It's been a whirlwind of events for Holmes Community College receiver Caleb Ducking dating back to last Friday. And it got even more interesting for the 2020 prospect on Wednesday afternoon.
After attending Top Dawg Camp last Friday, Ducking was back in Starkville on Wednesday for another unofficial visit at Mississippi State. The 6-foot-5 and 185-pound Ducking received a Bulldog offer before leaving campus and committed to the Bulldogs on the spot.
In doing so, Ducking becomes the 15th commitment for Joe Moorhead and the Bulldogs' Class of 2020, and the fifth 2020 commitment in the last couple of weeks.
"It was an exciting day," said Ducking. "I got to tour the campus and see all of the football facilities and I loved it all. Then I sat down in Coach Moorhead's office for awhile and we talked about a lot of things. He said he was offering me a full scholarship to play football at Mississippi State and I told him I'll take it and I committed right then."
Ducking added that he felt at home with Moorhead and his staff, and that his family was also thrilled to hear the news.
"I know I've got to keep working hard and the work doesn't stop now," added Ducking, who hasn't been rated yet by 247Sports.. "I've got to get stronger and keep getting better with my footwork and all of that. But I'm pretty excited about all of this. My family was excited for me and they wanted me at Mississippi State, too.
"A lot has happened quickly but it's all a blessing. I'm blessed to have this opportunity and I just feel like I'm home at Mississippi State."
With his decision, Ducking becomes the 2nd receiver commitment of the class, joining Johnquarise Patterson of Hinds Community College.
As noted, Ducking was among the top standouts last Friday at Top Dawg Camp and put on a good performance in front of the Mississippi State staff. He noted of that experience and the feedback he received from Moorhead and company.
"I went to some 7-on-7 camps there when I was in high school," said Ducking, who played his prep career at South Delta High School. "But that was my first time to be there since high school and Top Dawg Camp was great. I feel like I ran well, compete well and did a lot better in route running than I did last year. I got some great coaching at camp and I proved that I could play.
"Coach Moorhead said he really liked what I did at camp and believe they can make me a great player. And I do like their program and how close everyone is. Everyone there is family and they treat you like you're at home. That was the main thing for me."
Ducking remarked that Mississippi State has shown interest in him since early in the spring evaluation period. That includes previous conversations with several members of the staff, which eventually led to Wednesday's new offer and commitment.
"Mississippi State has been recruiting me since March and so has Ole Miss, Troy and Georgia Southern," Ducking said. "I've been talking a pretty good bit with Coach (Tony) Hughes, Coach Moorhead and Coach (Mike) Johnson. Then I got to be around Coach Johnson a lot at camp since he is the receivers coach. He taught me some cool things and said I did a good job. I picked up a lot of different techniques from him on route running and he helped me a lot at camp."
Ducking spent a lot of his freshman season at Holmes Community College at outside receiver. But most of his duties centered around blocking for Holmes' triple-option attack. This offseason he continues to prep for more improvements to his game and is thankful to have the opportunity provided by Mississippi State.
"I didn't get many chances to catch the ball because we ran it a lot last year," said Ducking. "But I made sure I was prepared and did what was best for the team. I had to learn to block well in our offense and that helped me become a better all-around receiver. And this summer I'm working the most on getting bigger and putting more weight on.
"Coming from the Delta, it's been pretty exciting this year to get the attention from these big schools. And Mississippi State showed me that they believe in me and have trust in me. So that meant a lot to me and I'm pretty excited about the future there."