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MGCCC special teams standout headed to SEC program

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College long snapper Paul Blackwell is headed to Mississippi State.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College long snapper Paul Blackwell is headed to Mississippi State. MGCCC

Long snapper Paul Blackwell will continue his college football career in the state of Mississippi.

The former Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College standout verbally committed to Mississippi State on Thursday. He plans to sign with the Bulldogs before the mid-year signing period ends Jan. 15.

Southern Miss and Georgia both offered scholarships to Blackwell before he chose MSU (9-4), coached by Joe Moorhead.

“I felt MSU’s new coaching staff was a good fit,” Blackwell said. “Everytime I went to games, their fans are super passionate about the team. I also have family and friends at MSU.

Blackwell, who plans to major in petroleum engineering, is optimistic he’ll play immediately snapping on punts, field goals and extra point attempts.

“I hope to go up there and make an impact right away,” Blackwell said.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Blackwell appreciated playing at both Resurrection and MGCCC.

“I learned how to be humble at Resurrection,” Blackwell said. “Gulf Coast helped me get adjusted to college life. Gulf Coast was a good stepping stone for me before I head to MSU.”

Blackwell will be the second Jackson County product in MSU’s signing class. East Central tight end Brad Cumbest signed with the Bulldogs last month during the early signing period.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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