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March 28, 2011

McCaleb headed to MSU

After a year of shifting through his collegiate options, it appears that Rishunn McCaleb has finally found his future home. And the Coahoma County Community College sophomore couldn't be happier with the end result.

The 6-foot-2 and 200-pound receiver played the past two seasons at Coahoma County Community College and had over 52 catches and 800 yards combined in those two years.

"I really got better in those two years," said McCaleb, a former Indianola Gentry standout. "So I had a lot of Division 2 schools offering me and Louisiana Tech was also wanting me. But Louisiana Tech wanted me in December but I couldn't get out of juco cause I needed seven more hours.

"So then Mississippi State became a good option. I made a highlight tape and showed it to their coaches. So Coach (Angelo) Mirando told me to walk on and come up there in June."

And once June arrives, McCaleb intends to take full advantage of his opportunity to play in the SEC.

"I just wanted an opportunity and wanted to get my foot in the door," said Harris. "I know I can play and I know I can make their team. Once I do that I have to get into the playbook and get caught up. The coaches told me to just worry about my routes once I get there in June. That is why I am getting there early this summer. I want to be ready for the fall and be on top of my game and the playbook."

McCaleb was in Starkville over the weekend and took the chance to check out his future teammates in the Bulldogs' spring practice session.

"They have some good receivers out there and it will be some great competition," said McCaleb. "Guys like Chad Bumphis, Chris Smith and Malcolm Johnson are pretty good receivers. So I know those guys will push me and only make me better."

Another plus for McCaleb, he said, would be re-uniting with one of his former high school teammates in 2011 MSU tight end signee Rufus Warren.

"It will be good to play with Rufus again and we are good friends," said McCaleb. "He was a young guy on our team at Gentry when I was a senior and he was actually playing on the offensive line then. So that's another neat thing going to Mississippi State."


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