Samuel Smith made his announcement Thursday as his new college home is in Mississippi.

McDONOUGH — The uncommitted road for Samuel Smith came to an end Thursday afternoon as he signed at Union Grove High to continue his athletic career with Mississippi State.

After initiating the conversation through his club coach Ron Williams, he had an official visit that helped him make his decision but it was simple and dealt with a lot of prayer as well.

”I also like the way the coaches had my best interest in mind and I like that I was genuinely wanted,” Smith said. “Plus its hard to say no to a full ride.”

His high school career isn’t over yet. But committing to a school like Mississippi State helps cap off his career. In Smith’s own words, it lets him know that all his hard work throughout the years had finally paid off.

He’s not planning to rest on his laurels either in his final year of high school track competition.

“I plan to win some more state titles before high school track is all over,” Smith said. “At the next level I intend to work hard and become a SEC champion in the 400-meter hurdles in the next few years.”

A decision to leave Georgia and head to Mississippi is not easy and family had to weigh into the decision to leave and pursue school. According to Smith, he and his family were on the same page.

”My family and I were on the same page with MSU,” Smith said. “Everybody liked the school and felt it was a good fit for me.”

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Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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