Miss. State’s Jones one of program’s biggest recruiting hits of past decade


Mississippi State has had some gem No. 1 recruits over the past decade–four in particular that its fans should be proud of, at the very least. Most have been heavy-duty contributors almost immediately, and some have gone on to the NFL. We take a look back, year-by-year, to show you.

Keep in mind, our SDS Grades are based on whether the kid lived up to his tremendous potential by succeeding on the field and for the most part avoiding trouble off of it–we’re not grading our media brethren’s prognostications. When an athlete receives a top rating, that means analysts and coaches feel the prospect is athletically gifted enough to succeed, whether he does or not is mostly up to him.

Here’s a look back over the last 10 years at who was the No. 1 ranked high school recruit coming to the program—and also how they panned out, career wise.

2013 Chris Jones DE 18 Outstanding as a true freshman; 7 TFLs, 3 sacks, 10 hurries A
2012 Quay Evans DT 120 Has had problems off the field, hasn’t been much of a contributor D
2011 Dee Arrington DB 193 Injuries cost him much of Jr. season; decent contributor as Fr., Soph. C
2010 Damien Robinson OL 107 Has seen playing time in 38 career games, mostly not as starter C
2009 Chad Bumphis WR 125 Great career, breaking school record for career receiving yards A+
2008 Charles Mitchell DB 127 6th round NFL draft pick; big contributor for four seasons A
2007 Robert Elliott RB 128 Never really got rolling, but contributed for four years C
2006 Chasman Davis LB 171 Injuries never allowed him to get career rolling Inc.
2005 Derek Pegues DB 35 An All-SEC performer during his four-year career; special teams star A
2004 Rory Johnson LB n/a Ended up having to go the JUCO route, ended up at Ole Miss Inc.

NOTE: Rankings based on 247Sports composite rankings—which were done retroactively within the past year, taking the average of all four services.


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