Mississippi State Bulldogs
- SEC TEAM RANK: No. 12
- NATIONAL TEAM RANK: No. 38
- LAST YEAR’S FINISH: No. 11 (SEC); No. 25 (nation).
- NO. 1 CURRENT RECRUIT: ATH Jamoral Graham (No. 212).
- SDS ‘SLEEPER’ STAR: Braxton Hoyett is a defensive tackle out of Alabama, and an incredibly mature kid. He’ll go far in Starkville, book it.
- SUM THE DAY UP: It was sort of a hot and cold day for the Bulldogs, as they lost four-star DB prospect Tee Shepard to Ole Miss, but flipped Tennessee JUCO D-end commitment Cory Thomas. Other than that, it wasn’t as busy as several other SEC schools. Also, the Bulldogs found out Wednesday that high-end 3-star prospect Ravian Pierce has postponed his signing so that he can visit Starkville within the next few days. Pierce is a former Arkansas commit. He would be a solid addition in the next week or so.
- OVERALL: Mississippi State really did a nice job down the stretch, adding key players to the program. And the cornerstones of its class—guys like Jamoral Graham, Aeris Williams and Gerri Green—have been on board for a long time and didn’t waver much. This is a tough conference to recruit in, and the Bulldogs held their own.
Editor’s note: All team and individual ratings referenced by Saturday Down South are according to 247Sports.com’s composite ranking, which averages all services. Team rankings are as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Here’s a look at the current commitments, with ranking and early enrollment details:
|Brandon Bryant||DB||Tunica, MS||6’0″||195||3|
|Deion Calhoun||OL||Fairfield, AL||6’3″||310||3|
|Ronald Cochran||OL||Olive Branch, MS||6’5”||280||2|
|Will Coleman||DE||Tyler, TX||6’5″||250||3|
|Logan Cooke||K||Columbia, MS||6’5″||200||3|
|Deshon Cooper||LB||Decatur, GA||6’4″||215||3|
|Lashard Durr||DB||Gulfport, MS||6’1″||181||3|
|Nick Fitzgerald||QB||Richmond Hill, GA||6’5″||205||3||YES|
|Jamoral Graham||ATH||Decatur, MS||5’11″||165||4|
|J.T. Gray||ATH||Clarksdale, MS||6’0″||190||3|
|Gerri Green||LB||Greenville, MS||6’5″||210||4|
|Grant Harris||DE||Clinton, MS||6’5”||270||3|
|Jordan Harris||OL||Stone Mountain, GA||6’6″||265||3|
|Braxton Hoyett||DT||Pelham, AL||6’3″||275||3|
|Darrion Hutcherson||TE||Wesson, MS||6’7″||260||3|
|Jesse Jackson||WR||Petal, MS||6’2″||195||3|
|Elgton Jenkins||OL||Clarksdale, MS||6’4″||285||3|
|Jocquell Johnson||OL||Wesson, MS||6’5″||305||3||YES|
|Dontavian Lee||RB||Brooklyn, MS||6’0″||200||3|
|Chris Rayford||DB||Byhalia, MS||6’1″||200||3|
|Elijah Staley||QB||Marietta, GA||6’6″||213||3|
|Cory Thomas||DE||McCalla, AL||6’6″||270||3|
|Aeris Williams||RB||West Point, MS||6’2″||208||4|