January 2, 2009

Bulldogs bring in four-star McPhee

Christmas came three days early for the Mississippi State coaching staff.

The last piece of the junior college puzzle fell into place Monday afternoon when four-star defensive end Pernell McPhee signed the dotted line officially becoming a Bulldog.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder from Itawamba Community College signed a national letter of intent to play for Dan Mullen from his home in Pahokee, Fla.

"It feels good to be an SEC football player," McPhee said while filling out the necessary paperwork to fax in.

McPhee chose MSU over offers from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Michigan. He committed to the Bulldogs in late July but backed off with the resignation of Sylvester Croom.

But after meeting with new head coach Dan Mullen shortly after his hire, McPhee felt more comfortable coming to Starkville.

"The meeting went great," McPhee said. "He is a very energetic coach. He seemed like a nice man."

McPhee said playing for a coach like Mullen raises his expectation level for Mississippi State as a program.

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