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Samir Martula plans to take three official visits in January including one to Starkville.

Mississippi State will look to add some additional offensive linemen to the Bulldogs' 2017 signing class in the final weeks leading up to National Signing Day. With two signed and two committed, the Bulldogs have addressed some needs in that personnel group, but it appears Coach John Hevesy still has some targets on the Bulldogs' recruiting radar.

Cypress Ranch High School (TX) big man Samir Martula is a name to watch in the final stretch to February 1st. The 6-7, 300 pound tackle currently holds several college offers with more schools considering following suit. 

"I have offers from North Texas, Tulsa, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico, New Mexico State, SFA (Stephen F. Austin), Texas State and a few others," Martula said. "There are some other schools showing interest that haven't offered too."

Dan Mullen and his staff in Starkville began reaching out to Martula during his senior season at Cypress Ranch. Martula and his family took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State the following weekend. Needless to say, Martula is interested to see how things go with the Bulldogs.

"When I took the trip out there, it was my first time to ever visit Mississippi State," Martula said. "I had a good time out there and I liked the campus and all of the player and coaches. I have an official visit set up to go back out there on January 20th."

The Bulldogs have explained to Martula that he is a prospect of interest and that some big news come be headed his way between now and National Signing Day. 

"They haven't offered me yet, but they told me that they were going to look at their numbers after the junior college signing period," Martula said. "They told me that they feel like I fit what they're looking for in an offensive lineman and that I would fit into their system pretty good."

Mississippi State signed a pair of offensive lineman on December 14th, Tommy Champion (Co-Lin) and Tyre Phillips (EMCC). The Bulldogs also missed on D'Marcus Hayes (Mississippi Gulf Coast) who elected to sign with Georgia. 

While an offer from Mississippi State may be in the works for Martula, the talented offensive tackle is not simply waiting for the phone to ring. A pair of other programs have discussed official visits with Martula later this month.

"I am going to Louisiana-Monroe the weekend of the 13th and we're setting one up with North Texas," Martula said. "I have been interested in both of those schools a good bit, so I am planning to take official visits there. I plan on making a decision after I take my visits."

Martula has a good idea about what he is looking for in the college experience, With double digit offers to his credit, the Lone Star standout still has some thinking to do."

"I am just trying to find the school where I can get my education and where I fit in the best," Martula said. "I am looking forward to taking my visits and seeing what happens. I am just going to take my time and find the right place for me."

Cypress Ranch High School had a tremendous season in 2016. The Mustangs had an undefeated regular season and advanced to the second round of the Texas High School playoffs were they fell to Katy High School, 31-14. 


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