Mississippi State signee Marquiss Spencer talks about his spring time official visit to Starkville.

Mississippi State officially hosted all but one of their 2016 signees prior to National Signing Day. Greenwood standout Marquiss Spencer is graduating early and had some work to do before he put himself in a position with the NCAA clearinghouse to take an official visit. With those issues handled, Spencer was able to take his weekend trip to Starkville earlier this month.

"I took my visit the weekend of the (April) 8th, 9th and 10th," Marquiss Spencer said. "I had a good time down there. I got to see everything and talk with all of the coaches and players. I got to see them in their spring practices and we got to go out to eat a lot. It was good."

Spencer was able to learn more about the program by talking the people of Mississippi State on and off of the field.

"Fletcher Adams showed me around and spent time with me," Spencer said. "He told me about how hard they work on the field and in the weight room. He told me to get ready.

"I talked some with Coach (Rod Gibson), while I was out there. He used to play running back there. He's from the delta.

"I really liked Coach (Brian) Baker and Coach (Peter) Sirmon. I am looking forward to playing for them. Coach Baker talks a lot about technique and about using your hands. He seems like a really good coach. I think they will know how to use me and help me be successful."

Having the chance to see the Bulldog defense in action appears to have been a real high point for the Greenwood High School star.

"I think the best part of the trip was watching them practice," Spencer shared. "I really like the new defense. They are doing a lot of 3-4 defense and I think I will fit in good with what they want to do. Coach Baker was telling me about some of the things he wants me to do when I get up there.

"I like this new defense and I think we're going to be better on defense this year than we were last year. I am excited about playing in it."

Before heading for home, Spencer had the chance to sit and visit with Coach Dan Mullen about the future and about what needs to happen over the course of the next several weeks.

"Coach Mullen told me to stay on top of my grades and to keep working hard," Spencer said. "He told me to work hard and to come in ready to play. He said that they were excited about me coming up there and that he was glad that I enjoyed my visit.

"I am supposed to be up there on June 3rd. I am excited about that. I am ready to get up there and get to work with the team this summer and just learn about what all I need to do. I know that I have a lot of work to do before I play in college. I learned on my visit how hard I am going to have to work."

Spencer was part of a very talented Greenwood team that lost in the North half semi-finals to eventual state champion Noxubee County. Projected as a defensive end, Spencer is graduating high school a year earlier than expected. The four star standout was at one point considered the top defensive prospect in the state of Mississippi for the 2017 signing class.

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