Mississippi State lands 11th commit, now No. 12 ranked class nationally

Mississippi State Bulldogs Running Back Vick Ballard

Mississippi State’s coaching staff is doing a whale of a job recruiting. Don’t believe it? Consider this fact–the Bulldogs are rated the No. 12 recruiting class in the nation now, moving up two spots thanks to the addition of Jarvis Wilson this week.

Mississippi State hasn’t been anywhere near this high a ranking since 2003, when it inked two five-star prospects and future NFL players, DelJuan Robinson and Quinton Culberson. Rivals.com rated that class No. 9 in the nation, but the Bulldogs have been no higher than No. 22 in Rivals’ rankings from 2004-09 and the later 247Sports composite ranking from 2010-present (which averages all services). Usually, the Bulldogs hover around the 30-somethings in the national recruiting rankings.

This is a big deal in Starkville. Oh yeah … and another thing–Mississippi State is miles ahead of Ole Miss’ ranking (No. 45 in the nation) right now.

The staff has been busy. With 11 commitments already on board with nine months still remaining before national signing day, the Bulldogs are well on their way. Wilson is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety out of Tupelo (Miss.). If you ask those who cover Mississippi high school football and scout the area intensely–like VarsityPreps’ Demetric Warren–they are raving about this kid, saying he is a true sleeper talent.

Tupelo head coach Trent Hammond told TV station WTVA that they’ll be playing him in the secondary this fall after he played a lot of offense last year.

“We moved him to a secondary position to play him as a free safety, having lost both of our safeties last year, so we needed a big, strong physical safety and made the move,” Hammond told the station. “I think that sets up well for him, and they’ve been out watching him practice and run around, and I think he looks like a safety as he moves around.”



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  • Let’s hope they stay and we can keep this going

  • The real question is can Mullen land any impact guys from out of state. There isn’t enough ELITE talent in the state of Mississippi to land a top 20 class from in-state talent alone. Thus, Mullen’s true challenge is to somehow land 3-4 impact players from surrounding states.

    • Actually, there are several elite prospects in MS this year. If he can land 2 or 3 of them I think we will end up with a top 20 or top 15 class. We supposedly are in the lead for a few of them. Now…I agree in the future we have to pull some talent from out of state. But this is a talent rich year for MS talent.

  • Recruiting rankings this early mean NOTHING! The only reason MSU is ranked so high is because they have a lot of recruits committed right now. I wouldn’t worry about Ole Miss, they will have another good recruiting class. But this year Ole Miss will only sign 17 to 20 recruits. Ole Miss is taking their time right now. They are in the mix for a lot of talented players. So when Feb comes, then we all can see who has the best recruiting class. Right now its laughable talking about class rankings.

  • Armyguy every time you open your mouth you show the world just how stupid you are. I bet you still think Bo Wallace is a good QB.