Co-Lin corner back Lashard Durr talks about his in person visit with Dan Mullen

Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen was out and about yesterday handling business for the Bulldogs. The top Dawg spent the morning in Ackerman, Mississippi before flying south to see verbal commitment Tre' Brown and Lashard Durr and then on to Gulfport to chat with Durr's mother. Durr reports that things went really well during his time with his future head football coach.

"Coach (Tony) Hughes and Coach (Dan) Mullen came and spent some time with us," Durr said. "They were telling me how excited they are to get me up there. I can't believe it's only like a month away."

For Durr, the idea of moving to Starkville is something that he has planned on for nearly two years. Initially committed to the Bulldogs out of Harrison Central High School, the talented corner spent the past two seasons at Co-Lin working towards qualifying for major college participation. 

"I am just ready to get up there," Durr said. "I am taking my visit up there next weekend and then I am moving up there in January. I am ready to get to know everybody and to get used to everything up there."

Expected to challenge for a starting position in the spring, Durr is eager to show his new coaches what he can do to help the team.

"I just need to do what I need to do," Durr said. "I know that there is a starting position on at corner and I am going in looking to work hard and take that spot. I know they are going to have to replace both of the starters from this year, so I just need to do what I need to do. It's really that simple. I just need to go in there and do what I can do."

Durr recorded 21 tackles and two interceptions on the year as the Wolfpack turned in an 8-3 record on the season. 

With some turnover in the Mississippi State secondary, Durr sees some real opportunity for himself.

"Coach Mullen told me that they are counting in me to come in and work hard," Durr said. "I know that I can come in there and help the team. I am ready to get to work.

"He was telling me that they really need me to come in ready to play and to be ready to really compete this spring and summer. They are expecting a lot from me. 

"They want me to stay on top of my grades and all of that. Coach Mullen said that he expects his players to graduate and that's important to me too."

Durr is one of several prospects who will officially visit the Mississippi State campus next weekend in anticipation of a January enrollment date. The talented corner is eager to get to know his future teammates better.

"I am excited about the visit," Durr said. "I want to get up there and just spend some time with everybody and bond. I have been up there for a lot of games, so I sort of know what to expect. This time it's going to be a little bit different, but I just want to have some fun with everybody."

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