"Mississippi State offered me," said and excited Tahj Brown. "I got a message from Coach Brian Baker. He told me that he had been talking with some of the other coaches about offering me. He told me that he wanted me to call him. I was down at the parade then, so I called him last night."
Brown reports that the call to Baker proved to be both educational and exciting. In addition to learning of his college option, Brown heard what the Mississippi State coaches thought of him after they evaluated his junior game film.
"Coach Baker told me that I remind him of one of their players already," Brown said. "He told me that they like that I am such a hard worker, because that is what it takes to succeed in the SEC. They are recruiting me to play linebacker and he told me that I was a good fit for their defense and their program."
Mississippi State joins a growing field of college football suitors. The 6-4, 240 pound Brown holds offers from Kansas, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Tulsa and UAB among others. While Brown is not close to a decision, the talented linebacker reports that the Bulldogs have his attention.
"It has always been a dream to play in the SEC," Brown said. "Mississippi State is a great program and they have a great coaching staff. I went up there for Junior Day and I got to see the campus. It's a beautiful campus and they have great facilities. I liked all of the coaches too."
With several options to consider, Brown plans to take his time and do his due diligence about the programs that are recruiting him. There will be more spring and summer travels including a trip to the University of Texas on March 25th.
"Right now, I am planning on make a decision before the season," Brown said. "I am going to some camps this summer and then I think I will be ready to make a decision sometime during the summer. I want to go see some of the schools and talk to the coaches and then I will probably make my decision then."
Brown could play defensive end or linebacker on the next level depending on team need and scheme. As a junior, Brown had a hand in 118 tackes, six sacks, three pass break-ups and an interception. The Tigers went 4-7 on the season and look forward to the 2017 campaign and returning to the Louisiana state playoffs.