-2 regular season.

Slated to graduate in December and enroll at Mississippi State in time for spring practice, Thomas is expected to take his official visit in the coming weeks with an eye on a December signing date.

Thomas is the 15th verbal commitment towards the 2016 signing class for Dan Mullen and his staff and the eighth pledge that is a product of a Mississippi High School program. 

Several college programs including Houston, Memphis, South Alabam and West Virginia among other showed varying levels of interest in the talented Thomas. 

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