Gene Swindoll -

Mississippi State legacy Cole Smith has an offer from the Bulldogs at long last.

Pontotoc High School offensive lineman Cole Smith grew up in a football family. The son of former Mississippi State and NFL offensive lineman Brent Smith, Cole, has spent his lifetime learning the nuances of offensive line play. Earlier this year, Smith elected to commit to LSU. On Tuesday, Mississippi State, the team the Smith family cheers for extended an offer.

"Coach (John) Hevesy came to watch me in practice yesterday," Cole Smith said. "Last night, I got a call from Coach (Dan) Mullen. He told me that Coach Hevesy, the offensive line coach, filmed all of my reps yesterday and that they were impressed with me. He told me that they were ready to offer me a scholarship"

The news was certainly welcomed in the Smith household. The Bulldogs are one of several programs that have shown varying levels of interest in the talented Smith. 

"I was happy about the offer and it's exciting," Smith said. "I am still 100% committed to LSU though. I enjoyed talking to Coach Mullen and getting the offer. They didn't really say what position they wanted me to play. He just told me that they were offering."

While Mississippi State may have been a childhood favorite, it appears that the staff in Starkville has some work to do if they plan to flip Smith away from Coach Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers.

"I really like the family type atmosphere they have down at LSU," Smith explained. "I like the atmosphere down and there I liked how high energy their practice was. I am 100% committed to LSU and that's where I am planning to go. I really like the coaching staff and how they make me feel like I am part of the family."

Smith has played just about every position in the trenches on both sides of the football at some point in his life. That level of versatility makes him a very intriguing prospect. His willingness to play up and down the line makes him even more attractive as a recruit.

"I am willing to play whatever I need to play in the Southeastern Conference," Smith said. "It doesn't really matter to me where I play. I just want to be able to help the team and fill a need. I will play whatever the team needs me to play."

Pontotoc High School is working through their spring practice sessions as they prepare for the 2017 football season. Smith reports that the work is going well and that he is looking forward to the spring jamboree at the conclusion of spring football.

"We are going to be playing a spring game with two other teams," Smith said. "We are going to be playing Corinth and Baldwyn. We will all play each other and get a full game in for the spring game that is coming up."

Expectations will be high for the Warriors this fall. Last season, PHS turned in a 13-2 mark on the year. The season ended in a 21-14 loss to eventual 4A state champion Lafayette County in the North State title game. Pontotoc is expected to field another strong team in 2017. Smith will be a big part of things as the team takes the field each and every week. 

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