Steve Robertson - Genespage.com

Ocean Springs wide out Austin Williams plans to enroll at Mississippi State next month.

Mississippi State secured the verbal commitment of Ocean Springs wide out Austin Williams during the early months of the 2017 recruiting calendar. Since pledging his allegiance to the Bulldogs, Williams has remained True Maroon and not entertained the recruiting efforts of other programs. This weekend, Williams took the only official visit he plans to take.

"We had a great time on the visit," Austin Williams said. "We got there on Friday and got to see the team. On Saturday. we did all of the academic stuff, saw the weight room and had lunch at Coach (Dan) Mullen's house. That was pretty cool. Today we met with the coaches, did the jersey thing and then I went to the basketball game."

Williams was hosted by Mississippi State offensive lineman, Harrison Moon. Williams reports that Moon explained in detail what it takes to be a Bulldog football player.

"I really liked Harrison. He's a great guy," Williams said of the redshirt freshman. "He told me that you have work hard everyday. He said that the coaches are going to push you hard every single day and that they want to get the best out of you. He told me to be prepared for that, because we have to work harder than ever have before. He said it's all worth it though. He said you get better and that the coaches get more out of you than you thought you had."

A frequent visitor to Starkville, Williams has seen most of the sights and sounds of the Bulldog experience. This weekend allowed the talented wide out the chance to try Mississippi State on for size as a potential player.

"Most of the guys on the visit this weekend are all committed to State," Williams said. "It was kind of cool be around everybody and start building that bond. We know we're all going to be teammates, so it was sort of cool to just have the chance to get to know each other better.

"I talked with Coach Mullen before I left and he just talked about what to expect next year. He was real encouraging and he wanted me to know what they expect and that he wants me to show up ready to work."

Williams was accompanied on the visit by Jackson County friend and some time on the field foe, James Jackson of Pascagoula. The pair have become friends throughout the recruiting process and look forward to a college career together.

"Things are good with James," Williams said. "We had  great time this weekend on the visit. He's a great guy. I think he's going to end up being my roommate once we both get up there in January."

Headed for Ocean Springs now, Williams will have a quick turnaround tomorrow. The talented wide out will make the drive to Jackson tomorrow morning to catch the Mississippi All-Star bus to Montgomery, Alabama for All-Star week.

Williams will join fellow Bulldog verbals Kylin Hill of Columbus, Paul Gainer of Gautier, Aaron Odom of Callaway. Tyler Williams of Lafayette and future roommate James Jackson on the Magnolia State roster. The talented crop of six will look to aid in the Mississippi State recruiting efforts as well as look to bring another win back across the state lines in the annual border war with Alabama. 


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