Armani Linton profile
There was talk of an early offer to Linton during the 2013 season, but Dan Mullen removed all doubt this morning when he let the talented safety prospect know that he did indeed have an offer from the Bulldogs.
Before Linton had time to even get home and consider the gravity of the moment, he went ahead and committed to Mississippi State.
Linton reported on social media that he was "A Bulldawg now", a report he confirmed to scout.com via text.
"I had the chance to see everything and I went in and talked with Coach Mullen for a little while," said Linton. "He let me know that I had an offer from them and he told me to take some time to think about if I wanted to be a Bulldog.
"It didn't take me long. I just couldn't turn that down.
"I went outside and I talked with a couple of people and then I went back in and I committed."
The "couple of people" that Linton spoke to are a pair of players who have been an important part of his high school career.
"I talked with Jay Johnson and Shelby Christy and they were all excited about me getting the offer and about us having the chance to play together," said Linton. "When I played at Dutchtown, me and Shelby had a good relationship and this gives us a chance to play together again.
"I played against Jay my freshman year and we are always competing against each other in track.
"We talked about it and thought it would be good for us to play together and be on the same team after all of these years of competing against each other."
Linton has spent some time on the Mississippi State campus before, so he knew what the Bulldogs had to offer facility wise.
Once given the chance to join the program, Linton jumped.
"Mississippi State had already been on my mind before they offered," said Linton. "I just knew I liked it over here and I felt that it was a good place for me and a good opportunity.
"I am excited about being a Bulldog and I am on my way home to tell everybody all about it."
The northeast Mississippi three star is the seventh verbal commitment to Mississippi State for the 2015 signing class.
Linton joins fellow Mississippians, Jay Johnson, Cameron Myers and Tim Washington in that number of early Bulldog pledges.