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Mississippi State has made a solid impression on offensive lineman Larry Dixon.

Mississippi State coaches have been on the road evaluating prospects in recent weeks. One talented offensive lineman who has responded to the Bulldogs' recent increased level of attention is Hahnville High School (LA) big man Larry Dixon.

"Mississippi State really started get involved with me back in December and it's just been getting better since then," Larry Dixon said, "I really like Coach (Brian) Baker and Coach (John) Hevesy, the offensive line coach."

Dixon was able to make his first visit to Starkville, Mississippi a few weeks back when Coach Dan Mullen and his staff held the annual Maroon and White game. Dixon came away impressed with the experience.

"I had never been up there before, so I was looking at everything when we were driving up," Dixon said. "It was a nice place and everything was real clean. When we got on campus, I liked it even more. I like how they do things up there at Mississippi State. They have a great campus and a great coaching staff.

"I liked how the fans were really into it and it was just a spring game. That stood out to me."

Mississippi State is one of several schools that have shown interest in the talented big man. A trio of programs have already extended scholarship offers including the Bulldogs.

"Mississippi State, Texas Tech and Southern have offered me," Dixon shared. "Arkansas, ULL (Louisiana-Lafayette), ULM (Louisiana-Monroe) and a few other schools are recruiting me too, but they haven't offered yet. I am planning on going to camps at Mississippi State, ULL and a few more. I am working on getting all of that planned out. I want to go to a lot of camps."

As the spring semester heads towards summer break, Dixon has tabbed Mississippi State as the team to beat, but he is not quite ready to make a verbal commitment to the Bulldogs or any program just yet.

"Mississippi State is my top school right now. I really like the family atmosphere that they have," Dixon said. "I like the coaches and they really act like they want me up there. I was talking with Coach Hevesy and he told me that I had a spot there whenever I was ready to accept it. I am not sure how many offensive lineman they are going to take, but he told me that they really wanted me up there.

"I am not sure when I am going to decide. I might do something before the beginning of the season, but I am thinking about waiting until after the season before I make my decision. I am just not sure yet."

The Bulldogs hold the verbal pledge of Greenwood, Mississippi big man Kwatrivous Johnson and are expected to take two to three more offensive lineman in the signing class of 2018.

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