Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page

Mississippi State takes the first steps towards the home stretch to National Signing Day.

Riding the wave of a 55-20 cake walk win over arch-rival Ole Miss, the Mississippi State football staff hit the road on Sunday to have in person visits with some talented players in the state of Mississippi.

While Bulldog fans around the country slept, the Mississippi State coaching staff was already at work in the Leo Seal Complex reviewing film from Saturday's extraction of the Golden Egg Trophy from its' captors in Oxford. The historic trouncing over the Rebels, 55-20, provided the Maroon and White family with a pallet cleansing victory to complete a frustrating regular season slate that ended with a 5-7 mark.

With in-season Sunday protocol sufficiently followed, the Bulldogs hit the road on this the first day of allowable off campus contacts with senior prospects set to sign as part of the 2017 signing class.

A pair of in state talents hosted Mississippi State assistants on Sunday with more expected to follow suit as Bulldog staffers await word of their potential post-season destination. 

Bulldog running backs' coach Greg Knox made the short drive over to Columbus, Mississippi to visit with four star state verbal, Kylin Hill. While Hill reports that he is solid in his commitment to Coach Dan Mullen and his staff, the talented running back was eager to sit down with his future position coach in a more relaxed setting.

"The visit was basically letting my mom know what's up," Hill shared. "I'm already set and ready to go. (The visit) went well. We laughed and joked and talked about my schedule. (Knox) basically told me that after graduation, I gotta be ready to go ASAP."

Before saying good-bye to the veteran Bulldog coach, Hill reports that the two shared some time discussing the Bulldogs' win over Ole Miss in the annual grudge match for in-state bragging rights.

"We were talking about how much success they were having running the ball," Hill explained. "Pretty easy if you ask me, an all around good game."

A potential path finder for the talented Hill also had the chance to host Mississippi State on Sunday, Madison-Ridgeland Academy standout Saahdiq Charles. The LSU commitment learned yesterday that Coach Ed Orgeron would be retained in Baton Rouge as the head coach. 

Changes are expected on the LSU staff and that process has already begun. Two time LSU assistant coach Bradley Peveto was relived of his duties on Sunday as Orgeron begins to finalize his staff. There are rumors that Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is the primary target to take the same post on the new Tiger coaching staff. 

LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who has been a central figure in the Tigers' pursuit of the talented Charles, is under contract until after the 2017 season. While there has been no official confirmation, there is talk that Grimes will remain on staff. Should the Tigers elect to go in another direction, then Charles recruitment may become more fluid.

Charles, a projected offensive guard, has taken some unofficial visit to Starkville in recent weeks and there is talk of an official visit before a final decision is made. The Bulldogs are looking to round out their class with a strong collection of offensive line prospects. Charles is easily one of the state's best. 

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