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Callaway High School standout Harrell Blackmon talks about his offer from Mississippi State and more.

Mississippi State has handed out several scholarship offers in to in state juniors. One of the more recent Magnolia Staters to earn an offer from the Bulldogs is Callaway High School standout Harrell Blackmon. The versatile Blackmon picked up his offer during a recent visit to the Starkville campus.

Harrell Blackmon and several Callaway teammates took part in junior day events at Mississippi State. With Blackmon now early an offer, there are three Chargers with scholarships in hand from Coach Dan Mullen and his staff.

"I enjoyed myself up there," Blackmon said. "I got to see all of the facilities and talk with the coaches. Before we left, I got to talk with Coach Mullen and he told me that they were offering me a scholarship. Coach (Pat) Austin was in the room with us, so he got to hear all of what Coach Mullen had to say."

Since that Saturday earlier this month, Austin has resigned his post as the head coach at Callaway High School and accepted a position on the staff at Mississippi State. Blackmon reports that having that personal connection gives the Bulldogs a real advantage.

"That helps," Blackmon said of Austin taking a job at Mississippi State. "We have a good relationship and I feel like it helps to know somebody up there. I like it up there and I like all of the coaches,"

The Bulldogs are not the only school with an offer on the table, but it appears that the Bulldogs may be the team to beat in the early going.

"I have offers now from Mississippi State, Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama," Blackmon explained. "I am hearing some from Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee and a few more schools. I like what Mississippi State has been saying.

"I am not ready to make a decision, but I want to take another visit up there and meet with all of the coaches again. After I do all of that, I might be ready."

Blackmon has played on both sides of the ball during his high school career, but most of his contributions last fall came as a defensive back. The 6-1, 180 pounder had 82 tackles and five pass deflections on the campaign. While the rising senior has the ability to play wide out on the next level, he expects to make his mark in the secondary.

"I am not sure if I will play corner or safety, but I feel like I can do either one," Blackmon said. "It just depends on what the coaches want. I like playing defense and I like being able to hit. I am excited about these offers and the chance to play college football. I didn't expect all of this to happen so soon."

Callaway went 5-7 last year, but the Chargers are expected to be back in the thick of things this fall as a very talented senior class aims to lead the program back into the post season once again.

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