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Clarksdale High junior defensive back Esaias Furdge plans to stay home for his college career.

Coach Dan Mullen and his staff are working hard to secure the commitments of the final pieces of the 2017 recruiting class. While those talented seniors are making their final selections, the Bulldogs are beginning to put the building blocks for the 2018 class in place. Earlier today, Clarksdale High School (MS) junior defensive back Esaias Furdge announced his commitment to the Bulldogs.

"I had talked with Coach (Dan) Mullen about everything a few days ago," Esaias Furdge said. "I decided to just go ahead and (message) him and let him know that I was ready to commit. He said that he was excited to have me."

Furdge holds offers from Memphis, Mississippi State and Southern Miss already and other programs are showing early interest. While the talented defensive back will not put pen to signing day paper for another year, he felt that now was the right time to announce his college decision.

"I have been talking about everything with my dad," Furdge said. "Mississippi State has always been one of my favorite teams and I just like how the run their program. They don't just care about you as a football player. They want to make you a better man. They want to be sure that you get your education. There is a lot more to it than just football."

Mississippi State now holds four verbal pledges for the 2018 signing class including three from Mississippi high schoolers, Furdge, wide receiver Malik Heath of Callaway High School and offensive tackle Kwatrivous Johnson of Greenwood High School.

The Mississippi delta has proven to be fertile recruiting territory over the years. Mississippi State has made use of the recent uptick in recruiting in the region. Delta products Marquiss Spencer of Greenwood and J.T. Gray and Elgton Jenkins of Clarksdale have become regular contributors in Starkville.

Furdge believes that the next crop of prospects from his area is capable of some big things.

"I know I have a couple of teammates that would like to go over to Mississippi State too," Furdge shared. "We have some good players around here and I feel like we will have some more if everybody works hard and has a good senior year."

While Furdge could have certainly waited out the process and collected more options, the 6-0, 190 pounder simply felt no need to delay his decision.

"I just feel real comfortable with everything at Mississippi State," Furdge said. "I just decided that I was ready to go ahead and commit."

Furdge had a tremendous junior season for Coach Henry Johnson at Clarksdale picking off an eye popping nine passes, breaking up 15 others, forcing two fumbles and recording 44 personnel stops. 38 of those tackles were of the solo variety.

The standout also aided in the return game returning 10 kickoffs for an average of nearly 34 yards a return as well as handling 16 punts for a 19 yard return average.

Mississippi State is taking the final steps towards a top 25 class in 2017. Early declarations from players as talented as Furdge for Mullen and his staff to begin working towards stacking top 25 classes and working ahead in the rugged Southeastern Conference.

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