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Mississippi State commitment Austin Williams is one of two wide receivers in the current class

Mississippi State picked up a pair of post signing day inkings from wide receivers Osirus Mitchell and Reginald Todd. The late qualifiers may change the total number of Bulldog pass catchers signed in the 2017 signing class, but the final clearances are still pending. Looking ahead to 2017, Ocean Springs wide out Austin Williams has already taken the Bulldogs up on their offer to join the program once his high school career is done.

Austin Williams paid an unofficial visit to Starkville in early June as the Bulldogs went through 15 days of one day camps. While Williams did not take part in drills, he is still working this summer to sharpen the proverbial saw.

"We are all working hard and trying to get better before the season begins," Williams said. "We are at a team camp at Southwest (Mississippi Community College) for a few days right now. It's just a chance for us to all get away and get some work done."

A playoff team a season ago, Ocean Springs will look to build on their post season appearance last fall. Williams reports that the team is in transition now as they work towards rounding out the puzzle of 22.

"We are going to be a young team this year," Williams said. "We still have the chance to be a good team. We just need some of these young guys to get ready to play. I feel like we have a good senior class, but in order to have the kind of season we want to have, we are going to need some of these young guys to contribute."

Since making his verbal pledge to Mississippi State, Williams has turned his focus towards his senior season and his up coming college career in Starkville. The relationships Williams has built with the Bulldog coaches appear to be strong ones.

"Coach (Terrell) Buckley is my recruiting coach," Williams said. "I talk with him and with Coach G (Billy Gonzales) a good bit. We have a good relationship. I am really looking forward to working with Coach G when I get up there next month for Big Dawg camp. I know that should be a good experience."

In addition to forging bonds with Bulldog coaches, Williams is getting to know some of his fellow commitments. Some of those future locker room family members live close by.

"I have been in touch with some of the other guys like Tyler Dunning, Paul (Gainer) and James (Jackson) and a few other guys," Williams said. "With Paul and James being from the area, we have talked a good bit. We have talked about all we want to do once we get up there. I like both of those guys a lot."

The Jackson country trio will join most of the Bulldog top targets in Starkville July 22nd as Dan Mullen and his staff hold their final summer camp session of the 2016 year. Nearly all of the Mississippi State 2016 commitments and priority targets are expected to attend the annual event. 

As a junior, Williams hauled in 56 passes for 928 yards and seven touchdowns for the Greyhounds of Ocean Springs High School. The 928 receiving yards were 9th best among Mississippi juniors and the sixth highest receiving total for 6A wide outs. 

Heading into his senior season, Williams is looking at numbers so much as he is personal improvement as a football player.

"I am just trying to get better at everything," Williams explained. "I want to have a good year this year, so I am just trying work on every facet of route running. I just want to get better and do all I can to help the team this season."

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