Greenwood standout Marquiss Spencer has committed to Mississippi State

Defensive end Marquiss Spencer of Greenwood High reported that he wanted to wait until his season was over before making his college decision. The Bulldogs fell to Noxubee County in the north state 4A title game last Friday night. Earlier today, Spencer followed through on his plans to offer his verbal pledge during an in person visit from the Mississippi State coaching staff.

"Coach David Turner came through here this morning and met with Spencer," Greenwood head football coach Clinton Gatewood said. "He had been waiting for that opportunity. Coach Turner sat down with him and talked with him about joining their program and he accepted their offer. We are all really proud of him and proud that he is going to be a part of that program."

Gatewood reports that Spencer has been a tremendous asset to the Greenwood program on and off of the field.

"Spencer is one of the most coachable players that I have ever coached," Gatewood said. "I wish I had 50 more just like him. He will do whatever you need him to do. He's played defensive end for us, linebacker, tight end, free safety, kicker and punter. He can do it all and we have asked him to do it all.

"He just has a great attitude and he is always willing to what he needs to do to help the team. He is an amazing kid and will just do anything you ask him to do."

At 6-5, 235 pounds, Spencer projects as a defensive end, but his high school coach believes he can play whatever the Bulldogs need him to play.

"I know he loves to rush the passer," Gatewood said. "I think he would really like to stay at defensive end, but he can play linebacker if they need him to. He has great speed and strength, so he can fill whatever need they have for him. He can really run. Like I said, he even played safety for us before."

Spencer attracted offers and interest from several programs throughout his abbreviated recruitment. The talented edge protector was able to do the course work needed to graduate in 2016 rather than the expected 2017.

"I tell you what. We are going to miss him being around here," Gatewood said. "We are going to miss him, but at the same time we are so excited for him and it's good for all of the other guys at Greenwood to see him have the chance to do something great.

"Mississippi State is a program that is on the rise and to see one of our kids get the chance to go over there and be a part of that is good for us too. I know he's always wanted to be a Bulldog. He's always sort of been a Mississippi State guy."

Gatweood reports that the three star talent has enjoyed getting to know more about the Mississippi State program throughout the recruiting process.

"As he has had the chance to visit the campus and go to some games over there, he just knew that was where he wanted to go," Gatewood said. "I know Coach Turner has done a good job recruiting him and they have a great relationship. He likes the atmosphere over there and all of the coaches. It's just a good situation for him."

Spencer is the 14th member of the current 2016 Bulldog signing class. Projected to play defensive end, the Greenwood product is the first at his position for the current class. With some other big names looming within the state for the final push, Mississippi State took a solid step towards a big close today.

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