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.
|YEAR||NO. 1 H.S. RECRUIT||POS||NAT.RANK||HOW’D THEY TURN OUT?||SDS GRADE|
|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.