"I went over to visit Mississippi State with teammate (offensive guard) Tank Jenkins," wide receiver Cameron Taylor said. "We are on spring break this week and they have been wanting us to come. Coach (D.J.) Looney said that he really wanted us to get over there and see them practice. This was my first time to ever visit Mississippi State."
Taylor was able to see the Bulldogs in action and observe what is expected of each player during the Mississippi State practice sessions. With an in person evaluation of the program, Taylor appears to have come away impressed.
"I really like how they practice and how they really pick each other up," Taylor said. "You can tell that it's really a family over there. A lot of the former players that are in the NFL were there. They all came back for pro day to support their teammates. I think that shows that Mississippi State is really a special place."
A dozen college football programs have elected to extend scholarship offers to Taylor just seven weeks removed from National Signing Day 2017. While Taylor is taking a humble approach to the recruiting process, he believes the bushel of early options is the result of his hard work.
"I wanted to be the big man making the big decision, so I worked hard for this," Taylor said. "I wanted to have some offers and have the chance to play major college football. I have been preparing for this, so I can't say that I am surprised. I am grateful for it though."
Arkansas State, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Michigan, Iowa State, Jackson State, Samford, Southern Miss, Toledo and others have offered Taylor a chance to join their programs once his high school career is done.
Mississippi State has shown some strong interest, but has not pulled the trigger on an offer. Taylor is hopeful that the Bulldogs make a move sooner rather than later.
"Coach Looney told me that they are going to watch film of me this Friday as a staff," Taylor said. "I am not sure if they are looking at me as a wide receiver or a cornerback, but I am good with either one.
"It would be huge if Mississippi State offered me. I have always wanted the chance to play in the SEC. That would be a dream come true. I don't have any favorites right now, but if Mississippi State offered me, then they would be up there for sure."