While the Bulldogs struggled in the opening game of the season Thursday night, they got some good news shortly thereafter when they picked up their 24th – and fifth Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen - commitment of the year. Terry's Antwon Dixon gave his pledge to the Bulldogs after the game and he talks about why he made that choice.
"It was Thursday night after the Mississippi State – South Carolina game," he said. "The way the fans were when I came to the game. There were so many fans there and people that came up to me and were glad I was at the game, and the way their defense played.
"That's (defense) where I want to play in college. The way they played and the atmosphere, it was just a good place for me to play, so I committed that day.
"It was a good place for me to be. The fans were good; the fans were nice; the coaches were nice; so I was happy with it."
While currently starring as a wide receive – 11 catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns in two games - Dixon also plays strong safety and played free safety last year. He is unsure which position he will play at State, other than that it will be one of the safety slots.
"I was looking at where I had a better chance of getting a position to play," he said. "Mississippi State, LSU, Ole Miss and Alabama were some of the schools I was looking at and I felt I had a better chance of playing there in college."
Dixon had commented on several occasions that he would like to wait until late in the process to select a school, but that all changed last week.
"I just wanted to get it out of the way and work on my grades," he said. "Get the committing part over. I just wanted to work on my grades and didn't want to worry about anything else but just my grades. I got to make an 18 on my ACT. I think I take it in October."
So how much did Dixon's brother – current Bulldog freshman Anthony Dixon – impact his decision?
"He didn't have none really," he explained. "I was just looking for a place that had the best chance for me to play." Dixon is being recruited by MSU coach Woody McCorvey.