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Mississippi State commitment Shawn Preston: ‘I like to come down and hit’

Shawn Preston

Mississippi State recently added a commitment from three-star safety Shawn Preston, who likes the school’s family atmosphere.

“It’s a family fit for me, and I liked what Coach (Dan) Mullen and Coach (Ron) English (secondary coach) had in place,” Preston told GN. “I like the plan that they have, and I can see when I go there that everybody is on one page and has a one-track mindset.

“Everybody is trying to achieve one goal and I liked that. I also liked how Starkville is not that far from where I live, so my parents will be able to come see me play and that is a big thing.”

Preston, (6 feet 1, 195 pounds) from Saint James (La.) High, chose Mississippi State over, among others, Arizona, Purdue, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt. Saint James is about 60 miles west of New Orleans.

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Preston and his mom shared a moment with Mullen that played a factor in his commitment.

“I like Coach Mullen a lot,” Preston said. “The second time I went to visit Mississippi State, Coach Mullen was on vacation and my mom was with me. We actually went in Coach Mullen’s office and he actually got on FaceTime on the big TV and talked to my mom. He didn’t have to do that, so that was a big thing.”

What type of player is Mississippi State getting in Preston?

“I consider myself a physical football player and a very aggressive football player,” Preston said. “I like to tackle and I like to come down and hit. At the same time, a big thing that coaches say they like about me is my range and my length. So I guess those are some of the biggest components to my game.”

Preston, though, didn’t say for certain that his recruitment was over, but that he likes his decision as it stands now.

“I’m always open to hear other coaches and receive other offers, but I’m happy to be committed to Mississippi State,” he said.

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