Over the previous couple of months, 2015 prospect Hunter Dale of John Curtis (La.) Christian has enjoyed an early start to his recruitment with a few offers. That process continued this past weekend when the 5-11 and 180-pound safety picked up his third BCS offer.
The safety prospect already had offers from Florida, Arizona State and Tulane before Mississippi State was added to this list on Saturday.
"(MSU assistant) Coach (Greg) Knox came to our spring game and after that I called him and he told me to stay in touch," said Dale. "So Saturday I called him and they offered me. He said I had a home and a spot at Mississippi State and it was pretty exciting.
"My cousin (MSU true freshman Torrey Dale) plays at Mississippi State and he was happy to hear the news, too. He was messing with me saying I need to go ahead and commit now. And with Torrey there, they are definitely one of my top favorites."
Also drawing interest from Alabama, Dale said he attended one of MSU's home games last year and plans to return to the campus this fall.
"I went there once last year and it was for the Egg Bowl," said Dale. "I plan on going back this year for a game, too. It was a great atmosphere there and I loved hearing the cowbells and the sound those cowbells made. People were so friendly there and it was a very comfortable atmosphere."
Dale and his John Curtis teammates open the regular season this week and the sophomore will play a pair of secondary spots. He also said schools are recruiting him to play those spots at the next level.
"Colleges are recruiting me as a safety and as a corner," said Dale. "I play both positions and like things about both positions. At safety I like how I get to call the plays and tell the secondary what to do. I also like reading offenses at safety.
"But then I get more action at corner when we're in man coverage. I get to focus on just one man and then I like coming up and hitting with run support."
Back to recruiting, Dale noted that he appreciates the early interest and offers. But just starting his sophomore season of high school, he plans to take the natural slow approach.
"I think things are just really getting started," said Dale. "So I want to take it slow and see what all offers I get. It is good to get noticed this early but it won't change what I have to get done on the field for our team."