Philadelphia High School head football coach Teddy Dyess talks about Mississippi State signee Greg Eiland.

Mississippi State put the finishing touches on the 2016 signing class last Wednesday when thirteen future Bulldogs put pen to paper bringing Coach Dan Mullen and his staff's total haul to 18 names counting the mid year enrollments. One of the most intriguing prospects in the Maroon and White signing class is Philadelphia High school mammoth offensive lineman Greg Eiland.

Philadelpha High School head football coach Teddy Dyess believes the Bulldogs got a tremendous player and person who is just really beginning to realize his true potential on the gridiron.

"Greg was really a dominant player for us this year," Dyes shared. "He switched over and played a lot of defense for us this year and I believe that helped him become more dominant. He's been a great player for us and he showed a lot of improvement this year. He was a different player as a senior."

Eiland grew into his frame, improved his dexterity and worked to sharpen the skill set saw in every facet. The three star standout's off season work translated into improved play on the football field.

"Greg plays first base for us and there are a lot of similarities between the footwork in playing first base and run blocking," Dyess said. "One of the main things about Greg is that Greg wants to be good. He is willing to put the work in to be good and that means a lot.

"He worked a lot with bag drills and his footwork this year and it showed. He's worked hard to get better and he is better. I'm real proud of how hard he's worked to improve. He made a tremendous improvement."

In addition to being highly skilled, Eiland is extremely well liked according to his coach. Known as a person seldom seen without a smile, Eiland is popular throughout the community.

"Everybody loves Greg," Dyess said. "Not only is he extremely popular in this school, Greg is extremely popular in this town. There are no racial lines with Greg. He's friends with everybody. He's well liked by people of all ages, kids and adults. He's a great guy and everybody in this town is really proud of him and excited about his future."

Eiland is one of three offensive lineman signed by Coach Dan Mullen and his staff at Mississippi State. Eiland joins Scout four star Stewart Reese of Florida and Mississippi All-State and All-Star Dareun Parker of DeSoto Central in the Bulldogs' 2016 signing class.


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