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Can the Bulldogs sign a Starkville High star three years in a row?

Mississippi State signed Kobe Jones and Willie Gay out of Starkville High School in the past two signing classes. Coach Dan Mullen and his staff may be on the verge of making it three consecutive classes with an SHS Yellowjacket in the signing day inkings. Earlier this week, the Bulldogs extended an offer to hometown product Cameron Gardner.

Cameron Gardner has spent a lot of time on the Mississippi State campus over the course of the last few weeks dating back to junior day. The talented wideout was hoping for a scholarship offer from the Bulldogs and earlier this week that option materialized. 

"They had been talking with Coach (Chris) Jones, our new head football coach," Gardner said. "Coach Jones told me that Mississippi State was going to offer me and they did."

Shortly after hearing the good news from his newly hired head coach, Gardner had the chance to speak with some of the Bulldog coaches about a possible future in Maroon and White.

"I have talked with Coach (Greg) Knox and Coach (Billy) Gonzales," Gardner said. "Coach Gonzales wanted to know if I was happy and excited about the offer and I told him that I was. This is like a dream come true for me.

"They told me that they really want me to be a Bulldog and that they think I would be a good fit for their offense."

Gardner sees the chance to play football on the college level as a reward for himself and a gift to his parents. The walking mismatch reports that the news of an SEC offer resonated in the house of Gardner.

"When I told my parents that I had a scholarship offer from Mississippi State their mouths just dropped open just like mine," Gardner said. "They don't have to worry about paying for college. They don't have to worry about me getting student loans or anything like that. That is going to help them out a lot money wise. I am proud of that.

"Just about everybody in my family are Mississippi State fans, so everybody is excited about me getting the offer."

Bulldog fans may not have to wait long to learn of Gardner's college plans. The versatile pass catcher reports that he is considering an early decision.

"I was talking with Coach Gonzales about everything and we talked about making a commitment," Gardner explained. "They want me to take a couple of weeks and think about everything before I make a decision. I am thinking about making a decision after spring football is over. I just want to talk about everything with my parents to be sure about everything."

As a junior, Gardner caught 21 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Starkville ended the season at 7-4 and outside of the 6A playoffs. Gardner and his fellow seniors are determined to get back in the post season this fall.

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