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South Panola defensive end Dre Porter talks about All-Star practices as Team Mississippi prepares to end the seven year losing streak.

Mississippi State landed a verbal commitment from South Panola star defensive end Dre Porter earlier this year. The explosive pass rusher was an easy selection for the Mississippi Association of Coaches when they selected their all star team. Porter has been one of the standouts during the practice sessions.

"It feels great to be out here," Porter said. "I think our defensive line is going to make a lot of big plays in the game this Saturday."

Porter is part of a star studded front that has multiple scout National 300 members lining up to quell any Alabama offensive uprising.

"This is sort of like what it's going to be like playing in college," Porter said. "We have the best in Mississippi here and we're playing the best from Alabama. This is getting us used to playing with the big boys and against the big boys."

The Batesville, Mississippi product chose Mississippi State over several other offers. One of the key factors in his selection was his relationship with Bulldog assistant coach Deshea Townsend who also happens to be a South Panola alum.

"I have a great relationship with Coach Townsend," Porter said. "He helps me keep my head on straight. He is always telling me to stay on my grades and to keep working hard. I like him a lot."

South Panola was eliminated from the 6A playoffs in the first round this year. That unexpected early exit ended Porter's senior season much earlier than he anticipated. This weekend's All-Star game will give him the chance to play one final high school game before enrolling on the college level.

"It means a lot to be able to play in this game." Porter said. "Growing up, I always wanted to play in this game. I just want to get that win this weekend."

Porter is not certain of his official visit date to Mississippi State, but reports that those who cheer for the Maroon and White have nothing to worry about.

"There are some other schools still trying to talk with me, but I am solid with Mississippi State," Porter said. "I'm still committed and I am not going to change my mind."

Porter is one three Mississippi State verbal commitments representing the state of Mississippi this weekend in the All-Star event. Treveon Nelson and Dareun Parker have also pledged their college allegiance to Dan Mullen and his staff. Some key Bulldog targets are also on hand this week in Hattiesburg looking to earn a win for the Magnolia State.

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