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A look at some of the players who have made the trip over the state line for college football success.

When thinking about players from Louisiana that play or played for Mississippi State over the years under Dan Mullen, Dak Prescott is the one name that every Mississippi State fan knows. Most players from Louisiana usually go to LSU or Alabama. The players that have come to Mississippi State all have come for one main reason: Coach Mullen.

Keytaon Thompson came to State this past spring semester from Landry-Walker high school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thompson came to play quarterback under Dan Mullen who has produced amazing quarterbacks over the years such as Tim Tebow, Dak Prescott, and Nick Fitzgerald who started to come on strong late last season. Thompson is a big 6’-4”, 225-pound quarterback that is one of the best dual threat quarterbacks coming out of high school this year. Thompson was offered 10 Division 1 scholarships from top tier school such as LSU, Florida, and Tennessee. Thompson has not played in one college game but is expected to do big things under Dan Mullen.

 C.J. Morgan out of Parkway high school in Bossier City, Louisiana is a talented 6-0, 205-pound freshman DB. Morgan is an excellent in special teams as a kick returner. In high school he played on both sides of the ball to show how versatile he truly is. Morgan participated in spring practices and should make a much bigger impact on coach Mullen’s defensive unit over the next several years.

Damian Williams who recently transferred to Texas State at the end this past season is from Metairie, Louisiana. Williams came into play in 3 games over this past season in replacement of a struggling Nick Fitzgerald. Williams threw for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns while also running for around 100 yards on the season. In the games Williams got to play in last season he played well at quarterback under Dan Mullen. Williams learned a lot from playing under Coach Mullen at Mississippi State and should have a good college career at Texas State.

Ryan Brown from Archbishop Shaw high school in New Orleans, Louisiana is a big 6’-4”, 240-pound defensive end that had an amazing career at State. He played in 45 career games and earned 25 starts recording over 100 tackles in his career and 7.5 sacks as well. In Brown’s 2015 season he won SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week vs Troy. During his career at State he showed that he worked hard on and off the field earning two SEC Academic Honor Rolls in 2013 and 2015. Brown was a great piece to Coach Mullen’s defense over recent years. Brown was one of the main leaders on the defense showing the future Bulldogs how to hold yourself on and off the field.

Josh Robinson from Franklinton high school in Louisiana was a small but very powerful running back at 5’-9” 215-pounds. In Robinson’s career he rushed around 2,000 yards for 323 carries with 15 touchdowns and added around 500 yards receiving and one score. Robinson was known for his powerful leg drive and ability to run over most defenders and got the nick name “Bowling Ball.” Robinson is currently tied for most yards per carry with 6.2 in school history. Robinson was awarded in 2014 Second Team All-SEC for his play and for being one of Mississippi States most out-standing running backs in history.

Dak Prescott arguably the best player to ever play at Mississippi State came from Haughton, Louisiana. Mississippi State was the one of a handful of power five schools to offer Prescott coming out of high school and boy did he prove everyone else wrong. In his career at State, he threw for a record setting 9,376 yards; threw for 70 touchdowns and ran for 2,500 plus yards and 41 rushing touchdowns. Dak Prescott went on to be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 4th round of last year’s NFL Draft and won offensive Rookie of the Years as well. He led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record in his first season and looks to be an NFL star in the making.

 When looking at the players that have come from Louisiana to Mississippi State a lot of them were quarterbacks that wanted to learn how to be the next great quarterback that Dan Mullen develops. Mississippi State does not get a lot of players each year from Louisiana but the players they have gotten have been very good. New players like Thompson and Morgan who I mentioned earlier look to be very promising new pieces to Coach Mullen’s offense and defense. Dan Mullen will continue to recruit players from Louisiana and all other places and develop them into the best they possibly can be.

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