Bulldogs add talented wide receiver to 2016 signing class

With a decision date set, Sarasota, Florida wide receiver Osirus Mitchell was ready to cast his lot with an SEC program. Before making his selection final, Mitchell elected to take a few days to be sure about his college destination. Earlier today, the delays ended as the talented wide out picked Mississippi State.

"It got pretty hectic the last week or so," Osirus Mitchell said. "I thought I was ready to make a decision, but then I had a lot of new schools come at me and it just got hectic. It's big decision and I didn't want to do anything before I was sure what I wanted to do."

With both a clear head and confident disposition, Mitchell elected to pursue his college future at Mississippi State and join Coach Dan Mullen's Bulldogs. The Sunshine Stater chose the Bulldogs over offers from Bowling Green, Illinois, Minnesota and others 

"I just love the campus at Mississippi State," Mitchell said. "I love the weight room and really just everything about Mississippi State. I really like all of the coaches and I love their offense. They run a lot of the same things we did in high school. We run the spread, so I know what they want to do with the football. They like to throw it around and use all of their receivers."

When things got a little dicey, Bulldog wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales was able to win the late recruiting war with some solid words to both Mitchell and his family.

"Coach Gonzales talked to me about how they develop players," Mitchell said. "That's what I am about too. I want to work hard and I believe that they can help me become the best player. I really believe that they can develop me into something good and that I will be the best player I can be there."

With many of the 2016 signees showing up in Starkville this week, Mitchell will make the move to Bulldog country next month.

"I think I am going to be reporting on July 5th," Mitchell said. "I am not exactly sure of the date, but it will be for the second session of summer school. I am still in school here for one more day and then we have graduation. Having all of this behind me, will help me enjoy that last day of school tomorrow. Now that I know where I am going, it's a big relief."

Mitchell will come in looking to compete for playing time with incoming freshmen Jamal Couch and fellow new addition Reggie Todd who is expected to arrive in Starkville tomorrow to join the Bulldog program. The trio will be working hard to replace the void left by fan favorite De'Runnya Wilson who is expected to continue his football career in the Canadian Football League. 

Mississippi State signed just 18 players for the 2016 recruiting cycle earlier this year. With signee Nero Nelson expected to enroll at Mississippi junior college, Mitchell and Todd should bring the total number of new Bulldogs to 19 assuming the NCAA Clearinghouse issue the expected clearances. 

With his decision now final, the 6-5, 200 pounder will make his selection official tomorrow on his final day at Booker High School.

"I was going to sign today, but my coach had all of the paperwork with him," Mitchell said. "I am not signing a national letter of intent, but it's (grant in aid) paperwork. My decision is final and I know where I want to go. I have been working hard for all of this and I am happy to be a Bulldog."

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