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Jackson Prep tight end Nik Hogan talks about his first college scholarship offer.

Mississippi State has hosted several talented football players as part of a pair of star studded junior day events. Coach Dan Mullen and his staff have used that time to visit with prospects and their families and extend scholarship offers in person. One recent recipient of a Bulldog offer is rising junior Nik Hogan of Jackson Prep.

"My mom and I went over there for the junior day," Nik Hogan said. "We had a good time and we got to see all of the facilities and things like that. When we went to the position meetings, I went with the tight ends and Coach (Scott) Sallach.

"He's a real funny coach and he knows what he's talking about. I enjoyed talking with him and hearing what all he had to say."

Before leaving campus, Hogan had the chance to get some face time with two more Mississippi State coaches, area recruiting coach, Greg Knox and the top Dawg, Coach Dan Mullen.

"After the junior day, Coach Knox had me and my mom come and visit with him in his office," Hogan explained. "After we visited for a little while, he took us in the visit with Coach Mullen. 

"Coach Mullen let me know then that they were offering me a scholarship. I was really excited about it. My mom was too."

While the Bulldogs provided the ice breaking offer to Hogan's recruitment, Dan Mullen did not push for a commitment.

"Coach Mullen told me that they were offer me, but that he wanted me to visit as many schools as I could before I made a decision," Hogan said. "I liked hearing that. It told me that he is concerned about me as a person and not just about his program.

"A lot of people would just been about their program, but he really wants me to go visit some schools and see where I fit in before I make a decision."

Mississippi State is not the only school showing interest in Hogan, who plans a busy summer.

"I am hearing from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU and Washington," Hogan said. "I am planning on camping at Mississippi State, Ole Miss and LSU and I am planning to get down to Louisiana-Lafayette at some point too."

Hogan was part of a 2015 Jackson Prep team that went undefeated and won another state championship for legendary coach Coach Ricky Black. Hogan plans to make a big impact on both sides of the ball this fall during his junior season.

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