Mohamed Sanogo (© Greg Powers)

Plano, Texas linebacker Mohamed Sanogoo shares his thoughts on his Starkville experience

Mississippi State host nine official visitors this weekend as the Bulldogs look for the final pieces of their 2017 signing class. One of the last prospects to set up a trip to Starkville for the first official visit weekend of January was Plano, Texas linebacker Mohamed Sanogo. The hard hitting Sanogo reports that the experience was a positive one.

"I had a good time on the visit," Mohamed Sanogo said. "We got do a lot of stuff and I got the chance to talk with a lot of the players. It was fun. Yesterday was Nick Fitzgerald's birthday, so we got to celebrate with him. It was fun."

Sanogo shares that he enjoyed getting to learn about the Mississippi State football experience from his host for the weekend, linebacker Dezz Harris.

"I really like Dezz. He plays 'Mike', so he told me a lot about how that works in their defense," Sanogo said. "He was a good host and I got to hang out some with Big Stew, one of their lineman (Stewart Reese). He was really funny."

The Bulldog recruiting targets were able to spend some quality time with current Bulldog players and coaches. The weekend was filled with activity, which Sanogo appears to have enjoyed.

"We got to go to the basketball game and see all of the facilities," Sanogo said. "They fed us, a lot. We got to go over to the President's house, we got to go over to Coach Mullen's house and hang out and we got to spend time with the players.

"The best part of the weekend was just being with the players. You can tell that they are all really close and that everybody gets a long well. Just being able to spend time with them and learn about the team was really cool."

Before heading for the airport, Sanogo was able to get some face time with top Dawg Dan Mullen. The veteran coach had a simple message to the Plano West High School product.

"Coach Mullen told me that if I love football and I love working hard, that Mississippi State was the right place for me," Sanogo said. "He talked to me about what all they expect and about how much value they put on hard work. He told me that they would love to have me.

"He said that they need some linebackers and he feels like I would be a good fit for what they want to do on defense."

Sanogo is not quite ready to make a decision about his college future, but he knows that time is rapidly approaching. With an official visit set to Ole Miss next weekend, the three star linebacker is still considering his options.

"I can't really honestly rank the schools yet, because I haven't seen what Ole Miss has to offer yet," Sanogo said. "Once I take that visit, then I can sort of compare everything. I had a good time at Mississippi State and I feel like that would be a great opportunity if I decided to go there.

"I am going to take my visit next weekend and then see how things go. I haven't had any other new schools jump in, so I feel like I know which schools I will be choosing from.'

Baylor, Boise State, Mississippi State and Ole Miss all remain in contention, but Sanogo only plans to officially visit the Bulldogs and Rebels. With an All-Star appearance slated for the weekend of January 27th, next week's trip to Oxford will be the final official visit of the recruiting process.

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