Mississippi State lands commitment from in-state DE, 13th pledge of 2022 class
Mississippi State picked up its latest commitment for the class of 2020 from an in-state defensive end out of Jackson Mississippi (Provine) as the in-person recruiting continues to ramp up at events like the Top Dawg Camp at Davis Wade Stadium.
Donterry Russell is a 4-star edge rusher and is listed at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. Russell is rated as the No. 17 overall edge rusher in the junior class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He was recruited by Tony Hughes, and has a reported six offers. Jackson Public Schools didn’t play football last fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but as a sophomore in 2019, Russell recorded 11.5 tackles for loss in 11 games, according to MaxPreps.
Mississippi State now has the No. 11 class in the country, according to 247Sports. The Bulldogs have 13 commits in the class. Russell became the highest rated player in the class, followed by fellow four-star Jacarius Clayton (OL) of Tupelo.
With his parents and brother (Mississippi State freshman De’Monte Russell) watching, Russell told Leach the good news, Gene’s Page reported.
“On the ride up here, I was thinking about making my decision,” he said. “I didn’t even tell my parents until I told Coach Leach. But they are excited that both of their sons are going to play together at Mississippi State.”