Steve Robertson - Genespage.com

Mississippi State verbal among top pass catchers this week in All-Star game practice sessions.

Mississippi State secured the verbal pledge of wide receiver Austin Williams very early in the recruiting cycle. Since that time, Williams has remained True Maroon. Fresh off of his official visit to Starkville, Williams is preparing for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game.

Last year, the Mississippi squad earned a victory over their peers from Alabama. The 2016 Magnolia Staters will look to build on that success this Saturday as the annual battle for bragging rights takes place in Montgomery, Alabama. 

Austin Williams hoped his name would be included when the Mississippi Association of Coaches made their All-Star selections. Having earned his way on to the squad, Williams reports that the experience has been better than he expected.

"Being out here and competing with some of the best dudes in the state has been an awesome experience," Williams offered. "This is what I wanted to do all along. It's been great."

Bringing a group of alpha dogs together might prove to be difficult task to manage, but Williams reports that the state's top prospects have a common goal in mind. The chance to lift the trophy signifying another victory in the annual border war is in the forefront of the Mississippi All-Stars' minds. 

"We are coming together, because we want to represent our state," Williams said. "It's always going to be sort of competitive, because we're all sort of the top dogs where we come from. We all want to be the best, but we're all coming together as a team and looking for a win."

Williams reports that having the chance to be on the same field with some of the state's top recruits has been a rewarding experience. It has also revealed to Williams just how deep the talent pool in the Magnolia State is this year.

"One of the biggest things to me is just to see how deep Mississippi is with talent this year," Williams said. "We have a full roster of a bunch of guys that can play. It's a very talented group and I'm definitely holding my own. There has been no drop off or anything."

Williams is pleased with how the team has prepared and believes that the team will bring their best efforts when it matters most on Saturday once the teams tee it up for the noon affair.

"We have been working through our reps and just getting our timing down," Williams said. "We just need to be sure that we all know the playbook back and forth and that we're ready to go on Saturday."

With many prospects still considering their college futures, Williams has been willing to share his thoughts on a future in Starkville as a Mississippi State Bulldog. That said, Williams suggests that the recruiting talk died down as game day approached.

"Everybody is sort of keeping their cards close," Williams said with a grin. "It's really just more about the game now. There is a little recruiting talk going on, but we're all getting ready for Saturday."

The All-Star affair this weekend will close out the prep career for the Ocean Springs product. Before the year is over, Williams will have the chance to see his future team, Mississippi State, participate in its' school record seventh consecutive bowl game. Despite being a rebuilding year in Starkville, the Bulldogs fought their way into the post season.

Williams believes that the future of Mississippi State football will be extremely positive and he is ready to be part of it come January.

"I can see the future and the vision," Williams said. "I know we have a lot of hope, a lot of young talent and it will be fun to fit in."

The Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game will be broadcast throughout the states of Alabama and Mississippi. ABC has the broadcast rights this season, so check your local affiliates for the broadcast.


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