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April 8, 2011
Eulls focused on football future
Kaleb Eulls might be Mississippi State's most well-known player and he hasn't even played a down yet.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive lineman made national headlines as a high school senior saving 22 students aboard a school bus from an armed assailant. The humble Eulls does not talk about his heroic act much these days but has instead been focusing on his football future.
"I might have a couple of people that still come up to me and talk about it," Eulls said. "I don't like talking about it much but some people still do."
Eulls redshirted his freshman season with the Bulldogs after coming to Starkville as a four-star prospect out of Yazoo County (Miss.) High School.
"To me it was a great decision because I got a chance to step back and learn the speed of the game, how to practice and the plays," Eulls said.
The Pickens native spent most of his first year splitting time between defensive end and defensive tackle but has worked inside primarily this spring.
"I think that shows the versatility and athleticism that I have," Eulls said. "The coaches all came together and made the move because they try to do what's best for the team. They try to make the best possible decisions."
Eulls proved his versatility at the high school level where he suited up as the Panthers quarterback, defensive end and punter. He combined for 1,663 yards of offense and 13 touchdowns while recording 82 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
The former Dandy Dozen member was selected as the Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year as well as earning first team, All-State honors and represented the Magnolia State in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.
But Eulls admits that the move to the Southeastern Conference has been quite a jump in competition.
"It was a big transition coming into the SEC which is one of the toughest conferences out there," Eulls said. "Coming from high school into this division was pretty tough."
Eulls has fought through the freshman trials in 2010 and is finishing up his first spring practice strong.
"Everything is going great for us out here in the spring especially for myself coming out here and learning," Eulls said. "I'm getting a chance to learn some tools moving to the d-tackle position. Everything is going great not only for myself but for the whole team. We're all trying to get better."
Eulls certainly had his share of scholarships landing offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Tennessee but never wavered after his commitment to the Bulldogs. Now over a year later he is still standing behind his decision.
"I'm happy with the decision that I made," Eulls said. "I'm proud of the decision that I made because I know this school here is going to make me the best possible player not only on but off the field education-wise. I'm not just happy, I'm proud of the decision that I made."