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Mississippi State verbal commitment Tommy Champion recaps his official visit to Starkville.

Long time Mississippi State verbal Tommy Champion took an official visit to Starkville this past weekend to learn more about what the future may hold as a Bulldog. The talented offensive lineman is now finishing his final academic requirements at Co-Lin Community College before making his decision to become a Bulldog official later this month.

"Everything went great," Tommy Champion said. "I had a nice time. We got to see the all of the facilities, the classrooms and we got tour the campus. We got to go hang out over at Coach (Dan) Mullen's house. They fed us good and we just had a good time."

Champion had the chance to learn more about the inner workings of the Mississippi State football program during the weekend thanks to host Elgton Jenkins. While Champion reports the guided tour may have been old hat, the insight provided by Jenkins was valuable information.

"Elgton is a good guy and he told me about everything, I knew him from before. We played against each other in high school," Champion said. "He told me that the workouts are no joke. He said that the things they do during the winter is some of the hardest things they do all year. He said that those off season workouts will either make you or break you. He said they work hard to get better and that everybody helps each other."

Out of Callaway High high school, Champion was set to sign on with the Bulldogs two classes ago. The talented big man elected to forego his spring semester in Jackson and enroll at Co-Lin to begin his college career in Wesson. While under the direction of Coach Glenn Davis, Champion spent some time as an offensive guard.

With just a few weeks before reporting for spring classes at Mississippi State, Champion is still open to whatever position the Bulldog coaches have in mind.

"I can play guard or tackle," Champion said. "I would say I probably prefer guard a little more, but I can play either one of them. It's just going to be up the coaches. I just want to play where the team needs me. It really doesn't matter to me. I just want to help the team."

It is finals week at Co-Lin and Mississippi State. Champion has worked hard to provide himself with an SEC opportunity. After speaking with Coach Mullen on Sunday, Champion is raring to take the field as a Bulldog.

"Coach Mullen told me how proud he was of me and how glad he was that I stayed on top of my grades and everything," Champion said. "He told me that they were ready to get me up there and that I needed to come in ready to work. 

"I know that they have some lineman graduating, so he wants me to come in and compete. I am ready to get up there and get started."

Champion spent two years at Co-Lin as he matured into one of the top offensive lineman in the state of Mississippi. The Jackson, Mississippi native was recently awarded First Team honors for NJCAA  Region 23. Champion helped the team to a 6-3 mark this season. 

With Mississippi State looking to replace three regular starters on the offensive line, Champion is expected to provide an immediate contribution. Where he lines up along the Bulldog front will be determined this spring.


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