April Buffington - The Advocate

Rising offensive line prospect Lloyd Cushenberry talks Bulldog official visit.

Mississippi State is still on the trail for some talented offensive line prospects. The Bulldogs have been one of the more consistent suitors for Dutchtown High (LA) standout Lloyd Cushenberry over the course of the last few months. The talented big man made the trip to Starkville this weekend with his parents in tow to learn about his options at Mississippi State.

"The visit was great," Cushenberry said. "Me and my mom both really enjoyed it."

One of the Bulldogs' young and talented offensive lineman did his part to show Cushenberry the sights and sounds of Mississippi State during the weekend.

"Elgton Jenkins was my host," Cushenberry said. "He is a very cool and laid back guy. I think we're pretty similar."

The Bulldog visitors were treated to several quality meals and some face time with the people of Mississippi State as Dr. Mark Keenum and head coach Dan Mullen both opened their homes to the Bulldog hopefuls.

While the tours, meetings and informative sessions were important, Cushenberry reports that the family feel of Mississippi State stood out to him.

"It was great touring the facilities and the campus," Cushenberry said. "The best part of it though was getting to know some of the players and just hearing what they had to say about everything."

Before returning to south Louisiana, Cushenberry had the chance to speak with Coach Dan Mullen about a Bulldog future.

"Coach Mullen told me how much he enjoyed having me on the visit," Cushenberry said. "He said they really want me to come up there and be a Bulldog."

It appears that Mississippi State has helped their chances with the visit, but the talented big man still has some thinking to go. A final four of Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, Mississippi State and South Carolina will be narrowed down to just one school in the next several days.

"I am still going to visit South Carolina," Cushenberry said. "I am not sure when I will make a final decision, but it will be after I take that visit."

Cushenberry expects to see all of his finalists in person this week as they all make their final sales pitches in person in the last of their in home visits. The dead period will begin at midnight next Sunday and then the final deliberations will begin.


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