Dak Prescott

Former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys pauses to sign autographs during his Football ProCamp on the MSU campus.

A sign hung on the wall at Little Dooey’s BBQ restaurant on Friday night welcoming Dak Prescott back to a place that is forever ingrained in his heart and his soul and reminded him just how much the community of Starkville and Mississippi State has meant to him over the years.

Seven years ago, Prescott was a wide-eyed freshman quarterback with very little refinement in his overall offensive game coming to Starkville without a clue of where he’d be just a few short years later. On Saturday, he was hosting his third annual Youth Football ProCamp at MSU, which is one of three spots that he scheduled each summer to give back.

The first two stops were Dallas, which is his home base as he plays football for the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys, his hometown of Haughton, La., and he finishes up his summer in Starkville. It’s become the event of the year for kids all around the southeast as they meet a man that has become a legendary figure in both the young athlete and the longtime patron of each of those stops.

For more on Prescott's visit to Starkville, plus sports editor Danny P. Smith's take on it, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News.

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