Mississippi State struck the first blow in the battle for in state recruiting prowess for 2017

Mississippi State picked up its' second verbal commitment of the week earlier today when Callaway 2017 cornerback Emanuel Dabney verbally committed to the Bulldogs. The week opened with Greenwood defensive end Marquiss Spencer jumping into the Bulldog bandwagon and the Maroon and White momentum continued into today.

"They offered me on Monday,"  Dabney said. "I had been thinking about committing every since. I talked it over with some of my teammates and I felt like Mississippi State was a good place for me.

"I talked with Coach Brown this morning and I told him that I was ready to commit, so we called Coach (DeShea) Townsend. I told him I was ready to be a Bulldog."

Dabney reports that he discussed his decision with classmate and teammate Aaron Odom, a scout four star for 2017. 

"I was talking with Aaron about everything and he agreed that this was a good fit for me," Dabney said. "We haven't really talked about playing together in college, but I'm sure we will talk about that now."

The 6-1, 175 pound corner reports that every time he has spent time on the Mississippi State campus that it was been a positive experience.

"I just feel at home up there," Dabney said. "I have been to a couple of games up there and I really like the atmosphere. It's just a great place and I am excited about playing there."

Dabney was one of the defensive leaders for the Chargers this fall matching up with opponents' top wide receivers more times than not. With an offer to stay close to home and play in the SEC, Dabney is ready to roll.

"I had been hearing from Ole Miss and Mississippi State," Dabney said. "I had some interest from some other schools, but I am happy with the offer from Mississippi State and I feel like that will be a great place for me."

Dabney is one of four early Bulldog commitments for the 2017 signing class and the first from the high school level. Mississippi State is expected to be very strong in the Magnolia State for that recruiting cycle.

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