George County football’s Marquez Dortch signs with Mississippi State

George County High School can measure its success as a football program in a way that perhaps no other program in South Mississippi can.

This morning, the Rebels’ National Signing Day ceremony featured not one, but two division I power five players, making that six over the last six years.

Starting with senior wide receiver Marquez ‘MoJo’ Dortch, who signed his national letter of intent with Mississippi State.

About a month ago, the four-star recruit flipped from Ole Miss to MSU, having been previously committed to the Rebels since all the way back in January.

But the opportunity to play wide receiver at the next level, as opposed to defensive back, was a major turning point in his decision to spend his Saturdays in Starkville as a part of Mike Leach’s air raid offense. “Well, they throw the ball every play pretty much. And I’m just trying to get in the offense and make things happen. But they showed so much love throughout my whole recruitment, I feel like every time I go up there, it’s home. I pick MSU.”

George County Head Football Coach James Ray said, “He could be a great defensive back. But he’s not had a whole lot of practice at that. He could make an immediate impact at receiver right now, so I was really excited that he made this decision and made it best for what suits his skill set.”

Marquez Dortch says former teammate, now Ole Miss rebel M.J. Daniels, told him he would lock him up in next year’s Egg Bowl, but MoJo says that’s not going to happen.

Dortch was a Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game selection and had about a dozen division I offers to choose from.

He graduates from George County in May.

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