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“Merry Christmas” Mississippi State staff tells O-lineman prospect

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A week ago, Deion Calhoun didn’t even hold a Mississippi State scholarship offer. Today, he is the Bulldogs’ 18th commitment for 2014.

Merry Christmas, Deion! That’s what the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator and his chief recruiter Geoff Collins told the offensive guard when the offer was extended.

“They’re a hard-working team, they never give up no matter what the situation is,” Calhoun told Saturday Down South after the announcement. “(Head) coach (Dan) Mullen is an awesome coach, I like the way he is behind every player on his team. I will fit in perfectly with their offense … a little bit of run and a little bit of pass.”

It all happened pretty quickly. Calhoun, a big, strong 6-foot-3, 310-pound guard out of Fairfield (Ala.), was extended his offer on Dec. 20. He had attended several Bulldogs games on unofficial visits, and was hoping for an invitation to join the team. It took awhile to come, but finally did. His other top offers were from Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee, Troy and UAB.

Calhoun was the lone Christmas Day announcement in the SEC this year. Earlier this week, he was named to the all-state team in Alabama, and he just finished up playing in the AISA All-Star game, which certainly helped his cause.


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