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Purvis standout wide receiver enjoys his time in Starkville.

While Bulldog fans are still rejoicing over a top 25 signing class joining the Bulldog roster later this year, the next crop of State players is being cultivated. Coach Dan Mullen and his staff welcomed a large group of junior day visitors to the Starkville campus on Saturday. Among the top prospects in attendance was Purvis, Mississippi wide out C.J. Bolar.

"I had a good time at Junior Day," C.J. Bolar said. "We got a chance to see the campus and meet the coaches. We were able to see all of the facilities and the weight room and all of that. Me and my family really enjoyed having the chance to get up there and see everything."

Bolar was also able to spend some time with his area recruiting coach over the course of the day's events. The 6-2, 185 wide receiver expects to become fast friends with one of the newest Mississippi State assistant coaches.

"Coach (D.J.) Looney is my recruiter," Bolar said. "He just got hired up there. He was telling me all about that and he told me that he was glad to meet me. He said they want me to come back up there as much as I can."

Bolar currently holds offers from Arkansas State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss. While the Bulldogs stopped short of offering, it appears that Mississippi State has some real interest in the talented pass catcher from south Mississippi.

"They talked pretty heavy about offering me, but they haven't offered me yet," Bolar said. "I am not sure what to expect right now. I never expected to have all of these offers this early, so I am just trying to see what all is going to happen.

"I had a good time at Mississippi State and I hope that they offer me. They didn't really tell me what their plans were for me."

While the process is very early of the talented junior, he is learning to enjoy the recruiting process and having the chance to build relationships with the people who will be a big part of his college courtship. 

"Right now, everybody is even, but if I had to pick a leader, I would say Memphis is standing out a little bit," Bolar said. "I am just going to take my time and see how everything goes. I have a whole year to figure it all out. I am not sure what I am going to do yet."

Bolar caught 40 passes during his junior season for a total of 732 yards and 12 touchdowns. The rising prospect also rushed for a pair of scores and intercepted six passes on the year. While he has the potential to play either side of the football, Bolar projects as a wide out on the college level.

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