November 19, 2008

Smith signs on with Mississippi State

Shaunessy Smith's 18th birthday will definitely be one to remember.

The 6-foot-6, 195-pounder from Macon, Miss., inked a scholarship today marking the first signee of the class of 2009 for Mississippi State.

"Today is real special," Smith said. "On top of this, it's my birthday. It's just really special. It's a day that I am always going to remember."

Smith chose the Bulldogs over USC, UAB, Clemson and Ole Miss.

"They were the ones recruiting me the hardest and longest," Smith said. "Plus, I wanted to be close to home."

Smith has been a staple around Humphrey Coliseum over the past two years and built a strong relationship with MSU head coach Rick Stansbury.

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