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Mississippi State verbal pledge to play in Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game

Mississippi State fans will be able to see six of their 2017 commitments in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game this December. Earlier this week, the Mississippi Association of Coaches announced their selections for the annual border war with the All-Stars from Alabama. Ocean Springs wide out and State verbal Austin Williams made the prestigious roster.

"I found out on Twitter," Austin Williams said. "At first, I didn't see my name and I thought I didn't make it. I went back through it and saw my name and I was excited. I was hoping I would get the chance to play in that game. It's an honor to be a part of it and to have a chance to play with the best of the best."

Before Williams took the time to celebrate with teammates and other All-Stars, the talented wide out reached out to his two biggest fans to share the good news.

"I texted my parents to be sure that they knew," Williams shared. "My dad was on Twitter trying to find out just like me. My parents and all of my family are really proud for me. I am really happy to have the chance play in this game and represent Mississippi. I've always watched this game."

Joining Williams on the Mississippi All-Star roster as Mississippi State commitments are offensive lineman Paul Gainer (Gautier), running back Kylin Hill (Columbus), defensive tackle James Jackson (Pascagoula), defensive end Aaron Odom (Callaway) and cornerback Tyler Williams (Lafayette County). 

Williams has helped his Ocean Springs team to a 4-2 record so far on the season. Through six games, Williams has 22 catches 374 yards and seven touchdowns catches. Despite drawing double teams in most games. Williams leads the Greyhounds in every statistical category for receivers. 

"We have been doing pretty good," Williams said. "I feel like we have had some good games, but we had a couple of tough games early. We have a lot of young guys who have had to step up this year. I feel like we're starting to get some things figured out."

After this weekend's contest at Biloxi, Williams will hit the road to Starkville to see his future team, Mississippi State, in action against Auburn. Kickoff is set for 11 AM, so Williams will have to make some real effort to be in town early enough to meet with the Mississippi State staffers prior to the game. For the future Bulldog, it all appears worth it.

"I am excited about getting back up there and seeing the game against Auburn," Williams shared. "It's going to be a good game. We just have a few things we need to clean up, but I am expecting them to play well. It's always good to get back up there and see everybody."

Over a dozen schools offered Williams the opportunity to be a part of their programs, but the three star wide receiver remains solid with the Bulldogs of Mississippi State.

"I am still solid and I am looking forward to the future," Williams said. "I am just ready to get up there and get to work."

Before enrolling in Starkville, Williams has some business to attend to on the high school level including a possible run in the post season with Ocean Springs. Once his career as a Greyhound is over, Williams will have one more high school game to play.

When asked who fans should expect to emerge victorious in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game, Williams had a simple answer, "Mississippi all the way."

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