Grenada, Mississippi native commits to Mississippi State

While it may have come as no surprise, the news that East Mississippi Community College offensive lineman Tyre Phillips was committing to Mississippi State was welcomed by Bulldog fans. As the first commitment of Friday Night's Big Dawg camp, Phillips filled a spot in a personnel group that is a huge priority for Coach Dan Mullen and his staff in this recruiting cycle, the offensive line.

"The camp was a great experience," Tyre Phillips said. "It was a chance to go against some great competition. I enjoyed myself. I feel like I got better today with my agility and my conditioning. I learned some things in the weight room that are going to help me be a better player."

The learning in Starkville will continue for Phillips who declared his college choice once the camp was over. Now ready to join the Mississippi State program in January, the Grenada High product was all smiles.

"I really committed last week," Phillips said. "They just didn't want me to say anything until I made it public tonight. I'm committed now and I am excited."

Phillips saw no need to play games with the recruiting process. Once the offer from the Bulldogs was extended, the 6-6, 325 pounder was ready to roll. Knowing his college destination enables the personable Phillips to move ahead and focus on more pressing things.

"Mississippi State is where I have always wanted to be," Phillips said. "Growing up, I always dreamed of playing at this school. I always wanted to be a Bulldog. This is a dream come true. I am just ready to get on board now and be a part of the team."

Phillips will now turn his attention towards the fall and a chance to win another National Title for Coach Buddy Stephens and East Mississippi. The Lions are expected to contend again this fall, which has become an annual event it seems in Scooba.

Phillips was one of three Bulldog targets who announced their commitments to Mississippi State following the annual Big Dawg camp. Joining Phillips was offensive tackle Cordavien Suggs of Duncan Fletcher High School (FL) and Co-Lin defensive tackle Deion Pope of Collins, Mississippi. All three new Dawgs are Mississippi natives.


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