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Showcasing talent: Seven of MSU's 11 commits perform at Big Dawg Camp

July 20, 2012

Receiver B.J. Hammond runs a route at the Big Dawg Camp at MSU. (Photo by Michael Wardlaw, SDN)

Mississippi State hosted over 100 of the top athletes across the Southeast on Friday night for the annual Big Dawg Camp. 

Seven of MSU’s 11 commitments were on hand to showcase their talents and while most performed at a high level, B.J. Hammond definitely stood out. The 6-4 receiver from Gadsden, Ala., ran solid routes and seemed to get to find the football with ease. 

“There was a lot of competition out here (Friday night), like I knew there would be,” said Hammond. “I just wanted to come out here and help my team recruit guys to Mississippi State. I had to come out here and ball out so that’s what I did.” 

Along the line of scrimmage, coaches watched fellow offensive line commitments Kent Flower and Deon Mix take on defensive commit Chris Jones from Houston. The battle was fierce with Jones showing he was up to the task. 

Starkville quarterback and MSU commitment Gabe Myles was also on hand. While next season he’ll spend time in the defensive backfield, Myles was tossing passes to the prospects on hand and feeling comfortable about his decision to be a Bulldog. 

“I knew this is where I wanted to be,” said Myles. “I just had to make the decision that I wanted to play at Mississippi State and go with my gut feeling.”

Kailo Moore, a committed running back from Rosedale, displayed track speed from the backfield. The backfield is where Moore wishes to be, however Friday night he looked much more like a receiver than a running back. 

As for the prospects on hand, it was without question Shelby Christy who stole the show. The Dutchtown High School receiver ran routes effortlessly catching virtually everything thrown within his reach. Given MSU’s need for receivers, it is easy to see what the Bulldogs see in the 6-3 wide out. 

“Mississippi State is definitely one of my top schools,” said Christy. “I just like the coaches up here, and I think I’ll make my decision within the next week and a half to end the process.” 

Jake Thomas, offensive lineman from Columbus High School, looked a bit rusty after being sidelined for the past several months with an injury. The projected tackle really didn’t need to prove himself because his talent is readily apparent.

The Big Dawg Camp concluded the summer camps for MSU football, now State will turn its focus to the opening to fall camp on August 2.

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