Mississippi State is the first offer for James Clemens High junior defensive back

Mississippi State is in the process of closing out their 2016 signing class. While on the road making their final pleas to senior standouts, the Bulldogs are also getting a leg up in 2017 by extending some offers to some of the region's talented juniors. Earlier today, the Bulldogs became the first offer for James Clemens (AL) High School defensive back Kyriq McDonald.

"I got a call this morning from my coach and he was telling me that Mississippi State was offering me," McDonald said. "He was all excited and that got me excited too. It's my first offer and it's from an SEC school. It's really just a blessing."

McDonald was part of a talented defense that led the Jets to a 10-2 mark and a berth into the second round of the 7A state playoffs. Only one James Clemens opponent scored more than 14 points against the Jet defense

The 5-11, 190 pound junior was a big part of things last fall, which caught the eye of the Mississsippi State coaching staff.

"I have been getting some letters and some things from some other colleges, but this is the biggest thing that has happened so far," McDonald said. "I am supposed to be talking to Coach (Deshea) Townsend this afternoon."

As one of the leading tacklers for the Jet defense, McDonald has a penchant for the big play including a 100 yard pick six and some blocked punts. 

"I just try to go make plays for my team," McDonald said. "I think I can any position if I need to. I am just a football player and I love playing the game. I think I can play whatever I need to do play to help the team win games.

"I play mostly at safety, but I feel like I can play all over the field. I just love being on the field and love being near the ball."

Over the course of the next few months, McDonald expects to take in several junior day events and spend time on college campuses learning about what they have to offer on and off of the field. The talented junior plans to major in business or an engineering field.

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