June 11, 2012 12:51:02 PM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University made its 2013 recruiting class bigger literally and figuratively with the signing of two in-state offensive lineman commitments
According to reports, 6-foot-4 315 pound Deon Mix committed to the MSU program Sunday. Mix, who will be a senior at nationally recognized South Panola High School held 23 offers from some of the top football programs in college football including included the University of Mississippi, University of Alabama, Auburn University, University of Arkansas, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Southern Miss, University of Nebraska, University of Notre Dame, University of Oregon and University of Texas. The four-star lineman according to Rivals.com made his decision official when he met with head coach Dan Mullen shortly before his time at the MSU camp.
Mix's verbal pledge makes five for the 2013 recruiting class.
"I just told (MSU coach Dan Mullen) I was ready to be a Bulldog," Mix told BulldawgJunction.com. "This is where my heart has been since I've been recruited by Mississippi State. I love it down here, it is a big family."
As recently as a couple of weeks ago Mix claimed he wasn't sure where he was going and admitted this weekend his comments then were less than truthful because of the recruiting process.
"I was just hiding it, I've been knowing where I'm going," Mix said. "I was just keeping it a secret and it is out there now, I'm a Bulldog."
The hope for the Bulldogs program is getting Mix will allow Mullen and the rest of the MSU staff to have more success in a territory they've gotten beat by Ole Miss consistently since Mullen has arrived on the Starkville campus.
Last season, Kendrick Market signed with the Bulldogs setting the table for Mix to follow his former teammate.
MSU started to beef up the offensive line Saturday during the camp with the verbal commitment of Hollandale-Simmons lineman Kent Flowers.
Flowers native attended Mississippi State's individual camp where he decided to turn his scholarship offer into a commitment this past weekend
"I know Ole Miss offered but I don't want to go to Ole Miss. I want to go to Mississippi State," Flowers said. "I feel like I'm at home here so this is the school I'm choosing to come to."
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle has known MSU is where he wanted to spend his college career for some time now and Saturday was a good time to take the plunge.
"They said they were happy and I'm happy too," Flowers said. "I feel like this is a good place for me to get an education and play football and that's what I wanted."
Last season Flowers helped Hollandale-Simmons to an 8-5 record and a trip to the Class 2A playoffs.
"I feel like the (MSU) coaches are good coaches," Flowers said. "(MSU offensive line coach John) Hevesy is a good coach and I feel like he's going to teach me everything that I need to learn to be a great football player."
All of the Dispatch MSU Sports Blog readers: feel free to follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/matthewcstevens for up-to-date Mississippi State coverage.
2. Community Calendar for the week of January 15, 2017 ENTERTAINMENT