Elite LB Attends MSU's Junior Day

One of the nation's top linebackers, Huntingdon (TN) High School's Chris Donald, attended Mississippi State's Junior Day this past Saturday. What were his thoughts about the day and Mississippi State?

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"I enjoyed myself down there. They have a pretty campus and the coaches are great," said the four-star linebacker. "They make you feel at home down there. Their facilities are great. And they are getting new dorms and their indoor practice field is amazing. Their locker room was crazy. I liked it."

He not only came away impressed with the coaches and facilities, but the Bulldog team as well.

"I mostly watched their defense. They have a real good defense coming back," said the 6-3, 220-pounder. "I don't think their offense is clicking right now, but I think if you give them time they will be pretty good, too. Their team is young and in a couple of years they will be hard to handle ... they are pretty hard to handle right now."

What are his thoughts about Mississippi State now that he's seen them first-hand?

"They really changed my mind when I went down there," he said.

It changed his mind enough that they are now among his favorites.

"My favorites are the four that I have offers from - Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Clemson - and then Vanderbilt, Stanford and Memphis," said Chris.

And it appears he's so impressed with Mississippi State that he's now got them on his summer camp agenda.

"I am going to try to go to the Mississippi State camp, Tennessee camp and probably the Ole Miss camp," said Chris.

His attendance at the Mississippi State Junior Day was his first due to circumstances beyond his control.

"This was my first Junior Day. I was supposed to go to Tennessee's and Ole Miss', but my grandfather passed away," he said.

Chris was very close to his grandfather and told me how he plans on honoring him.

"I was close to him. He lived right down the road from me and attended all of my football games," said Chris. "I am going to dedicate the rest of my football career to him."

Look for future Scout.com updates on this highly talented young linebacker.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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