Dawning of a new Day

Dillon Day is participating in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Dillon Day is participating in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Dillon Day wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school.

After all, the former West Monroe (La.) High School product was only a two-star prospect and weighed just 237-pounds entering his senior year.

Day had received just two scholarship offers from Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe before Mississippi State came through with a national letter of intent on signing day in 2010.

Five years and 46 starts at center later, Day is in Mobile, Ala., among the nation’s elite at the Senior Bowl hoping to improve his NFL draft stock.

“I’m super excited and ready to go through this whole process and see how everything works out,” Day said. “I’m just hoping for the best.”

The Senior Bowl on Saturday will be the second all-star game that the now 6-foot-4, 300-pounder has participated in as many weeks. Day also took part in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., last Saturday leading the East squad to a 19-3 victory.

Day is trying absorb all he can from the professional coaches and better himself against high caliber competition.

“I just want to learn from the coaches that are here teaching us,” Day said. “Coach (John) Hevesy has been teaching me for the last five years and everybody coaches different. I want to improve on some things that maybe they see. Getting to work with some of the best players in college will be really exciting to compete with them and see where I stack up.”

Day served as a team co-captain this past season for the Bulldogs. He started 12 games and helped guide MSU to one of its most memorable seasons ever. The Bulldogs enjoyed a five week stint at No. 1 and finished with a 10-3 record.

“It means a lot to me obviously being a senior,” Day said. “My first four years including my redshirt year were great and there were good times. But this season’s been totally different. It’s definitely going to be one to be remembered.”

The one game Day didn’t play in was on Oct. 4 against Texas A&M. Day was suspended one game by SEC commissioner Mike Slive for stomping on two players during the LSU game.

“That was a crazy deal and it is what it is,” Day said. “People were bashing me but at the end of the day I’m a football player and stuff happens. It definitely was a learning experience.”

But if football doesn’t work out for Day, there’s a chance he could be stomping on people for a living as a professional wrestler.

“I got my degree in clinical exercise physiology so I’ve been thinking about a couple of things,” Day said. “I’ll either go to nursing school or do the wrestling thing. I’ll try to get in shape for that and see if I can make it in that. I just want to do something competitive and athletically. I think that would be a fun experience. I could see myself doing either or. We’ll just see where it takes me.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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