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Ocean Springs WR Austin Williams commits to Mississippi State

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 Ocean Springs wide receiver Austin Williams has committed to Mississippi State.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Ocean Springs wide receiver Austin Williams has committed to Mississippi State. SUN HERALD

Ocean Springs receiver has been one of the more coveted recruits in Mississippi, raking in 14 offers.

Saturday he opted to take the plunge and commit to Mississippi State.

"My home for the next four years is at Mississippi State," the rising senior tweeted.

Williams is the second 2017 Coast product to commit to MSU recently, joining Pascagoula lineman James Jackson. St. Stanislaus tight end Chase Rogers has committed to Tennessee and St. Martin receiver Kalem Reddix has pledged to Southern Miss. Gautier offensive lineman Paul Gainer committed to the Bulldogs later in the day.

Through the recruiting process Williams has seen his stock rise considerably. At The Opening's recent New Orleans stop, Williams, a consensus three-star recruit, ranked 12th out of prospects from all over the region.

Williams was in Starkville for the Bulldogs' spring game Saturday and told head coach Dan Mullen after the scrimmage in his office.

"I've been thinking about it with my family for a while," he said. "This is where I felt like it was the right place for me. It felt like home.

"I've known for a while It's just the place that felt right to me. I figure if it feels right, I don't think I need to wait."

As a junior last season, Williams caught 56 passes for 928 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Bulldogs are coming off of a year where they ranked third in the SEC in average total offense (460.46) and second in passing yards per game (334.69).

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Williams could fit right in as a go-to receiver in Starkville. As a junior last season he caught 56 passes for 928 yards and seven touchdowns. The year before, he hauled in 38 passes for 618 yards and six scores.

"They told me they needed a big, tall physical receiver," he said. "They definitely throw the ball around a good bit."

Williams also holds offers from Louisiana Tech, Nicholls State, Troy, Louisiana-Lafayette, Harvard, South Alabama, Tulane, Texas-San Antonio, Toledo, Georgia Southern, Wake Forest, Yale and Air Force.

He said he's "110 percent" committed to the Bulldogs but still plans on taking his official visits when the time comes.

Williams will have to wait until February to sign his national letter of intent and make his commitment official.

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