Over the weekend, Armani Linton and Jay Johnson jumped ship and did the worst thing a Mississippi State commitment can do–they joined Ole Miss’ class. Yet Mississippi State jumped four spots in the national recruiting rankings.
That’s because the Bulldogs had more positive news than negative in this past week. While they did lose Linton and Johnson to the dreaded Rebels, they also landed their No. 1 overall recruit–athlete Malik Dear, the No. 4 overall prospect in Mississippi State who many thought was Starkville-bound all along. Dear is the Bulldogs’ third four-star prospect.
Dear was just another one of those classic in-state battles in Mississippi, where the Bulldogs and Rebels duked it out. Dear is talented enough to play several positions–he rushed for 1,000, caught a ton of passes and even played some quarterback for Murrah HS in Jackson. He’s a sleek athlete and has been in the national top 100 at times this year.
The Bulldogs also landed TE Harrison Moon and QB Nick Tiano out of Tennessee to boost the class size to 16 commitments for the 2015 class.
EDITOR’S NOTE: All rankings, team or individual, are based on composite rankings from 247Sports.com.
|NAT RANK||RECRUIT||HIGH SCHOOL/HOMETOWN||STAR||POS||HGT||WGT|
|130||Malik Dear||Murrah (Jackson, MS)||4||ATH||5’9″||210|
|8*||Donald Gray||Copiah-Lincoln CC (Wesson, MS)||4||WR||5’10”||185|
|309||Timothy Washington||Yazoo City (Yazoo City, MS)||4||DE||6’3”||200|
|320||Maurice Smitherman||Minor (Adamsville, AL)||3||DB||5’9″||190|
|434||Dontea Jones||Louisville (Louisville, MS)||3||WR||6’4″||200|
|466||Kentavious Thomas||Baldwin (Milledgeville, GA)||3||RB||5’11”||195|
|498||Jarvis Wilson||Tupelo (MS)||3||DB||6’2”||200|
|561||Chason Virgil||West Mesquite (TX)||3||QB||6’2”||170|
|615||Cameron Myers||Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS)||3||ATH||6’2”||185|
|618||Deddrick Thomas||Memphis Central (TN)||3||ATH||5’9”||170|
|661||Chris Stamps||Warren Central (Vicksburg, MS)||3||DB||6’1″||170|
|800||Kendell Jones||Clay-Chalkville (AL)||3||DE||6’4″||240|
|930||Darrien McNair||Trinity Catholic (Ocala, FL)||3||DB||6’3″||210|
|986||Harrison Moon||Signal Mountain (TN)||3||TE||6’6″||260|
|n/a||Tommy Champion||Callaway (Jackson, MS)||3||OL||6’5″||260|
|n/a||Nick Tiano||Baylor School (TN)||3||QB||6’5”||230|
*– Indicates national junior college ranking.