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Moore, Woods decide to play for State

June 13, 2012

Kailo Moore goes through MSU's camp on Tuesday. (Photo by Michael Wardlaw, SDN)

The hits just keep coming for the Mississippi State Bulldogs with the top running back in Mississippi, Kailo Moore, and Alabama receiver DeAndre Woods committing to the class of 2013.

“It feels good to be back over here," Moore said. "It's been a while since I’ve been here. It is just the love that I feel when I’m here. The coaches are always happy to see me, and the fans are always glad to see me and wanting me to come here.”

The West Bolivar product rushed for 6.8 yards per carry last season helping his team to a 15-1 record. Moore spent time running drills at MSU camp Tuesday morning prior to his commitment.

“I think I did pretty good," Moore said. "I ran a 4.34 in the 40 (yard dash) and I pulled up about 5 meters away. My hamstring was hurting or I would have done an excellent job (Tuesday).”

While he was pleased with his performance, Moore felt he missed out on what he really wanted to do.

“I hate I couldn’t compete in one on one drills (because) that’s what I really came up here for (Tuesday),” Moore said. “I did get to work with coach (Greg) Knox and it was first time working with him. I like him a lot when I’ve talked to him over the phone getting to know each other. It was good to get to work with him.”

As for the reaction of Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen?

"He was just happy to see me,” Moore said. “He said I needed to start coming up here once a week to see him and kick it. It was good to see him and talk with him (Tuesday).”

Woods, who hails from Pinson, Ala., spent last Saturday on the MSU campus where he participated in camp sessions. After thinking about what he experienced, Woods decided to make a return trip on Tuesday to pledge his commitment.

"With the five senior receivers leaving, it's a good opportunity for me," Woods said. "I just want to go to a college where I can play as a freshman and play hard."

At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Woods easily stood out during his time at camp giving him the confidence he needed to go ahead and end his recruitment.
"It went good," Woods said. "I had fun with it and I showed them what I can do. I'm trying to pick up on the drills, (what) the wide receivers do, adapt to that environment and adapt to the coaching. It was a good experience (coming to Mississippi State). I learned a lot from coach (Angelo) Mirando and hopefully he can teach me some more stuff."

State won out over the likes of Arkansas, Auburn, Purdue, Southern Miss, UAB, USC, and Vanderbilt.

"It's a blessing to have all of these opportunities," Woods said. "I don't take anything for granted, (I just) work hard and still stay humble."

As a junior, Woods caught 36 passes for 460 yards and 10 scores. In addition, the athlete carried the ball three times for 65 yards.

The duo became State’s ninth and 10th commitments to this year’s signing class and with three days of football camp remaining, the Bulldogs are hopeful of adding others.

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