Mississippi State in rare recruiting air, perched within the national top 10


Pick your poison: Mississippi State has 13 commitments on board already, it is ranked within the nation’s top 10, and most importantly … it is ranked 28 spots ahead of Ole Miss. Which is the biggest news?

The Bulldogs are rolling, in a recruiting sense. In the last five years, Mississippi State hasn’t even finished in the top 20, much less the top 10. The Bulldogs’ top effort over the past half decade was a No. 22 finish in the 2012 class, and three times it didn’t even finish in the top 30.

And just this week, high end four-star safety prospect Jamal Peters named his top 10 — and Mississippi State was listed No. 1. He would easily top the Bulldogs’ commitment list if he came aboard. Four-star in-stater Malik Dear is another player who would top the charts for Mississippi State, and he could also come aboard soon.

So this is a nice change of recruiting momentum for the Bulldogs. They most recently landed their future QB in highly coveted Texan Chason Virgil and nine of the players who have come aboard out of the 13 are in-state products, the most recent of which was offensive tackle Tommy Champion, who joined the class on May 16, just a day after Virgil.

EDITOR’S NOTE: All rankings, team or individual, are based on composite rankings from 247Sports.com.

7* Donald Gray Copiah-Lincoln CC (Wesson, MS) 4 WR 5’10″ 185
307 Timothy Washington Yazoo City (Yazoo City, MS) 4 DE 6’3” 200
432 Dontea Jones Louisville (Louisville, MS) 3 WR 6’4″ 200
463 Kentavious Thomas Baldwin (Milledgeville, GA) 3 RB 5’11” 195
483 Jarvis Wilson Tupelo (MS) 3 DB 6’2” 200
503 Jay Johnson Bruce (Bruce, MS) 3 ATH 6’4” 210
556 Chason Virgil West Mesquite (TX) 3 QB 6’2” 170
611 Cameron Myers Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) 3 ATH 6’2” 185
620 Deddrick Thomas Memphis Central (TN) 3 ATH 5’9” 170
658 Chris Stamps Warren Central (Vicksburg, MS) 3 DB 6’1″ 170
861 Armani Linton Walnut Att. Center (Walnut, MS) 3 DB 6’3″ 195
905 Darrien McNair Trinity Catholic (Ocala, FL) 3 DB 6’3″ 210
989 Tommy Champion Callaway (Jackson, MS) 3 OL 6’5″ 260

*– Indicates national junior college ranking.


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  • Being ranked 27 spots above Ole Miss isn’t important or big news.

  • We hear so much on this site and many others about ‘player development’. Mainly from Mizzou and Boise State fans. Their fans taut their ‘player development’ is why the recruiting classes are ranked so low. However, they sometimes finish around the top. So is there any metric we can use to see which program really is developing 2 and 3 star players? Year in and year out. Not just past 3 years maybe past 10 or 15?

    • One team REALLY jumps out to me after covering recruiting nationally for 5 years — KANSAS STATE. They do more with less than anybody in the country, as long as Snyder is the coach, that is.

  • This is a ridiculous article. Ole Miss only has 5 commits right now while State has 12. Why don’t you revist this article when both teams have full recruiting classes. Otherwise, you are just fishing for controversy.

    • Looks like we aren’t just fishing, but might have actually caught something. Listen D4, it is ALL about fun and debate. Right now, the Bulldogs are cleaning Ole Miss’ clocks at recruiting … but, the way we do it here on SDS is … when Ole Miss is cleaning MSU’s clocks at something (recruiting, QB commitment, on the field) we’ll point that out too. We’re an equal opportunity praiser.

      • I wouldn’t say that a list that consists primarily of three star recruits is cleaning anyone’s clock.. State is doing well early by State standards but it is still really early in the recruiting cycle, and a lot of highly ranked recruits are still uncommitted. Without multiple high profile recruits committing, they will struggle to stay in the top 20. When they can start landing national recruits outside the state of Mississippi, then they will have fully turned the corner. Based on the projected size of their class, they should finish in the top 25; however, their class probably won’t be ranked higher than the one OM brought in last year without some surprises down the stretch. Their class is solid thus far, though.

        • Valid points, Sports_Fan, but keep in mind —- Jamal Peters and Malik Dear would be their best two guys, and they aren’t even on board yet, but they will be at some point most likely. Also, how about some stud JUCO kid? You never know.

  • Brian,

    you made this comment “none of the players who have come aboard out of the 13 are in-state products”

    7 of our current commits are from Mississippi

    althought linton wont be on our board long. he is OM bound