Two kids fell in love with Mississippi State and Starkville this weekend. And they were impressed with the coaching staff, too.
And another thing, they both have a healthy respect for the game otherwise known as the Egg Bowl. They’re already on board with beating Ole Miss, and they’re still 18 months away from actually being able to play in the game.
Bulldogs fans, introducing your 6th and 7th members of the class of 2015–DB Armani Linton (6-3/195) and RB Kentavious Thomas (5-11/205). Linton is an in-state product out of the town of Walnut, while Thomas is out of Milledgeville (Ga.). Both attended the Bulldogs’ junior day.
“I feel like it went pretty good; we toured the campus and facilities and went to the basketball game where they played Kentucky–we just had a very really good time,” Linton told Saturday Down South. “It’s like I already liked the school and already had a connection with the coaches. I felt the offer was coming on anyway. I felt like the coaches already thought highly of me. I just knew that’s probably the place I wanted to be.”
For Thomas, it was a slightly different situation. He was a bit more on the radar of the national rankings (though Linton will likely explode into the rankings within days or weeks), and Mississippi State offered a scholarship in early December. Some recruiting services list Thomas as a national top 200 prospect, while the 247Sports.com composite ranking lists him as a high-end three-star running back. Last year in high school, he proved he could move the ball as well in the passing game (600 yards receiving) as the running game (1,200 yards rushing)–proving he could be a multi-dimensional offensive weapon.
“They think I’ll fit great in that offense, and I think so too,” Thomas told SDS. “We run the same offense at my high school that they do. It’s great. A lot of backs can’t catch the ball out of the backfield like I can. When you can do that, it makes it a higher percentage that I’ll get on the field in this offense. I’m more of a weapon.”
The Bulldogs’ class of 7 is highlighted by four-star DE Tim Washington and four-star ATHs Cameron Myers and Jay Johnson. The group is rated No. 11 in the nation so far.