Lafayette County corner reports his relationship with Mississippi State and his future teammates continues to grow

Mississippi State will take the field this fall with two senior cornerbacks on the Bulldog two deep chart. As a result, Coach Dan Mullen and his staff have made true cover corners a focal point in their recruiting efforts this year. One of the first in state corners to earn an offer from the Mississippi State staff was Lafayette County standout Tyler Williams.

Mere days after taking a family trip to Starkville to learn more about the opportunities at Mississippi State, Williams elected to join the Bulldog fold. The three star corner was back on campus earlier this month as his team took part in a 7-on-7 tournament.

"I feel like things went well," Williams said. "Our main objective was to be able to get some reps for our younger guys and we did that. I feel like they all stepped up and got better. That's going to be a part of things for us this year. We really need some of these young guys to step up and be ready for the season."

The Commodores of Lafayette County had a 10-3 season in 2015 losing to eventual state champion in Noxubee County in the second round of the Mississippi 4A state playoffs. Despite the losses of some talented players, Williams believes that the 2016 team can build upon last year's successes. 

"We have a good team coming back and I feel like our senior class is ready to lead the team," Williams said. "One of the first things coach talked about this year was winning a ring and I feel like we can. I think we have the chance to do that. I believe if everybody works hard, then we could win a championship."

Williams has a lot of confidence in his current teammates and his future teammates. The talented defensive back reports that his relationship with Mississippi State coaches as well as his projected signing classmates continues to be a source of optimism towards the future.

"I am just enjoying being part of this family," Williams said of his Bulldog commitment. "I talk to the coaches and I have been growing closer with some of the other recruits. I have been getting to know Kylin Hill, Tyler Dunning and Emanuel Dabney and some of the other guys too. We are talking about what all we want to do when all get up there.

"Coach (Terrell) Buckley tells me that they love everything about me and that they can't wait for me to get up there. He tells me that I'm a dawg on the field. We have a great relationship and I am excited about getting up there."

The Bulldogs will be hosting most of their top targets next month when the annual Big Dawg camp takes place on July 22nd. Williams looks forward to having the chance to work under the supervision of his future college coaches.

"I have been working hard to get better this summer," Williams said. "I am ready to get up there and be around everybody. I want to work on some things. I have been spending a lot of time working on opening up my hips and just working on all of my technique."

Growing up just miles away from the Bulldogs' arch-rival, Ole Miss, has made for some interesting discussions on social media. While fans of both schools have had their opinions about the Bulldogs making a push for a prospect in the Rebels' back yard, Williams reports he has not had to deal with anything more than some good nature ribbing.

"It's all been okay," Williams chuckled. "I guess it's kind of different, but it's my decision. People haven't really said much about it. I just feel like the people who really know me are just happy for me. I am excited about being a Bulldog."

As a junior, Williams recorded 25 tackles from his cornerback position. To go along with those personnel stops, Williams recorded seven pass break-ups, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. The 6-2, 180 pounder is one of the top players at his position in his home state of Mississippi.

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