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North Florida Christian Head Football coach Robert Craft talks about new Mississippi State signee Korey Charles

Mississippi State inked 13 prospects just over a week ago to bring their 2016 recruiting class to a total of 18 new Bulldogs. Tallahassee, Florida product Korey Charles committed to Coach Dan Mullen and his staff back during the summer and remained True Maroon throughout the recruiting process. Now official a member of the famed "DawgFam16", Charles is ready to go.

North Florida Christian head football coach Robert Craft is excited for Charles and excited for Mississippi State. The personable coach reports that the Bulldogs have signed a well rounded person and player in Charles.

"Korey was a three year starter for us," Craft shared. "He played his sophomore year primarily as a defensive back. We played him some at receiver and then last year we played him at running back just to get him more touches.

"He's an explosive player and that's really the best way to describe him. He's versatile, but the best way to describe him would be explosive. 

"Korey had a big year for us this year. We played him some at safety too, because he can run so well and he has such great range."

Charles is expected to play defensive back at Mississippi State. While the three star standout could play corner or free safety, his high school coach expect him to play outside the numbers.

"I think he's going to be a really good corner," Craft said. "He runs really well and he has a great wingspan. Some guys have great size and he does, but he also has that great wingspan. He is the kind of guy who can play bigger than he measures, because of that. 

"He's a guy who can really run, so he can cover, but with his length it's going to be really tough to throw over him. He's got a lot of potential and I expect him to play football for a long time."

Off of the field, Charles has proven to be a solid citizen in the North Florida Christian school community.

"His grandmother has done a great job with him and it's just the two of them," Craft said. "Being around them, you would swear she's his mother. She's really raised him right and he is a tremendous young man.

"He's sort of quiet, but he's respectful and everybody here likes him. All of his teachers love him and everybody is really proud of him and the opportunities he has. He's been a joy to coach and we're excited to see what he does.

"He's never been a lick of trouble and he never gets in trouble. He just does what he is supposed to do and he works hard. He's done everything we've ever asked him to do."

Charles chose Mississippi State over offers from all over the country prior to his senior season. During the 2015 campaign, Charles rushed for 1,014 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 447 yards receiving and five touchdown catches.


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