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Callaway defensive back holds Mississippi State offer

Mississippi State has found some real success at Callaway High School in recent years. The Bulldogs currently hold commitments from four players who are products of the Charger program. One CHS standout who holds an offer from State, 2017 standout Harrell Blackmon, is still considering his options.

Harrell Blackmon is part of an extremely talented senior class at Callaway. Mississippi State hosted several of those rising seniors last Friday as part of the annual Big Dawg camp. Blackmon considers his experience in Starkville as very positive.

"I feel like everything went pretty good," Blackmon said. "When we went in the room to watch film, I learned some techniques. Then they wanted us to come out here and do them. I feel like I did pretty good with all of it. I learned a lot of new things."

Blackmon, like many of his classmates, excelled during the one-on-one portion of the evening's events. The versatile safety reports that the chance to shine under the lights of Davis Wade Stadium was one who was eager to take.

"We love competing," Blackmon said. "We do it everyday in practice. We compete hard against our offense and we play '1 to 5'. Whoever loses has to run gassers. Coming out here to the camp, we wanted to bring the same intensity."

As it stands now, Blackmon is content to put his college recruitment on the back burner for a bit as his senior season is set to begin. A handful of schools remain in regular contact.

"Everything is still pretty much the same," Blackmon said. "I am just trying to sort of keep everything in the middle right now. I still have to think about where I am going to spend the rest of these years playing football. I might know something soon, but I am just trying to take my time with it."

The group from Callaway spends a lot of their free time together. Blackmon reports that the Chargers by and large feel more like a family than a football team. The Jackson, Mississippi native believes that the bonds forged off of the field tend to hold strong on the field.

"Team chemistry is real important to us," Blackmon explained. "After we practice, sometimes we go swimming and just forget about all of this other stuff for a while. It's like we're all brothers. We are always looking out for each other."

Callaway will begin their season on August 19th on the road at Ridgeland High School. The Chargers will look to improve on last season's 5-7 campaign that ended with tough losses to Murrah (7-3) and Warren Central (14-8) that lead to the team missing the 6A state playoffs. 

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