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Mississippi State spends some time at Co-Lin as the Wolfpack prepares for an official visit weekend in Starkville.

Mississippi State continues to put in the road work to find the final pieces of their 2017 signing class puzzle. Some of the cornerstones of that class are currently attending Copiah-Lincoln Community College. The Bulldogs dropped in to chat with some of their top junior college commitments and targets earlier today.

"Coach (Peter) Sirmon, Coach (Linguist) and them came to see us today," Deion Pope said. "It was good to get to talk with them. Me and Tez (Montez Sweat) enjoyed talking to them and talking about the future. We wanted to show them our board work. We want them to know what we already know. It was a good visit."

The pair of Bulldog defensive commitments are expected on campus this weekend along with fellow Co-Lin teammates offensive lineman Tommy Champion and defensive back Jaquarius Landrews for their official visits. Pope reports that he is eager to get to Starkville to share the experience with his family.

"I really want my mama to see everything," Pope said. "She's seen some of it, but I want her to see it all. I want my mama to see that this is going to be my home away from home. I want her to see all of the things that I have seen and have a good feeling about where I am going to be. I love it up there."

Pope reports that spending the weekend with some of his current teammates is an added bonus to the official visit experience. Over the course of the season, Pope has become very close with line mate and fellow Mississippi State verbal Montez Sweat.

"When I first heard he was coming, I wondered what kind of player he was going to be and what kind of person he was," Pope said of his teammate. "It didn't take long for me to figure out that we were a lot a like. We just wanted to go in, get our work done and get out of here.

"He is like my brother now. There is not a day that goes by that we are not together. We push each other to get better.

"There were times when I didn't even feel like going to practice and he would be there to get on me. There would be days that I would have to get on him. We just learned to look out for each other and work together. 

"This visit to Mississippi State is the only official visit that either of us are going to be taking. We're both ready to get up there and get to work."

Bulldog fans along with the the Mississippi State defensive staff should certainly be excited about the January enrollments for both Pope and Sweat. Pope reports that his feelings about his future team have only grown in the past few days.

"I feel great about Mississippi State, because we run the state again," Pope said. "I was hoping we would beat Ole Miss by a couple of touchdowns, so I was real happy with the final score. 

"I was watching the game with a couple of Ole Miss friends and we had a good little game for a while, but in that third quarter we started blowing them out. By the end of the game, it was like they didn't even belong on the same field with us.

"I can't wait to get up there and get started. I am ready to get to work and help the team have a big season next year."


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