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Mississippi State is the most recent offer for Madison Ridgeland Academy offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles.

The state of Mississippi is expected to have a very solid number of major college football signees in the 2017 signing class. One Magnolia Stater who has seen his stock on the rise in recent weeks is Madison Ridgeland Academy offensive guard Saahdiq Charles. Charles picked up an offer from Mississippi State during a recent visit to Starkville for Junior Day.

With signing day 2016 now nearly three weeks behind us, Saahdiq Charles is approaching a half dozen early offers. Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Mississippi State and Southern Miss have all extended tenders in recent weeks.

While the early haul is pleasing to the talented 6-5, 290 pounder, Charles reports that he is pretty much on schedule with his own expectations.

"I don't mean to sound cocky or anything, but this is what I have been working for," Charles said. "I am a confident person and I know how hard I have been working. I wanted to have some offers and I have worked for it. That Mississippi State offer is one that I was really working for."

The Bulldogs recently played host to Charles along with several other Maroon and White hopefuls as part of their junior day events. The MAIS standout reports that the experience was a very positive one.

"I got to meet all of the coaches and see all of the facilities," Charles said. "It's a good atmosphere up there. I enjoyed it there. They made me feel welcome and tried to make me feel at home."

Charles has the size and athleticism to play on either side of the ball, but it appears that should he choose Mississippi State, the talented big man will begin his college snaps in the offensive huddle.

"They are recruiting me to play offensive guard," Charles explained. "I met with Coach (John) Hevesy at the junior day and he seems like a good coach. He told me that they like me on the offensive line and that I am the kind of player that they are looking for."

While Charles is excited about the opportunity to play at Mississippi State, he is in no hurry to make any decisions about his college future just yet.

"I am going to keep everybody even right now," Charles said. "I really have no idea when I am going to make a decision. I have some good offers already, but I want to see how things go and see what all of my options are before I make a decision.

"I am expecting some other offers, so I want to see who all offers me before I make a decision. I am going to wait and see what all happens before the season. I am just taking my time."

Charles helped lead the Patriots of MRA to a 10-3 season and a berth in the state championship game in 2015. As a senior, Charles will be looking to go out on top with the best season if his high school career and possibly a state title.


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