January 16, 2011

No surprises for Market

South Panola (Miss.) standout Kendrick Market has been a longtime Mississippi State fan and has been to the Starkville campus many times over the past few years.

So when the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder took his official visit this past weekend there were really no surprises.

"It went well and everything was good," Market said. "We me the new players and met some of the professors and a lot more stuff. We got a chance to go out with the players too."

Market said that his favorite part was getting to know his future Bulldog teammates and was hosted by rising senior safety Wade Bonner.

About the only thing new Market experienced on his visit was meeting MSU's newest coach Geoff Collins. Collins was hired this past week to serve as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

"He fits in well," Market said of Collins. "Everything was the same with him. It was like he'd been there for a while."

Before leaving on Sunday, Market met with head coach Dan Mullen to discuss his future plans.

"He was just talking to me about coming down there, when I'm coming and what I'm going to play," Market said. "He told me I'd play wherever I played in high school."

That could mean a variety of things for the three-star prospect who played safety, linebacker and wildcat quarterback for the Tigers this past season on their way to a No. 1 ranking in the entire country.

As a senior Market completed 12-of-18 passing for 183 yards and four touchdowns and one two-point conversion. He also rushed 59 times for 729 yards, six scores and two more two-point conversions. On defense he recorded 54 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, six interceptions (three returned for touchdowns) 12 pass deflections and three fumble recoveries (two returned for a touchdowns). He also returned one punt return for 20 yards.

Market is currently rated as the nation's No. 31 safety.

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