March 22, 2012

Bulldogs land familiar commitment

A familiar name popped up as Mississippi State's first commitment for the 2013 class.

Copiah-Lincoln (Miss) Community College wide receiver De'Vante Scott pledged his services once again to the Bulldogs. Scott committed to MSU as a three-star athlete out of high school in 2011 but signed with Co-Lin where he played as a freshman last season.

"I had to come down here and get my grades right," Scott said. "One of (Mississippi State)'s coaches came down here and watched me workout about a month ago. The called me like two weeks later and talked to me about getting my grades right so I can graduate in December. They've been keeping in touch with my head coach. Today I talked to Coach (Dan) Mullen and he asked me to commit so I recommitted to him."

In his first season in Wesson, Scott averaged 20.3 yards per catch as a wide receiver hauling in 19 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried five times for 15 yards and made two tackles. On special teams, Scott had 182 kickoff return yards and 114 punt return yards.

Scott had offers from Grambling, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana coming out of Ferriday (La.) High school but said he Bulldogs were the only school he has heard from in several months.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder finished up his second day of spring practice on Thursday and will play his sophomore season at Co-Lin before enrolling at MSU next January. Scott stated the early commitment will help him focus on the field and in the classroom now.

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