Chad Simmons - Scout

Daytona, Florida product Denzel Houston recaps his official visit to Mississippi State.

Mississippi State hosted several Bulldog hopeful this weekend for their official visits. One first time visitor, Denzel Houston of Daytona, Florida came away impressed with the Mississippi State campus. While the Bulldogs have not pulled the trigger on a scholarship offer just yet, Houston is hopeful that they do.

"The visit went good," Denzel Houston said. "I had a good time seeing every thing and meeting everybody. This was my first time to ever visit Mississippi State and I liked it."

Houston had the chance to gain some inside information from a current Bulldog player. The interaction between Houston and one of the Bulldogs' top young receivers appears to have been extremely positive. 

"Deddrick Thomas from Memphis was my host," Houston said. "I liked him. He told me what to expect. He said that they work really hard, but I like that. We work really hard at Mainland, so I am used to working hard. He was cool. I enjoyed hanging out with him."

While the weekend was filled with activity, Houston reports that the best thing about Mississippi State was the chance to get to know his prospective teammates and hear about life and times in the Southeastern Conference. 

"I got to see all of the facilities, the dorms and just the whole school," Houston said. "I got to see everything and we got to eat really good. I think the thing I liked the most about taking the visit was just being around the players. They are a really close team. You can tell that it's really a family there. They all seem to get along good."

Houston lined up at quarterback for Mainland High School this past season, but the explosive play maker is getting looks from Mississippi State as an athlete who may end up at corner on the next level. A spot in the rotation at wide receiver is also a possibility, but for now Houston is simply hoping for a scholarship offer from Coach Dan Mullen and his staff.

"I am not sure if they are going to offer or not just yet," Houston said. "I was talking with the coaches before I left and I may know something about that before the end of the day. I hope they offer. I had a good time on the visit and I really like the players and the coaches. It's a good program."

With signing day just over a week away, Houston plans to keep his cards close to his vest as he considers his college options before putting pen to signing day paper. 

"I don't have a leader right now," Houston says. "I don't have any favorites. I am just trying to see what's going to happen and what offers I am going to have. I am visiting FIU ( Florida International) next weekend and then I plan to make my decision after that."

The former Western Michigan commitment elected to re-open his recruitment after the coaching change there. Central Michigan and FIU extended scholarship offers after Houston began exploring other college options.


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