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MSU raiding Texas for talent

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The ringing cowbells of Mississippi State have lured three Houston-area prospects to SEC country.
Fort Bend Marshall High School's Chris Herrera, Brandon Cooper and Marcus Washington have committed to Bulldog assistant coach Brick Haley over the past few weeks.
"Mississippi State offered six of our guys and have been very impressive," Marshall recruiting coordinator Michael O'Guin said. "They struck a chord with our guys."
Cooper, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end, and Herrera, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound tight end, led the surge by committing two weeks ago. Washington, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back, committed this week.
"I really like the coaching staff and it's icing on the cake to be able to play in the SEC," Cooper said. "I feel very comfortable having two of my teammates joining me down South also."
The Bulldogs are also expecting a commitment from Sean Estelle, a 6-3, 240-pound defensive end. Estelle has also been offered by Northwestern, Colorado, Iowa and Indiana.
Marshall's headliner is offensive lineman Dimitri Lott, who has been offered by more than 20 schools including Mississippi State. Lott is the No. 100 prospect in the Rivals.com 2006 Texas preseason top 100.
"My top five include Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Georgia Tech," Lott said.
Linebacker Royzell Smith is the school's sixth Division I scholarship recipient. He has committed to the University of Texas-El Paso, but don't rule out Smith going to MSU, too.
"I've been offered by Mississippi State also and I am considering them," Smith said. "I might change my commitment."
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