Mattie Blount High School (AL) standout is headed to Starkville to play for Dan Mullen

While it took a little longer than many anticipated, Mississippi State landed the commitment of 2016 wide receiver Reggie Todd of Mobile, Alabama. Todd's path to college football is much different than most, but later this summer his dream of playing in the SEC will be fully realized.

Todd made the move from Leflore High School (AL) to Mattie Blount after his sophomore season. Due to transfer rules, the talented Todd was unable to participate in high school athletics for the school year that ended in 2015. As a result of losing his junior campaign, Todd went largely unnoticed as a college prospect. 

By the time his senior season was over, Todd became a prospect in demand. 45 catches, 1,308 and 11 touchdowns later, the Bulldogs of Mississippi State along with others were sniffing around Mobile, Alabama in an effort to gain more information on the talented senior who appeared to have come out of nowhere.

The 6-5, 190 pounder began his senior committed to play basketball at New Mexico State. Just days after graduation, Todd is headed to Starkville, Mississippi.

"I guess you could say that I just fell in love with the game of football this year," Todd said. "I was going to play basketball, but after this year, I just feel like this is what is best for my future."

A late offer and invitation to take an official visit to Mississippi State appears to have changed everything for the talented Todd. The two night excursion to Starkville gave Todd the chance to spend some time with the people of Mississippi State. Nearly two weeks later, Todd is ready to join them.

"I like all of the coaches there," Todd said. "I really like Coach (Billy) Gonazles. We have a good relationship and that is one of the reasons why I am going to Mississippi State. He talked with my mom and I don't even really know what all they talked about. After they talked, it was time."

Todd made his selection official late yesterday, though he had been considering making the move for several days. 

"I told Coach Gonzales that I was ready to commit and he was real excited," Todd said. "He told me that they're ready to get me up there and that he wants me to come in ready to work."

With the June summer school session already in full swing, Todd is expected to arrive in Starkville next month as the second summer school period opens up in July.

Todd joins Sarasota, Florida wide receiver Osirus Mitchell as post signing day additions to the 2016 signing class for Mississippi State. The tandem will join Phenix City, Alabama four star Jamal Couch as the Bulldogs add some much needed size to their roster in the wake of the departure of fan favorite De'Runnya Wilson.

"I am not exactly sure what my role is going to be this year," Todd said. "I am just going to go in and work hard and do whatever the team needs me to do to help us win."

Mississippi State's 2016 signing tally is now expected to end with a 20 member class, which enables the Bulldogs to fill their roster requirements for the 2016 and allow for some December signees who can take the field next spring in hopes of earning starting spots in 2017. 

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