Mississippi State verbal C.J. Morgan-Walker looks to help his Bulldogs put together a strong close to the 2016 recruiting class.

Mississippi State verbal commitment C.J. Morgan-Walker played his final high school football game under the watchful eye of his future college coach, Dan Mullen. Parkway High )LA) advanced to the state semi-finals where they lost a hard fought contest to Zachary High School 41-27. With his prep career now behind him, Morgan-Walker is focused on life at the next level.

When asked about how it felt not to have football practice on Monday, Morgan-Walker replied, "Scary. I'm about to be done with work too, so I am not sure what I am going to do with all of this free time. It's kind of weird to know that I am not going to have anywhere that I am supposed to be for a while."

The next team meeting, Walker-Morgan attends will be in Starkville. The talented defensive back has already signed his grant-in-aid agreement and now plans to enroll at Mississippi State for the spring semester. That moment when the three star talent put pen to college bound paper is one he will always remember.

"I just thought about all of the people who had helped me and all of the people that I needed to thank," Morgan-Walker said. "There are just so many people that have helped me. If I had to thank them all, I would have been there all day.

"I have come so far and it's because of all of the people who have helped me become a better player. I did my best to thank the main ones when I signed."

To hear Morgan-Walker tell his story, one would get the sense that football was not the original plan. 

"I almost didn't make it," Morgan-Walker said with a laugh. "I was sort of late to football. I used to play the violin. I played the violin, piano and the guitar. I wasn't a football player back then. I started playing football and I just kept working at it and now I am headed to the SEC."

With his college destination locked on Starkville, Mississippi, Morgan-Walker is doing his best to aid in the Bulldog recruiting efforts.

"I really wanted to win the state championship, but if there is a positive in not playing this weekend is that I can go up there and help recruit," Morgan-Walker said. "If I can't help my high school team win a championship, I can help my future team be the best that they can be.

"I am already working on a few guys and I know we're going to be getting some really talented players that can help the team between now and signing day."

With both eyes on the future, Morgan-Walker is excited about the direction of the Mississippi State football program.

"I had a fan tweet me the other day and he was talking about winning a national championship at Mississippi State," Morgan-Walker said. "A few years ago nobody would have even talked about that, but the way things have gone the last few years, the sky is the limit.

"We're on the way up and the fact that people are talking about being #1 and playing for a championship says a lot about how the program has grown under Coach Mullen."

Morgan-Walker will be one of several visitors taking their official visit to the Mississippi State campus this weekend. Current commitments expected to enroll or the spring semester as well as some remaining targets will comprise this weekend's visitor list.

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