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Mississippi State commitment spends some valuable time on campus

Mississippi State hosted over 100 college football hopefuls this past Saturday as the program's 2018 signing class efforts kicked off in earnest with the first junior day of the calendar year. One of the top prospects on campus was Bulldog verbal commitment Esaias Furdge. The talented corner appears to have had a positive experience.

"Junior day was great to me," Esaias Furdge said. "I got to see the dorms and all of the facilities. I probably liked the weight room the best. I liked everything. It was all new to me, so I liked seeing everything. This was my first time to get to go over there and walk around and see everything. It was even better than I expected it to be."

Furdge reports that one of the highlights of the trip was having the chance to talk shop with Mississippi State cornerbacks' coach Terrell Buckley. Now in his second year in Starkville, Buckley understands the Bulldog selling points well.

"Coach Buckley talked with us about a lot of things," Furdge said. "He wants us to be great football players, but most of all he wants us to be able to be successful in life. He told us about what it was like when he was in college and how he handled his business. He said he's teaching his players how to handle theirs."

The Clarksdale High School product committed to Mississippi State earlier this year. Mississippi State has had some solid success in recent years with prospects from the Wildcat program. Former Bulldog safety Charles Mitchell and current Bulldogs linebacker J.T. Gray and offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins are all graduates of CHS.

Furdge plans to follow in their footsteps and spend his college career in Maroon and White. He chose the Bulldogs over an offer from Southern Miss.

"I haven't heard if any new schools are showing interest in me or not," the 5-11, 165 pounder said. "I am still liking Mississippi State. I like the program and all of the coaches down there. They want me to come back over there to see them practice."

As a junior, Furdge had a hand in 44 tackles and was among the state leaders with 15 passes defended and nine interceptions on the year. Furdge is very much in consideration for selection to the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star roster later this year.

Coach Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State staff currently hold five verbal pledges for the 2018 signing class. Each of those standouts are products of Mississippi High School programs.

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