"Everyone makes me feel like family"

The Bulldogs dipped into Alabama and picked up verbal commitments from a quartet of players. The first Alabama native to choose the Bulldogs was quarterback Chris Relf. Relf visited the Mississippi State campus this weekend.

"I was hosted by Anthony Johnson," said Relf. "He is really cool."

Chris confessed he was a bit wide-eyed heading into his visit, but the current Bulldog players welcomed him as one of their own.

"What really impressed me was the players," said Relf. "They go everywhere together and do everything is a family. It is a good thing."

During the campus tour, the facilities really stood out to Chris.

"The facilities were great," said Chris. "The weight room was great. They have a new strength coach, Coach Pollard. He is a great guy."

Another highlight was the gameday locker room.

"The locker room was great too," said Relf. "They let us try on our jerseys and take pictures. That felt great."

Chris got to learn a little bit of Mississippi State history.

"They told me this story about the mascot that got hit by a bus and was buried at the 50-yard line," said Relf. "I didn't know anything about that. They said they had more than 10,000 people come to his funeral."

For Relf and the rest of his committed peers, it is time to make the final preparations for college.

"Coach Croom talked with all of us," said Chris. "He told us that now was the time to really get serious about things. He said we need to be in the weight room and working hard to keep our grades up."

Chris and his family got the chance to meet several of the football players and commitments.

"My mom and dad went with me," said Relf. "They were impressed with everything. Lee Chambers spent a lot of time with us. He is a great guy. Anthony Johnson, Derek Pegues, Lee all hung out with me. We all bonded. Every time I go there everyone makes me feel like family," said Chris.

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