Steve Robertson -

Jackson, Mississippi native plans to return to his home state for college

Mississippi State entered the summer months needing to identify some priority offensive line prospects. Fan favorite Cordavien Suggs, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, collected over two dozen offers from college football programs. With a final five announced yesterday of Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Florida, Suggs made his way to Big Dawg camp. Before the night was over, Suggs made his way home as a Bulldog.

"Everything went great," Suggs said. "It was a great experience. I enjoyed having a chance to compete with the top players. It was a really good camp."

Suggs was unable to attend the June camp sessions in Starkville, so the Big Dawg camp provided him with the chance to work with Bulldog offensive line coach John Hevesy for the first time. The experience appears to have gone well.

"Coach Hevesy is a great coach," Suggs said. "I definitely got better with him today. I look forward to him coaching me."

Once the camp concluded, Suggs and his mother had the chance to meet with Coach Dan Mullen to discuss the possibilities at Mississippi State. During that meeting, Suggs elected to verbally commit to the Bulldogs and set his life on a path for Starkville, Mississippi once his high school career is over.

"Mississippi State has everything I am looking for," Suggs said. "It's a good program and they work hard. I love everything about them."

The three star standout chose the Bulldogs over offers from Colorado, Louisville, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest among many others.

With his decision behind him, Suggs is ready to enjoy what is left of the summer before getting back to work for Duncan Fletcher football. The talented offensive tackle expects his final season on the prep level to be his best one.

"I am expecting to have a dominant season," Suggs said. "I feel like I got bigger, faster and stronger in the off season, so I am ready to have a good season. I am ready to take my team to state."

Suggs was one of three Bulldog targets to declare the intentions of signing with Mississippi State once the dust settled from Big Dawg camp. Joining the rangy offensive tackle were offensive lineman Tyre Phillips of East Mississippi and defensive lineman Deion Pope of Co-Lin. All three prospects are Mississippi natives and are now actively working to aid in the Bulldog recruiting efforts.

Gene's Page Top Stories