Two decommitments hardly hurt Mississippi State, at No. 6 in nation now


Over the weekend, Armani Linton and Jay Johnson jumped ship and did the worst thing a Mississippi State commitment can do–they joined Ole Miss’ class. Yet Mississippi State jumped four spots in the national recruiting rankings.


That’s because the Bulldogs had more positive news than negative in this past week. While they did lose Linton and Johnson to the dreaded Rebels, they also landed their No. 1 overall recruit–athlete Malik Dear, the No. 4 overall prospect in Mississippi State who many thought was Starkville-bound all along. Dear is the Bulldogs’ third four-star prospect.

Dear was just another one of those classic in-state battles in Mississippi, where the Bulldogs and Rebels duked it out. Dear is talented enough to play several positions–he rushed for 1,000, caught a ton of passes and even played some quarterback for Murrah HS in Jackson. He’s a sleek athlete and has been in the national top 100 at times this year.

The Bulldogs also landed TE Harrison Moon and QB Nick Tiano out of Tennessee to boost the class size to 16 commitments for the 2015 class.

EDITOR’S NOTE: All rankings, team or individual, are based on composite rankings from

130 Malik Dear Murrah (Jackson, MS) 4 ATH 5’9″ 210
8* Donald Gray Copiah-Lincoln CC (Wesson, MS) 4 WR 5’10” 185
309 Timothy Washington Yazoo City (Yazoo City, MS) 4 DE 6’3” 200
320 Maurice Smitherman Minor (Adamsville, AL) 3 DB 5’9″ 190
434 Dontea Jones Louisville (Louisville, MS) 3 WR 6’4″ 200
466 Kentavious Thomas Baldwin (Milledgeville, GA) 3 RB 5’11” 195
498 Jarvis Wilson Tupelo (MS) 3 DB 6’2” 200
561 Chason Virgil West Mesquite (TX) 3 QB 6’2” 170
615 Cameron Myers Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) 3 ATH 6’2” 185
618 Deddrick Thomas Memphis Central (TN) 3 ATH 5’9” 170
661 Chris Stamps Warren Central (Vicksburg, MS) 3 DB 6’1″ 170
800 Kendell Jones Clay-Chalkville (AL) 3 DE 6’4″ 240
930 Darrien McNair Trinity Catholic (Ocala, FL) 3 DB 6’3″ 210
986 Harrison Moon Signal Mountain (TN) 3 TE 6’6″ 260
n/a Tommy Champion Callaway (Jackson, MS) 3 OL 6’5″ 260
n/a Nick Tiano Baylor School (TN) 3 QB 6’5” 230

*– Indicates national junior college ranking.

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  • Solid pick-up for State. Dear could end up being very Tre Mason(ish), as in, short but fast & build like a tank.

    • MSU picking up Dear is a big for them, but lets be realistic. The only reason that their class is ranked so high is because they have so many recruits committed at this point. It’s not like they have a ton of studs in that class. But I will give them credit for getting so many recruits to commit so early.

      • Yeah, although I’d rather pick up a handful of three star guys than one four star guy. And we don’t really need “studs” for our team. Many of the best players are overlooked coming out of HS. Never underestimate the power of three star football players.

        • TrueMaroon nailed it. Just last month, we did a piece about 3-star SEC kids who went to the NFL Draft in the draft years of 2011-13. In just three drafts, more than 50 three-star kids coming out of high school got drafted into the NFL. Plus … I’ve noticed a tendency where when a kid commits to MSU or Ole Miss, somehow their rating slips some. Chew on that a bit.

    • Tank is a good way to put it. I was thinking the same thing.

      • ArmyGuy — there is some truth to what you’re saying. The numbers game won’t win it in the end (signing day) but this is still some wonderful work by Mullen and his staff.


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