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Greenville-St. Joseph High School standout talks about the Starkville experience.

Mississippi State hosted dozens of Bulldog hopefuls recently in their first junior day even of the 2017 recruiting cycle. Prospects from around the region converged on Starkville to get to know the Bulldogs better as the coaching staff made their final push to signing day 2016. Several in state targets made the trip including Greenville-St. Joseph big man Darquavion Davis.

"It was good," Davis said of the junior day event. "We got see the campus and see of the facilities. I got to talk with the coaches and see everything.

"I have been going to their camp for a few years, so I had seen a lot of it before. It was good though."

Davis has the ability to play on both sides of the line of scrimmage, but while on campus at Mississippi State the talk was about offensive line.

"I went in the offensive line meeting and I got to talk to the O line coach (John Hevesy)," Davis said. "He seems like a good coach and they all do. I liked all of the coaches."

The Bulldogs are showing some serious interest in Davis, but have stopped short of extending a scholarship offer here in the early going.

"They haven't offered me, but they told me that they were going to be in touch with me," Davis explained. "I am hearing from them and Southern Miss, Memphis, UAB and a few other schools. I have the junior day coming up for Memphis."

At 6-3, 315, Davis seems destined for interior line play. While the rising senior appears to have the talent to fit in where a need arises, Davis appears to prefer the offensive side of things. As an offensive leader a season ago, Davis helped lead the Fighting Irish to a 9-2 record.

Mississippi State signed a trio of talented offensive line prospects earlier this month. The Bulldogs will be on the trail again this year looking for big time blockers. The Mississippi State two deep on the offensive line will likely include seniors Jamaal Clayborn, Devon Desper, Jocquell Johnson and Justin Senior.


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