Montravious Richardson (Photo by Chad Simmons)

Longtime Mississippi State verbal Montravious Richardson is set to take his official visit to Starkville this weekend.

Mississippi State will host it's final grouping of official visitors for the 2017 recruiting cycle this weekend. The Bulldogs will have one verbally committed prospect on campus to aid in their recruiting efforts in the form of massive offensive tackle prospect Montravious Richardson. Richardson and his family will make the drive over on Friday.

"I am going to be bringing my mama, my sister, my brother and hopefully my grandmama this weekend," Montravious Richardson said. "I am looking forward to the visit and getting back on campus. I want my family to be able to see everything and see where I am going to be."

While Coach Dan Mullen is on the road this week spending some time visiting with prospects in person, Richardson has already had the chance to have some face time with his future coach, so the Top Dawg can focus his energies elsewhere.

"Coach Mullen and Coach (John) Hevesy came to see me at the school back in December," Richardson said. "It's kind of cool having them at the school and a bunch of people saw them there. It just makes me realize that all of my work is paying off. Coach Hevesy was just up here last week too. I have seen him a few times."

Richardson attended the Big Dawg camp back in July where his efforts ultimately earned him a scholarship offer from the Bulldogs. A few weeks later, Richardson accepted the Bulldogs' offer and closed out his recruitment. 

Since joining the ranks of the Maroon and White, the 6-7, 300 pounder has only been able to make it back on the Mississippi State campus once.

"I went up there to see them play Auburn," Richardson said. "The game didn't go to good, but I enjoyed being there. It was a good experience and it got me excited about being on the field. They sort of turned it around after that and Nick Fitzgerald and the offense got it going. The finished up strong."

While some other programs have contacted Richardson to test the level of his commitment to Mississippi State. To date, Richardson has taken no other official visits. The trip to Starkville on the final weekend of the contact period will be the only one the athletic big man takes.

"Mississippi State took a chance on me first," Richardson said. "It wouldn't be right to change my mind after that. They have been loyal to me, so I am going to be loyal to them. I have had a few other schools message me, but I don't even answer them."

Westover High School ended the season on the outside looking in when it came to the Georgia state playoffs. The Patriots recorded a 5-5 mark on the 2016 campaign, but the WHS seniors were able to leave the field as winners on senior night thanks to a 28-6 win over Shaw High School. 

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