"We got the chance to meet with Coach (Dan) Mullen pretty much as soon as I got there," Evan McPherson shared. "When I got there, I met with Coach (Chris) Boniol and he told me get signed in and to get ready to go visit with Coach Mullen. It wasn't long after I got there, that I was upstairs visiting with him."
During the conversation between McPherson and Mississippi State's head coach, the topic of a scholarship offer was raised.
"We were just sitting there talking and Coach Mullen just came out with it. He told me that I had a full scholarship from Mississippi State," McPherson said. "That was a big moment for me. I was really excited about it. It's a great school and a great offer."
McPherson is no stranger to Mississippi State. The 6-0, 165 pounder has taken the opportunity to get to know the Bulldogs over the course of the last year.
"I went to three games over there this season and I went to the kicking camp there this summer," McPherson said. "During Junior Day, I got to see a lot more and get to see more of the facilities and just more of the campus. It's a really good school."
The Bulldogs are the last in line of early offers for the talented kicker. Army, Iowa State, Miami and Rutgers have also extended scholarship opportunities. Known as a kicker/punter combo specialist, McPherson excels as a field goal kicker and is a prospect in demand in the early going.
"I wasn't sure it was going to happen this fast for me, but I hoped that it would build into something like this," McPherson said of his early scholarship haul. "I thought that I may start getting some options after the summer camp this year, but I am excited about everything that is happening."
McPherson is not sure when he will pull the trigger on his college decision, but the Alabama product has a good idea about what he wants in a college football experience.
"I am not sure when I am going to make a decision," McPherson said. "I am going to be taking an unofficial visit to Miami pretty soon. I want to visit a lot of colleges and see what everyone has to offer. I know that wherever I go I want to go somewhere that has a great kicking coach.
"I don't want to just go somewhere that they have another coach just over special teams. I want to play for a coach who can make me a better kicker and help me develop into the best player that I can be."
McPherson is currently ranked as the #1 kicker nationally for the 2018 signing class by Chris Sailer kicking. The Ft. Payne High school standout is under consideration by All-American All--Star committees and is expected to named to the Alabama All-Star team this summer.