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Ocean Springs wide out Austin Williams updates his recruitment and recaps a trip to Mississippi State

Ocean Springs wide receiver Austin Williams attended Mississippi State's junior day a couple of weekends ago. Before making the return trip home to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Williams had picked up an offer from the Bulldogs bringing his total of early options to four.

Mississippi State is the latest school to extend an offer joining Louisiana Tech, Nicholls State and Troy as early suitors. Memphis and Southern Miss have also made overtures, but have not offered so far.

"This is awesome," Austin Williams said. "I never expected all of this to happen, especially this early. All I can really say about it is that it's awesome. It's like a dream come true for me.

"The Mississippi State offer is my latest one and that's really exciting. I was real happy about them offering me."

Williams had the chance to visit with Bulldog coaches the Saturday before National Signing Day. The experience appears to have been a positive one. 

"I had a really good time," Williams said. "We got to take tour and visit with the coaches. It was a lot of fun. We got to try the jerseys on and that was really cool. You put it on and you can sort of imagine what it would be like to wear it all of the time."

While the Bulldogs have made a positive impression, Williams plans to keep his cards close to his vest, while the process moves forward.

"I don't really have any favorite schools," Williams said. "Both of my parents went to Louisiana Tech, but I have always been neutral when it's come to college football teams. I am just going to enjoy all of this and see what happens. I am not in any hurry."

As a junior, Williams caught 56 passes for 928 yards and seven touchdowns. Williams benefits from playing in Coach Ryan Ross' pass happy scheme and enters his senior campaign as one of Mississippi's most prolific pass catchers. 

The Bulldogs inked a pair of wide receivers in the 2016 signing class to replace the departing Joe Morrow and De'Runnya Wilson who opted to forego his senior season and declare early for the NFL draft. Look for Mississippi State to be mentioned prominently with Williams throughout the recruiting process. 

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