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.”