Greg Eiland chose Mississippi State over several offers including tenders from Ole Miss and Texas among others. While new offers have not arrived since Eiland pledged his allegiance to the Maroon and White, it appears that a pair of programs from the Southeastern Conference are interested in learning more about the Philadelphia, Mississippi product.
"I have had visits from coaches from Mississippi State, LSU and Florida in the past few weeks," Eiland said. "I guess I have had three or four visits. Mississippi State has come to my home once and they have been to the school and LSU and Florida have been to the school.
"They are all just visiting with me and talking about me taking an official visit. They want to get all of that set up."
To date, the only planned excursion is right down the road at Mississippi State.
"LSU and Florida have talked about me visiting next month, but I don't have anything set up," Eiland said. "The only thing that I have set up is Mississippi State the weekend of January 15th."
Eiland reports that his commitment to the Bulldogs remains firm and that his relationship with the Mississippi State coaching staff continues to be a good one.
"I am still firm in my decision," Eiland said. "Coach (John) Hevesy and Coach (Tony) Hughes have been to see me. Coach Hevesy says that he really wants me up there and that he is expecting some big things from me."
A frequent visitor to Starkville for Bulldog home games, Eiland has had the chance to get to know many of the Bulldog players and coaches. As his schedule permits, Eiland hopes to be able to attend some spring football practices once the 2016 team returns to the Mississippi State practice fields.
Eiland will be busy representing the Tornadoes of Philadelphia High School in a spring sport as well as working hard to prepare for football on the college level.
"I am not playing basketball, but I am going to be playing baseball," Eiland said. "I am just going to be playing baseball and working out in the weight room to get ready for next football season. I am excited about everything."
Philadelphia High School finished the regular season 6-5 and earned a playoff berth. Eiland and the Tornadoes were eliminated in the first round by eventual 3A state champion Collins. Once on campus in Starkville, Eiland is expected to understudy as a freshman in hopes of becoming a Bulldog starter at one of the offensive tackle positions.