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Cowboys take former Haughton star Prescott in fourth round of the draft

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Former Haughton High quarterback Dak Prescott was taken in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.

The 6-foot-2, 226-pound Prescott was the 37th pick in the fourth round and the 134th overall.

Prescott was the first quarterback taken by the Cowboys in the draft in seven years. He’s also the first Mississippi State quarterback to be drafted since 1979, according to the SEC Network.

Prescott had several pre-draft meetings with the Cowboys including at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Dallas quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson came to Starkville to work him out privately and then Prescott visited Dallas.

“My last trip I made was to Dallas so they saved the best for last with that,” Prescott said in a radio interview with DallasCowboys.com. “It was exciting and I got a good feel for the coaching staff and I couldn’t be more happier with where I am.”

In the radio interview, Prescott said he grew up a Cowboys fan and many of his family members are also fans.

“It’s America’s Team,” he said. “I couldn’t be more excited to be playing for them. When I got that call from Mr. Jones, it was a dream come true.”

Prescott didn’t play under center at either Haughton or Mississippi State. He told DallasCowboys.com that’s one of the things that he has to continue to work on and improve.

“It’s just more of getting repetitions, getting comfortable doing it,” he said. “I’m excited to do whatever they ask. I’m a hard worker and I’m going to outwork everyone so I’m excited for whatever they are going to throw at me.”

Prescott led Haughton to a 10-0 regular season in 2010. The Bucs finished 12-1 after losing to eventual state champion Franklinton 49-41 in the quarterfinals.

A two-time first-team All-SEC selection, Prescott went on to set numerous school records at Mississippi State.

Prescott was one of four players in FBS history and the second in SEC history (2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow) to pass for 70 touchdown and rush for 40 in a career. He was one of 10 players in FBS history and the second in SEC history to pass for 8,500 yards and rush for 2,000.

Prescott set eight single-game, 15-single season and 15 career school records at Mississippi State. He accounted for 114 career touchdowns, fourth in SEC history. He had 11,897 yards of total offense, third in SEC history. His 2,521 yards rushing is the third most by a quarterback in SEC history.

— Russell Hedges, bossierpress.com