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Kemper County offensive lineman John Dale talks about his Mississippi State experience.

Mississippi State hosted several of their top recruiting targets for Junior Day the Saturday before National Signing Day. One of the biggest targets on campus was 6-5, 280 pound offensive lineman John Dale of Kemper County High School. Dale claims an offer from the Bulldogs, so he was more than just a causal observer on campus.

"It went good," Dale said of the Junior Day event. "I had a good time."

Dale was part of an 11-3 Kemper County squad that lost to eventual 3A state champion Collins in the second round of the state playoffs. While the talented big man impressed as a junior, Dale has been on the Bulldogs' recruiting radar for some time.

"They offered me like at the end of my tenth grade year," Dale said. "Coach (Dan) Mullen was at my school a couple of Fridays talking with my coach and he said that I still had an offer and that they wanted me to come to that junior day."

Over the course of the day in Starkville, Dale had the chance to spend some time with the Bulldog coaching staff.

"I got to talk to Coach Mullen and Coach (David) Turner, the D line coach and Coach (John) Hevesy, the O line coach," Dale said. "They all seem like good coaches to me and they told me that they were glad I came.

"I got to see everything and see all of the facilities. It was a good day and I liked it up there."

The Bulldogs are the first school to offer and the pace setter in Dale's recruitment. It appears that the early offer and attention has Dale seriously thinking about a future in Maroon and White.

"I like it up there at (Mississippi) State," Dale said. "I could see myself going there and playing there. I am not planning to make an early decision though. I plan on waiting it out."

Dale is one of several talented prospects in the Magnolia State holding a tender from the Bulldogs. With an extremely large senior class, the Bulldogs are expected to use their complete allotment of scholarships for the 2017 signing class.

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