Lafayette County defensive back Tyler Williams recaps his recent trip to Mississippi State.

Mississippi State currently holds 12 verbal commitments for the 2017 signing class. Under Coach Dan Mullen's direction, the Bulldogs have done some of their best recruiting in the summer months. With the June and July camp sessions pending, recent results would suggest State may be on the verge of adding to their current Bulldog dozen. Lafayette County corner Tyler Williams spent some time in Starkville on Friday to consider his options in the Maroon and White.

Tyler Williams holds offers from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, South Alabama and UAB. Several other schools are in touch with the talented corner, but from the sound of things they all have some work to do to catch up with the Bulldogs of Mississippi State.

"I would have to say that right now Mississippi State is #1," Williams said on Saturday. "I love the facilities there and I have a good relationship with all of the coaches. I really like what their program stands for and how it feels like a family there."

Williams has the ability to play on either side of the line of scrimmage, but is a corner by trade. With 25 tackles as a junior to go along with seven pass deflections, two interceptions and a fumble recovery, the 6-1, 170 pounder appears to have what Mississippi State is looking for.

"They are talking about me playing corner," Williams said of the Bulldog coaching staff. "That's what I do. I could probably play some other positions, but I feel comfortable at corner. I like playing there. I feel like that's what I'm best at."

Long considered a Bulldog lean, Williams has not yet been persuaded to join the Mississippi State commitment list, but reports he does not feel pressured to make a decision just yet.

"The coaches at Mississippi State have just told me to take my time and commit when I am ready," Williams said. "They told me that they don't want me to rush into anything and that I need to take all of my trips and all of that before I do anything.

"They are my top school, but I still want to see some other schools before I make my decision. I might make my decision before the season, but I may wait all the way to National Signing Day. I am just not sure right now. I still have to think about all of that."

Looking back to Friday, Williams has found a lot to like at Mississippi State and that has the Bulldogs on top.

"I just really like it over there," Williams said of Starkville. "The coaches always make me feel like I'm at home and that they are glad to see me. I like how they run their program and how they develop players."

Williams is in the conversation for a possible spot on the Mississippi All-Star team that will look to defend the Magnolia State's honor and build on last year's win over their counterparts from the state of Alabama. The defending champs in the battle for state bragging rights will likely have a Maroon hue to them by the time they take the field in December. 


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