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Greenwood High School defensive end Marquiss Spencer talks about his recruitment.

Greenwood, Mississippi defensive end Marquiss Spencer was considered one of the top in state prospects in the Magnolia State for the 2017 talent pool. Spencer put in the extra work and was able to reclass for the 2016 signing period and graduate from high school this spring. With his "senior" season winding down, Spencer is getting serious about his college recruitment.

Several college programs, including Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and others, have shown interest in signing the talented Spencer. With a maximum two high school games left in his prep career, Spencer has an established leader.

"Mississippi State is really standing out right now," Spencer said. "I just like their program. I love their defense and how hard they play. I feel like I would be a good fit for their defense."

The 6-5, 230 pounder reports that of the schools recruiting him that he has the best relationship with the Bulldog coaching staff.

"I really like all of the coaches down there," Spencer said. "I feel like they have a good relationship with all of their players. I like watching them coach and how they treat their players. You can tell that's just one big family over there."

While the Bulldogs are the team to beat, Spencer reports that he is not quite ready to make a decision and put an end to the recruiting process.

"I am probably going to wait and do something after the season," Spencer explained. "I am just trying to focus on my team right now."

Spencer's team, the Bulldogs of Greenwood High School, will host the defending 4A state champion Noxubee County Tigers this weekend in the north state championship. Spencer reports that this match-up is one he hoped to see.

"This is a rematch game for us," Spencer said. "They beat us last year and put us out of the playoffs. We have a better team this year and we are looking forward to playing the m again. I know they have a great team and that they have Jeffery Simmons to really pump them up."

The Bulldogs enter the contest 12-1 on the season. GHS knocked off Kosciusko 23-22 in an absolute thriller. Spencer scored what proved to be the game winner on a trick play.

"I knew that I had to get into the end zone," Spencer said. "I knew it was a do or die thing. If we were going to keep playing, then I was going to have to get in there and I did. It felt great once I scored. Everybody was happy and we get another game in the playoffs."

Kickoff is set for 7 PM at Greenwood High School. The winner of the north state championship game will play the winner of the Lawrence County game with St. Stanislaus next weekend for the 4A state title. 

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