July 24, 2014 8:32:38 PM
For the eighth time in less than a week, Mississippi State has added another member to its prospective 2015 signing class.
On Thursday, Collins High senior Mark McLaurin, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound safety, used his Twitter account to announce that he intends to sign with MSU. In the process, McLaurin became MSU's 26th commitment in the class of 2015.
McLaurin made the announcement by posting "Officially committed to Mississippi State" Thursday morning.
The defensive back chose Mississippi State over offers from Ole Miss and Southern Miss among others. The commitment of McLaurin continues a whirlwind seven days for the Bulldogs, who received eight commitments - seven for 2015 - last Friday. That day's haul included Bassfield safety Jamal Peters, one of the state's top players, along with 4-star RB Nick Gibson of Pinson Valley, Ala.
With McLaurin's pledge, MSU now has the largest 2015 class in the country, and the Bulldogs currently rank No. 9 in the nation according to recruiting service 247sports.com.
At Collins, McLaurin led the Tigers to a 9-4 record as a junior. Playing quarterback, the defensive back prospect passed for 1,971 yards and 24 touchdowns.
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n Fan Day set for Aug. 24: With the 2014 Mississippi State football season inching closer, Bulldog supporters can meet this year's team at the annual Fan Day celebration on Sunday, Aug. 24. This year's event will be held inside the newly renovated and expanded Davis Wade Stadium.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the event running from 5-7 p.m. This year's activities, which allow for fans to see the expanded stadium and conveniently fit into the football team's practice schedule, will once again be open to the public, family friendly and free for all in attendance. Fans are asked to enter through the West and North Main gates.
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of Scott Field and, as part of the fanfare activities, individuals can take a tour of the new Gridiron Club in the north end zone. The new end zone area will be open from the concourse down, allowing fans to walk through the Mississippi plaza and past the cowbell wall.
Aside from getting a first look at the new additions to the stadium, Bulldog football fans are invited to receive autographs from head coach Dan Mullen and the 2014 team. To help ensure everyone in attendance has a chance to meet all the players and Coach Mullen, student-athletes may only sign posters while Coach Mullen will autograph one item per person.
Posters and schedule cards with game information will be available for free to fans. Other attractions include music, a Kids' Zone with inflatable games, appearances by Champ and Bully and the Mississippi State cheerleaders and dance team. The spirit squads will be performing stunts and painting faces.
The Golden Egg Trophy will also be on hand at the event, available for fan photographs. A Barnes & Noble souvenir booth, which will have the latest in Bulldog 2014 sideline gear and apparel, will be open.
The Bulldogs open the 2014 season at home Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. against Southern Miss in the first Saturday night game on the new national SEC Network.
In addition to this year's festivities, fans who have not purchased their 2014 season tickets can purchase them at Fan Day. Ticket office and Bulldog Club representatives will be on hand to assist fans and take orders.
Season tickets for Mississippi State's 2014 home football schedule are on sale now. Season ticket packages start at $310, with a three-game plan or a young alumni full-season option for reduced cost. With the three-contest option, fans can pick three of five possible games for only $99. The young alumni choice consists of a full-season plan priced at $175 for Section 332 or $310 for Section 18.
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