Powers Warren

IMG Academy tight end Powers Warren will join the Mississippi State football program this fall.

While most members of the 2017 signing class are finishing up their final exams, IMG Academy tight end Powers Warren just made his college decision. After a whirlwind courtship, Warren has elected to sign with Mississippi State and enroll in Starkville as a member of the incoming 2017 signing class.

"I have been talking with Coach (D.J.) Looney over the past few weeks," Warren said. "He has been showing me a lot of attention. He told me that he felt that I was something special and that he came to see me back during the spring.

"I have talked with him several times and I have talked some with Coach (Dan) Mullen the head coach. They have just shown me a lot of love and told me that I would be a great fit for their program. I am going to take my visit up there on June the 10th. I can't wait."

Warren was projected as a potential 2018 signee. With some solid work in the classroom and a tremendous opportunity recently made available, Warren will make the move to the SEC this July.

"Some of the schools wanted me to do a post-graduate semester this fall and then make my decision," Warren said. "I went to Minnetoka High School (MN) and then I made the move to IMG after the first semester. Texas, Ole Miss, UAB and several other schools were talking with me.

Coach Looney told me that they had a full scholarship for me now, so that was really a no brainer. I am just so excited about playing in the SEC. They were really the first school to really talk to me about coming in this year and they have just showed me a lot of love."

After taking a few days to discuss his opportunity in Starkville, Warren elected to follow through with his verbal commitment earlier today.

"I talked with Coach Mullen about everything earlier today," Warren said. "He was real excited about me committing and I was too. It's just a great opportunity for me and I am really happy with how things turned out. 

"I always felt like Mississippi State wanted me for me and not just because of the school I went to (IMG). Coach Looney made me feel important to him and like I was important to Mississippi State. I am happy to be a part of the Bulldog family."

The 6-4, 240 pounder will enroll in time for the second session of summer school and take part in summer workouts with the Bulldogs as they prepare for the 2017 football season. Coach Dan Mullen has said more than once that he plans to utilize the tight end position a lot more going forward. Newly hired tight ends coach, Looney, will return a very talented crop of tight ends this fall.

Senior Jordan Thomas, junior Justin Johnson and sophomore Farrod Green are expected to highlight that personnel grouping. Freshmen Dontea Jones and Christian Roberson both redshirted last fall. Warren will join the depth chart as a true freshman and look to earn some playing time as quickly as possible.

With Warren's expected signing, Mississippi State will close out the 2017 recruiting cycle with a 25 man recruiting class. Thirteen of those signees enrolled in January and took part in spring practice. Many of the remaining dozen are hoping to gain NCAA clearance to enroll at Mississippi State for the first semester of summer school. One signee not expected to join the Bulldog program this year is defensive lineman Duke Collins who will join the Itawamba Community College program this fall. 

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