Today, the popular recruiting website 247Sports.com released a state ranking for Mississippi, and it gives a good representation of the job Mississippi State’s staff has done this year.
The Bulldogs have four of the top 10 prospects in the state, according to the website. And what about the other six, you might ask? They haven’t chosen a school yet.
So yes, none of the top 10 prospects in Mississippi have chosen Ole Miss … yet. Of course, it is early. Also, out of the top 20, Mississippi State has six of the top 20 and Ole Miss has only one: No. 12 Willie Hibbler. The Bulldogs have been poked at a bit for having a national leading nine commitments on board already, sort of a “quantity doesn’t beat quality” argument by some people. But when it comes to securing in-state talent, which is vital in this particular state, Mississippi State is doing a pretty fine job.
1. LB Leo Lewis of Brookhaven HS
2. ATH Malik Dear of Murrah HS
3. S Jamal Peters of Bassfield HS
4. OL Javon Patterson of Petal HS
5. WR Dontea Jones of Louisville HS (MSU commit)
6. DL Fletcher Adams of Brandon HS
7. CB Chris Stamps of Warren Central HS (MSU commit)
8. LB Timothy Washington of Yazoo City HS (MSU commit)
9. ATH Cameron Myers of Oak Grove HS (MSU commit)
10. WR Keenan Barnes of Madison Central HS
11. DE Gabriel Campbell of Yazoo City HS
12. TE Willie Hibbler of North Panola HS (Ole Miss commit)
13. ATH Mark McLaurin of Collins HS
14. ATH Jay Johnson of Bruce HS (MSU commit)
15. ATH Jarvis Wilson of Tupelo HS
16. QB J’Mar Smith of Meridian HS
17. ATH Jonnas Spivey of Bay Springs HS
18. OL Tommy Champion of Callaway HS
19. DE Keith Joseph Jr. of Pascagoula HS
20. DB Armani Linton of Walnut HS (MSU commit)