"I had a really good time on my visit," Tyler Dunning said. "I got to take the tour and see everything. I got to hang out with the players and just enjoy the weekend. We got to do a lot of good stuff and just get a feeling of what it's going to be like."
The current Mississippi State player who spent the weekend hosting Dunning was another young Mississippi State linebacker who did his part to prepare Dunning for the road ahead.
"Erroll (Thompson) was my guy," Dunning said. "It's just a good vibe every time we get together. I always enjoy getting to be around him. He hung out with a lot of the other players and they all treated me like family. They told me to come in ready to work hard and get better. I am excited to get back up there."
While spending some quality time with future coaches and teammates, Dunning reports the better part of the weekend was sharing the experience with his #1 fan. The south Florida All-American was eager for his mother to see the sights and sounds of Mississippi State.
"I really enjoyed being able to show my mom everything," Dunning said. "This was her first time getting to see everything. She had never been to Mississippi State before. She loved it. She had a lot of questions about things, but she mainly wanted to know about school. She didn't have too many questions about football. She wanted to know about classes and about me getting my degree."
Dunning reports that his commitment to Mississippi State has never wavered, but he was interested in spending some time with his new position coach and Bulldog defensive boss, Todd Grantham. The two had the chance to sit down and talk football over the weekend.
"Coach Grantham loves defense," Dunning said. "I was glad I got to talk with him about everything. He is real excited about getting me up there and about getting started. I like what he had to say. He wants to be real aggressive and that's the kind of defense that I want to play in. I'm excited about it."
It appears that Dan Mullen's decision to hire Grantham to take over the defensive play calling has Dunning bullish on the future of Mississippi State football.
"When you have a guy like Coach Mullen that can develop quarterbacks and put a great offense on the field, it's big," Dunning offered. "Then when you add a guy like Coach Grantham to run the defense, then you really have a chance to do some big things. I am ready to get up there and be a part of it."
Over the course of the weekend, Dunning reports that he did is part to share some good Bulldog tidings with some of the prospects on campus who are still making their college decisions.
"I know everybody has to make their own decision and do what is best for them," Dunning said. "I talked to a couple of guys and did a little recruiting. I know what kind of class we're going to have and I think they should be a part of that."