East Mississippi Community College

Former Clarksdale High School standout was one of several visitors in Starkville over the weekend.

Mississippi State will see a handful of spots open up on their two deep chart along the defensive front once the 2016 season comes to an end. The Bulldogs are mining the junior college ranks looking for potential replacements for the soon to be graduated seniors. A new name on the Bulldog radar is East Mississippi Community College defensive end Ezekiel Rose who officially visited Starkville over the weekend.

"I have offers from Marshall, South Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Miss, Memphis, West Georgia and some smaller schools," Ezekiel Rose said. "Mississippi State says that they are going to offer me, but they aren't sure what position that I fit in up there just yet. They are going to let me know. They think I could play defensive end or tight end. It doesn't really matter which one. I just want to be on the field."

This weekend, Rose had the chance to get to know more about the Mississippi State student athlete experience. While Rose, a Clarksdale High School product, has been on campus many times before, this trip to Starkville was a lot more detailed.

"I have been up there so many times that I sort of know my way around," Rose said. "On the visit though, I really got a chance to see everything up close and really see what I was looking at. I got the chance to go inside and tour all of the facilities, so it was a lot different. I enjoyed myself and I enjoyed getting to see everything."

Rose is friends and former teammates of current Bulldogs, J.T. Gray and Elgton Jenkins. While the pair of CHS alums would have been able to provide some quality insight into the behind the scenes of the Bulldog program, their collective attention was on the Arkansas Razorbacks. A redshirt Bulldog ambassador handled the hosting responsibilities. 

"My host was Kobe Jones," Rose said with a chuckle. "He's a really fun guy to be around. He's funny and he likes to have a good time. He really likes it up there at Mississippi State and he told me all about it. He was a great host and he made me feel like I would be a part of the family with him if I went there."

With a busy Holiday season planned, Rose has some thinking to do when it comes to the next phase of his college football career. While the Bulldogs have talked offer, Rose is not content to sit by the phone waiting for the call.

"I am going to visit Louisiana-Lafayette this weekend," Rose said. "After that I am either going to Marshall or another school, then I have the bowl game and I will probably take another visit or two. I am still thinking about all of that. I have to make a decision in a few weeks, so I want to get out to these schools and see where I fit in the best."

Through nine games at Scooba, Rose had a hand in 28 tackles, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Perhaps the best game of the season for Rose took place in the first round of the NJCAA playoffs. The talented five total personnel stops and a sack to help East Mississippi advance to the regional championship game.

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