Philadelphia High School big man talks about his time in Starkville.

Philadelphia High School offensive tackle Greg Eiland committed to Mississippi State just before his senior season began. A pair of SEC programs have remained in touch with Eiland over the past few weeks, but this past weekend the talented offensive tackle took the only official visit that he plans to make when he made the short drive over to Starkville, Mississippi.

"I had a great visit," Greg Eiland. "It was a lot of fun and I had a good time over there."

Eiland was able to get a good handle on what to expect as Bulldog football player on and off the field, but the greatest insight came from a future teammate.

"Martinas Rankin was my host and he showed me around," Eiland said. "He told me about about what to expect and about how hard you have to work. He said that when you first get up there that they really push you to find out how much you really love football.

"He said that it's going to be hard, but that it's going to be worth it. He said that they will push you to get better and that you will get better if you work at it."

Having the chance to bond with future teammates was an important part of the weekend for Eiland who spent time with both college players and high school peers alike.

"Just being around the players was probably the best part of the trip," Eiland said. "They talk about playing in the SEC and about how is is everyday up there. They treated us like family and told us what we needed to do to get ready.

"I enjoyed seeing some of the other guys from Mississippi too. The visit gave us all a chance to catch up and just spend some time together. It was good to see everybody."

A pair of SEC programs have attempted to test the resolve of Eiland's Bulldog pledge. While there have been some conversations, it does not appear that there will be any changes in Eiland's college destination.

"LSU and Florida have talked about me taking visits to see them, but I am not going to do that," Eiland said. "I know what my mind is set on and I am not going to be taking any other visits. Me and my mom are happy with my decision and I am going to be signing with Mississippi State.

"Now I just need to finish up high school and get ready to move up there this summer in June and get started. I was already solid, but this weekend made me even more excited about everything."

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