Meridian Star

May 10, 2013

Bulldog Bound

Newton County’s Graham sold on Mississippi State

Tony Tsoukalas
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — From the moment Newton County athlete Jamoral Graham met Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, he knew he wanted to be a part of the Bulldog family.

    Tuesday, Graham announced on Twitter that he plans on signing with MSU following his senior year of high school, tweeting “Who’s a Bulldawg , I’m a Bulldawg , If you wanna let the dog out then join and be a Bulldawg!!! #HailState #Maroon #Black #White.”

    “I feel like Mississippi State is a college that wants to pick up Mississippi players and build them up into a championship team,” Graham said.     “I feel like if I go there, I could be a part of that. I want to be a part of a family development, and that’s what they are building at Mississippi State.”

    The ability to play close to home played a major role in Graham’s recruitment, as he said he is excited to still be able to play in front of friends and family.

    “I really wanted to stay here so my family could see me play,” Graham said. “They were happy to know I wasn’t going far.”

    Graham is rated as a four-star athlete by and plays defensive back, slot receiver and running back for the Cougars. At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, Graham runs a sub 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. During his junior season at Newton County, he totaled 495 yards and six touchdowns on the ground while earning 464 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver. On defense, Graham accounted for one interception and seven pass break-ups.

Graham said Mullen told him he has the ability to play on either side of the ball at the next level.

    “He told me I was a very physical cornerback and could take care of anybody that came my way,” Graham said. “But, on the offensive side he likes me too. He’s knows that I am a running back and I have great vision, great speed. I cut very well and I can catch the ball. I’ll even run a guy over if I have to. He told me I’m just an athlete, and I can do whatever they want me to do.”

    Graham said, if given the choice, he’d choose to play slot receiver at the next level but would play anywhere coaches asked him to.

    “I like the ball in my hands, I like to score,” Graham said. “I feel like whenever I get the ball, anything is possible. God gave me the ability to make things happen, and I love it.”

    With the recruitment process over, Graham said he feels a sense of security and can now focus completely on his senior season.

    Newton County head coach Jackie Williamson has noticed an increase Graham's dedication not only in the weight room, but in the locker room as well.

    “He has really started to show some leadership the last month,” Williamson said. “We need him to be a leader, and we will be really good if he continues to do that for us.”

    Graham said he is 100 percent solid on his commitment and will not visit any other schools during his senior season. 

“I love Mississippi State, and I can’t wait to be a Bulldog.” Graham said.