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Callaway corner has strong showing at Mississippi State's Big Dawg Camp

Mississippi State brought together the majority of their 2017 verbal commitments as well as several of their top recruiting targets last Friday in the annual Bulldog family reunion known as the Big Dawg camp. One of the top defensive backs in attendance was Callaway High (MS) standout and Bulldog pledge Emanuel Dabney. Dabney reports that the camp was a positive experience for both him.

"It went great," Emanuel Dabney said of the event. "The best part was the one-on-ones and just being able to get out there and compete. There were a lot of great players here, so the competition was really good. That was really the best part."

Dabney believes that the level of competition he faced at Big Dawg camp enabled him to sharpen the saw a bit and prepare himself for what he expects to face this season in Mississippi's rugged 6A classification.

"All of this really helps me a lot," Dabney said. "It reminds me a little bit of what we do in practice. I am not going to go against anybody better than Mailk (Heath). Going up against him everyday in practice and in drills makes it a little easier when I come out here. I just love competing."

While Dabney enjoyed working against some of the top receivers in the region, the chance to work with Mississippi State corners' coach Terrell Buckley was also a highlight of the camp. Dabney says that he was able to fine tune some techniques that will aid him on the field this fall.

"We worked on our technique a lot," Dabney said. "He talked a lot about man coverage and worked with me on just getting better at everything. He really wants me to be great in an man coverage. We worked on that more than anything."

Dabney helped put one of the first wheels on the Mississippi State 2017 recruiting wagon. The long time Bulldog commitment reports that every time he returns to the Mississippi State campus that he feels more and more comfortable.

"It feels like coming home," Dabney said, "It's good to get back up here and see everybody, all of the coaches and players. I like getting back up here and showing my face when I can."

With the final camping excursion of the summer now behind him, Dabney and his fellow Chargers of Callaway High are ready to get down to the business at hand in Jackson.

"We have been working hard this summer, but the season is almost here now," Dabney said. "All I am thinking about right now is the 6A state championship."

During his junior season at CHS, Dabney had a hand in 41 tackles, nine pass break-ups, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a field goal block. Considered one of Mississippi's top corners for the 2017 signing class, Dabney reports that he is firmly committed to Mississippi State along with teammates Aaron Odom and Malik Heath who is widely considered the Magnolia State's top pass catcher for the 2018 recruiting cycle.

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