Bulldogs add another quality defensive back from the state of Tennessee

While the Bulldogs are officially on "vacation" the Mississippi State coaching staff continues to work hard on the recruiting front. Earlier today, Oakland High School (TN) standout defensive back Kaleb Oliver verbally committed to his area recruiter, Peter Sirmon, bringing his college recruitment one step closer to finality.

"I went to camp last Friday," Kaleb Oliver said. "I had a great time over there and I have been in touch with Coach Sirmon pretty much ever since. We had already been in touch a lot, but after going over there we have just stayed in contact. I told him today that I was ready to make my decision."

Oliver made the move and reports that is now ready to be a Mississippi State Bulldog.

"Mississippi State is a great school, a great program with great players and they have a great coaching staff," Oliver shared. "I just feel like it is the best opportunity for me and I am real excited about it. After going over there last Friday, I have felt like this was the right decision for me."

At 6-3. 190, Oliver is blessed with a tremendous blend of athleticism and versatility. It appears that the Murfreesboro, Tennessee product could provide some support in a number of positions on the Bulldog defense.

"I am probably going to play free safety at Mississippi State when I get there," Oliver shared. "I can play corner, safety or nickel linebacker. I just enjoy playing the game of football and I will play wherever they want me to play."

While the chance to play for Sirmon was a big part of things for Oliver, the talented defender also has some connections to the Starkville, Mississippi area.

"I already have some family down there," Oliver said. "That helps me, because even though I am going somewhere new, I already have some family down there. In a way, it will still feel like home."

With plenty of summer left on the 2016 calendar, Oliver could have elected to delay his decision and see what other options arose after more solid camping trips. Rather than prolong the process, the talented safety simply felt it was time.

"There is just a lot of thing going on this summer and I just felt like I had found the right opportunity," Oliver said. "I didn't want to rush into anything, but I didn't want to drag it out either. I always felt like I would know when the right time was going to be and this is the right time."

Oliver holds offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. With today's pledge, Coach Dan Mullen and his staff have 17 verbal commitments towards the 2017 signing class. 

The Bulldogs are expected to sign close to 30 prospect between the December mid-year signing period and National Signing Day on February 3rd. Oliver is expected to be back on the Mississippi State campus next month when the Bulldogs hold their annual Big Dawg camp event on July 22nd.

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