247Sports four-star Stephen Guidry had a successful season opener Thursday night and helped lead Hinds Community College to a thrilling 34-31 win over Itawamba Community College.
After the game, however, Guidry also had his future on his mind. That led to his Mississippi State decision on Friday and after he had a conversation with his family.
"I've been wanting to commit to Mississippi State but I wanted to talk to my family first," said the 6-foot-4 and 190-pound Guidry. "So I did that after our game last night and they were excited for me. They were proud of me and they are ready to support me at Mississippi State."
Guidry is rated as the nation's No. 1 juco receiver and the nation's No. 1 overall juco prospect by 247Composite. He attended Mississippi State's season opener last weekend and that experience eventually led to Friday's moment.
"When I went to their first game, that is when I knew for sure," said Guidry, who had four catches for 59 yards and one touchdown on Thursday. "They're the only school that has always been there for me and the only one that has talked to me about football and having a plan for my life and a plan for academics. They care about me and how successful I can be in life and not just football."
And as noted, that led to Guidry making the call to Bulldog coaches Friday morning.
"I told my receivers coach, Coach Omarr (Conner), on Thursday night and told him I was going to commit," said Guidry. "Then I told Coach G (Billy Gonzales) and Coach (Greg) Knox this morning and they were very excited. They said I made them happy and it was good to tell them.
"And it's a good school and a good program. It's a big family there and there's not different sides and they're all there for each other. Plus, like I said, the coaches care about your future."
On the current roster. Mississippi State has a pair of senior starting receivers in Donald Gray and Gabe Myles. So Guidry noted of that opportunity ahead for him and also likes the future of Bulldog football in 2018.
"It's a big opportunity for me to be a big playmaker," said Guidry. "(Nick) Fitzgerald is a good quarterback and by the time I get there, Keytaon (Thompson) will have more experience and be better. So we could have a special team. We've got a good class coming in there and then we got a lot of guys coming back. It could really be something special."