The DAWG Days of Summer
Templeton Hardy
Posted Jul 14, 2007

The 2007 Mississippi State signing class was the most highly heralded for the Bulldogs in the Sylvester Croom era. The 2008 class received a very nice shot in the arm on Saturday July 14th when four star defensive tackle Templeton Hardy led a trio of instate standouts who decided to wear the Maroon and White.

Bulldog fans woke up Saturday morning to the news that Devin Jones, the state's powerlifting champion, had made the call to be a Bulldog.

"I chose Mississippi State because there was just something about the coaching staff that I really liked," explained the three star defensive end. "It just feels like a family at Mississippi State and I think Coach Croom is just a great head coach."

Jones committed to the Bulldogs over an offer from Ole Miss. Jones reports the Rebels had been in hot pursuit.

"Ole Miss has been on me pretty hard which made my decision tougher," said Devin. "I hear from Ole Miss almost every day, but I just felt Mississippi State was a better pick for me. I think they have a better chance to go on to play in the SEC Championship game."

Devin is currently rehabbing from an off season knee surgery, but reports that he expects to be released to play when DeSoto Central begins district play.

The Bulldogs added some depth at the cornerback position today when Arceto Clark, the state's returning leader in pass receiving yards, made his call.

"I picked Mississippi State because of the coaching staff there," said Clark. "Coach Grimes was always real calm about things. He gave me time to make my decision and he never really pressured me or anything. I think coach Melvin Smith is a real nice guy too. I know he is going to help me be a better player."

Arceto picked the Bulldogs over offers from Clemson and Ole Miss.

"Ole Miss was still sending me a lot of stuff and texting me a whole lot," said Clark.

It turns out that Bulldog fans are already familiar with one of Arceto's relatives.

"Coach Croom was really happy," said Arceto. "He told me he was going to call my cousin Lewis Clark, he is in the NFL. He and Coach Croom know each other. He used to play at Mississippi State and now he works for the Jacksonville Jaguars."

As if commitments from Jones and Clark were not enough, Bulldog fans got an unexpected surprise when one of Mississippi's most sought after players, Templeton Hardy, made the decision to commit to the home state Bulldogs of Mississippi State over 15 other scholarship offers.

"I committed to Mississippi State today," said the nation's 16th rated defensive tackle. "I like the atmosphere over there and the coaches really made me feel at home."

Templeton chose the Bulldogs over offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Rice, San Diego State, Southern Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tulane, UCLA and USC. Hardy reports that he is grateful for every opportunity, but in the end staying closer to home was a deciding factor.

"My family is happy with my decision," said Templeton. "A big part of my decision was being close enough that my family could see me play."

Templeton's new adopted extended family led by the Mississippi State coaching staff was pretty excited with the news of Hardy's commitment.

"All of the coaches were really excited. Coach Croom was really happy," said Hardy. "He told me that me coming there helps the chances of Mississippi State going to play in the SEC championship game."

The Bulldogs now have nine public verbal commitments for the 2008 signing class. Could a Maroon Tidal Wave be building for the Bullies? Stay tuned to see what tomorrow brings.

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