"It was a great feeling," Jarian Williams said. "I have been working for this my whole life and I am excited about getting the offer from Mississippi State. I had a great time at the camp and I enjoyed working with Coach Mo."
"Coach Mo" would be first year Mississippi State safeties' coach Maurice Linguist. Linguist put Williams through the practice paces and appears to have liked what he saw from the Northwest Rankin rising sophomore.
"He made us do a lot of drills and he said that I did pretty good," Williams said of Linguist. "He seems like he would be a great coach. He's a fun coach, but he really coaches you hard to do things the right way. I think he would be a good coach to play for."
Shortly after the Bulldogs offered, Williams was contacted by another in state program who wanted him to know that he was squarely on their recruiting radar.
"Ole Miss called my coach and they have called a few times already," Williams said. "Coach (Corey) Batoon is recruiting me from up there. I am supposed to be going to their camp later this month. I am probably going to LSU and I am going to be at the Big Dawg (Mississippi State) camp."
While the Bulldogs are the first program to offer, Williams plans to keep his options open as the process moves forward.
"I just feel blessed to be in this position already," Williams said. "I like Mississippi State. The coaches up there make you feel at home. It's like a family there and I am looking forward to going back up there for the Big Dawg camp.
"I have been hearing from a few schools, but I am not going to rush into anything. I just want to take my time and find the right place for me."
For now, Williams is more focused on the immediate future and high school football rather than his college recruitment. With a strong season in 2015, the Cougars are looking to take another step this fall.
"Everybody has been working hard in all of the summer workouts," Williams said. "I feel like we have everybody on the same page. I feel like if we all keep working hard that we have the chance to have a good season this year. I am excited about getting back out there. I am looking forward to the season."