Sharpsburg, Ga., native Cole Trolinger made a return trip to Mississippi State earlier this month to participate in one of the Bulldogs' camp sessions. And this time, the East Coweta High School tight end left with another good impression of the MSU program.
"It was good to be back at Mississippi State and I went there, too, for junior day," said the 6-foot-4 and 225-pound Trolinger. "I really like coach Scott Sallach and coach Geoff Collins and I get along with them great. I really like what they are doing at Mississippi State. They are really building that program up and they are doing it with a lot of hard work."
Following his camp showing, it was Trolinger that also left a good impression on the MSU coaches and that impression led to another camp invite for the Big Dawg camp.
"Their coaches said they were surprised and pleased with my performance," said Trolinger. "I wasn't on their board before camp but they said I was up there on their board now and in on their Top 5 list. I think they are recruiting me as an unattached tight end, too. Coach Sallach said he thought at first I was more of a blocking tight end. But they he said he liked how I caught the ball and that I bring more to the table. He said I could be a guy that is split out as a receiving hybrid-type tight end."
After he exited Starkville, Trolinger attended a few more camps and has other plans for July.
"I went to Tennessee, Duke and Florida State after the Mississippi State camp," noted Trolinger. "The Tennessee and Duke camps went well and I am now on their boards, too. So it's been a good summer so far.
"These camps are probably it for awhile until July. I am going back to a Tennessee camp in July and then I am going to the Big Dawg camp. It's been pretty exciting ot do well at these camps and get the new interest."
And with that new interest, Trolinger said a pair of SEC schools are sticking out the most.
"I like Tennessee a lot and I like Mississippi State a lot because of their coaching staff and Coach Sallach," said Trolinger. "I am going to see other schools, too, and I have been to other schools. But those two schools are the main two I am content with right now."