Keytaon Thompson (© Chad Simmons / Scout)

Mississippi State quarterback commitment Keytaon Thompson takes in Starkville.

Mississippi State has the potential to put together one of the top early enrollment classes in the SEC with over a dozen prospects expected to join the Bulldog roster in January. While several potential difference makers on defense may make the early headlines, the Bulldog future on offense looks to rest in the capable hands of quarterback commitment Keytaon Thompson.

On Thursday night, Keytaon Thompson led Landry-Walker High School to a second round playoff victory. On Friday, the four star signal caller made his way to Starkville, Mississippi for his official visit to Mississippi State.

"I had a great time," Thompson said. "I got a chance to really see the rest of Mississippi State on this trip. I got to meet with some professors and see the academic side of things. I got to see the dorms and just see all of the things that the students get to use. It was a good visit and I was happy with everything. It just makes me more excited about getting up there."

Having had the chance to learn more about the student side of the student athlete experience, Thompson reports that he feels even more resolved in his decision to be a Bulldog. 

"I enjoyed being around the coaches and all of the players," Thompson said. "One of the best parts of the visit was getting to learn about everything else. I am excited about going to school there and being a part of the football program. We got to see everything and meet a lot of people. It was all a positive experience."

Thompson took in the Bulldogs' home finale contest against the University of Arkansas. While the home team came up short on the scoreboard, Thompson reports that he saw some positive things to build on going forward.

"I thought that they offense played pretty well," Thompson shared. "Nick (Fitzgerald) had a good game. I think we have a lot of play makers on offense. We just have some things to clean up on defense. They had some plays where they got out of position and missed on a couple of plays. I feel like if we could make just made a couple of plays on defense, that the game could have turned out differently."

Providing some of the insight from a Bulldog player's point of view was Mississippi State freshman cornerback Cam Dantzler. 

"Cam was my host," Thompson said. "He texted me a few days ago and asked me if I wanted him to host me. That was fine with me. I knew him from before. He's from Louisiana and played for St. Thomas Aquinas. He showed me a good time and explained a lot of things to me about what to expect."

Speaking of expectations, Thompson had the chance to sit down across from Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and discuss what the head man wants to see from his football players on and off of the field.

"Coach Mullen told me about what he expects me to do when I get up there on the football field and in the classroom," Thompson said. "He said that he expects his players to work hard in practice, in work out and in academics. He told me to be prepared to work hard when I get there and to come in ready to go."

Thompson is set to graduate in December and enroll at Mississippi State in January. Before the talented signal caller trades his high school school colors for the Maroon and White, the New Orleans native has some work to do at Landry-Walker.

"I feel like we played pretty well last week in the second round, but we have a few more rounds to go to get to the state championship," Thompson said. "I have a lot of confidence in my team and I feel like we can do it. We just need to get to work tomorrow and get ready to take on Parkway this week."

 Mississippi State beat out several programs to earn Thompson's early commitment. With an early enrollment date pending, the Bulldogs should be back up to four scholarship quarterbacks once the spring semester begins. 


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