McComb native is another Mississippi JuCo success story

Just days removed from the Big Dawg camp, Mississippi State continues their recruiting momentum. Co-Lin Community College defensive back Jaquarius Landrews picked up the phone and dialed Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen to inform him that he was ready to be a Bulldog.

"I had tried to call Coach Mullen earlier, but he was busy," Jaquarius Landrews said. "I just got off of the phone with him and I told him that I was committing. He was really excited. He told me that he had been waiting on me to call him and let him that I was ready to be a Bulldog. He said that he is proud to have me and that they can't wait for me to get up there and get started."

Landrews is being recruited to play safety for the Bulldogs. Coach Maurice Linguist was a big part of the draw for the McComb, Mississippi product. 

"I really like Coach Linguist," Landrews explained. "He is a real fun guy and I think he's going to be a great coach to play for. He has fun, but he really coaches you to be a better player. I like all of the coaches and I am excited to get up there."

A full qualifier out of McComb High School, there was some talk about Landrews making the move to Starkville this summer. While those discussions did not last long, Landrews felt then that Mississippi State was where he wanted to be. Once the 2016 season is complete, Landrews will look to make the move from Wesson to Mississippi State in January where he will compete for playing time during the spring practice sessions of 2017.

The talented defensive back will join some current former teammates on the Mississippi State campus when that time comes. Former Wolfpack players Tre Brown and Lashard Durr are currently enrolled on scholarship now, while offensive lineman Tommy Champion and defensive end Deion Pope will look to begin their Bulldog careers alongside Landrews once the calendar turns over to 2017.

"My family is really excited for me and really proud for me," Landrews said. "I am the one who sort of looks after my family, because of the circumstances. Mississippi State is one of the schools I have always wanted to play for, so my family is happy about that and they are glad that I am still going to be in Mississippi."

With his college commitment made, Landrews reports that the recruiting process is over. In his mind, it is time to get to work and focus on Co-Lin football.

"I think we have the chance to have a great season," Landrews declared. "I feel like I am getting new brothers every day. Everybody is working hard and we have a lot of talent down here. We all just have a great bond and we enjoy being together. I feel like if we all work together that we can achieve our goals. I know we all want a championship."

In seven games last season, Landrews as responsible for 15 tackles and a pair of interceptions as he played primarily in a reserve role. Heading into the fall, Landrews is considered the top returning defensive back for Coach Glenn Davis and his staff. 

Landrews chose Mississippi State over offers from Auburn. Middle Tennessee State and Southern Miss among others. The 6-0, 185 pounder earned a scholarship from Mississippi State after a jaw dropping performance in the June one day camp sessions. Landrews is the 21st verbal commitment towards the 2017 Mississippi State signing class, the 14th of which played in a Mississippi High School program.

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