August 17, 2009

Bulldogs eyeing another Northridge standout

Mississippi State has already landed one prospect from Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in this recruiting class in three-star wide receiver Malcolm Johnson.

But the Bulldog coaches have also been eyeing one of the linemen that has been paving the way for Johnson since junior high. Tackle Justin Bogan has packed on 20-pounds during the offseason and now tips the scales at 325-pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame.

Bogan stated that he would welcome the chance to join Johnson at the same school at next level.

"Every day he comes up to me and tells me that I need to come over there," Bogan said of Johnson. "He keeps telling me that they want to offer me and that I need to go ahead and commit. I think me and Malcolm have been playing ball together since we were in the sixth grade. We've been knowing each other for a while. We've been around each other and can keep each other out of trouble. I think it would be a good opportunity."

Bogan has received interest from plenty of programs including UAB, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Arkansas State, Marshall, Troy and Western Kentucky. But a pair of Southeastern Conference rivals have shown the most interest so far.

"I think Mississippi State is the closest to offering right now," Bogan said. "Alabama was talking to me about the center position but the problem is I don't play center during the season. I play left tackle but my coach is trying to make the adjustment where I can get some looks at center during games."

The Bulldogs staff has gotten word to Bogan through his head coach and also through a former teammate, MSU redshirt freshman linebacker Brandon Wilson.

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