"I pretty much had my eyes set on Mississippi State ever since I decommitted from Florida State," Jamal Couch said. "Mississippi State was pretty much one of my first offers and they stayed with me. They never left me even when I was committed to Florida State."
While the announcement was made on Sunday, Couch has been a Bulldog for a few weeks. The four star standout was simply waiting for his official visit to finalize the commitment process.
"I had already committed a few weeks ago," Couch said. "I was already a private commitment. I am just ready to go to college now and play football.
"I have a great relationship with all of the coaches there and they have always made me feel like I had a home there."
The official visit was more about getting Couch comfortable rather than selling him on the Bulldogs' football program.
"It was really just about showing me where I will be staying and letting me go out and get to know the players more," Couch explained. "I got to sit down with a lot of the coaches including Coach (Dan) Mullen. He told me that he pretty much wants me to come in and be a receiver like De'Runnya Wilson."
Hearing Mullen talk about Couch being a possible replacement for Wilson, a Bulldog a fan favorite, was music to the Alabama native's ears.
"That means a lot to me," Couch said of the comparison. "He is a great coach and I know that he will take my down the right path to success."
In addition to getting some face time with the Bulldog coaches and players, Couch was able to take part in some enjoyable events, while on campus.
"We got to eat a lot," Couch said with a laugh. "We pretty much played the games and then went around and saw the other students on campus. It was fun."
Current Bulldog wide receiver Jesse Jackson handled the hosting duties for the Bulldogs. Couch reports that he enjoyed getting to spend some time with a future teammate.
"Jesse was pretty much like a big brother," Couch explained. "He was pretty much with me the whole time from the time I got there to the time that I left. We pretty much just bonded."
Mississippi State wide receivers' coach Billy Gonzales was a big draw for Couch. The veteran coach played a big part in Mississippi State's sales pitch to the talented Couch.
"We have a great relationship." Couch said. "He has been showing me installments and how they plan to use me. He is ready for me to get up there, so that he can see what I can do."
The official visit to Mississippi State appears to be the only one Couch will take. A scheduled visit to Kentucky has been canceled. Couch reports that his family attended his visit to Starkville and the entire group is sold on a future as a Bulldog.
"My family really enjoyed it," Couch shared. "My step-mother, my father, my mother and my sister all went with me. I just felt at home there and I have always enjoyed it when I went over there. I am excited about being a part of the Mississippi State family now."