Gene Swindoll -

Starkville high school standout Cameron Gardner is another local recruit on the Mississippi State radar.

Mississippi State has signed players from nearby Starkville High School in back to back years. It appears the the Bulldogs are setting their sights on another Yellowjacket, 2018 tight end prospect Cameron Gardner. Gardner has spent a lot of time on the Mississippi State campus over the years, especially this one.

"I went to junior day at Mississippi State and I was just over at one of their spring practices," Cameron Gardner. "I like it over there. It's a good school and they have a good program. I like the coaches and I know some of the players."

The Bulldog coaches have spoken with Gardner about a possible position change on the next level. At 6-4, 215 and growing, Gardner is expected to out grow his high school position as an X wide receiver. 

"I would really like to stay at receiver, but I want to do what is best for whatever team I play for," Gardner said. "I feel like I would be good as a flex tight end if that ends up being the position I need to play. I just want to get on the field and have a chance to help my team win."

Mississippi State is one of several programs showing varying levels of interest in the talented Gardner. Memphis, Louisiana-Layette and many other programs have reached out to begin taking steps towards a recruiting relationship.

While it will certainly depend on which schools offer, Gardner has a good idea about what he is looking for in a college program both on and off of the field.

"I want to go somewhere that makes me feel like its my second home," Gardner said. "I want be a part of a team that feels like a family and where I have a good relationship with the coaches. I am thinking about majoring in engineering, so the the academic side of it is really important to me too."

As a junior, Gardner hauled in 21 passes for 213 yards and three scores in a run heavy offense. 

Mississippi State will graduate senior Jordan Thomas this season. Thomas' replacement will likely come from the high school ranks as the Bulldogs return four other scholarship tight ends to the active roster this fall.

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