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Mississippi State verbal Emmanuel Dabney talks Bulldog junior day.

Mississippi State verbal Emanuel Dabney of Callaway High School had the chance to meet his future position coach recently when he visited the Starkville campus for junior day. Dabney reports that his first meeting with Coach Terrell Buckley went extremely well.

"I really like Coach Buckley," Emanuel Dabney said. "I think he will do as good a job as Coach (Deshea) Townsend and maybe even better. I enjoyed talking to him. He seems like a good coach."

The meet and greet with Buckley was only part of the junior day experience for Dabney. The Jackson, Mississippi native had the chance to become better acquainted with the lay of the Bulldog land.

"I had seen most everything before, but it was good to see everything again," Dabney shared. "We got to tour the campus and we got to see where they do everything and the weight room and all of that. It was good. I had a good time."

Dabney has picked up a pair of offers in recent weeks. Despite the new options, the personable Dabney reports that he remains firm in his pledge to Coach Dan Mullen and his staff.

"Jackson State and Southern Miss have offered me," Dabney said. "I am still solid to Mississippi State though. I am still committed and I plan on getting back up there pretty soon."

The Bulldogs recently signed 18 prospects to join the 2016 active roster. Dabney is one of two high school prospects who have already committed to Mississippi State for the 2017 signing class. A handful of junior college prospects are also planning to be a part of what should be an extremely full crop of prospects of the current recruiting cycle.

With some talented prospects in his area, Dabney is hoping to aid in the Bulldogs' recruiting efforts by applying some positive peer pressure.

"I am working on Aaron Odom and Kam White," Dabney said. "I am hoping that they come up there with me to Mississippi State. I feel like we have a good chance of having a great class this year."

As a junior, Dabney recorded 41 tackles, nine pass deflections and three interceptions. The talented corner looks to build on that strong showing from a season ago this year, despite being responsible for covering everyone's top pass catcher.

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