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Mississippi State Recruiting: The Bulldogs Fall in Rankings


The volatile and ever changing landscape of college football recruiting can be best represented by the situation inStarkville. Less than a week ago the Bulldogs’ 2012 class was ranked No. 20 by giving fans hope for the future.

Now Mississippi State has fallen to No. 30 with one week left before National Signing Day on Feb. 1. How far will the Bulldog’s recruiting class fall?

Head coach Dan Mullen’s early recruiting success has given way as the rest of the pack seems to be catching up to the Bulldogs. The only change on the verbal commitment list is the loss of 3-star linebacker Lelland Ducksworth fromHattiesburg, Miss and the addition of 3-star defensive end A.J. Jefferson from Summit, Miss.

Per the state rankings on Jefferson is ranked No. 6 while Ducksworth is ranked No. 14. The thought upgrade in overall talent has not kept the Bulldogs ranking secure.

Of the 25 scholarships available three have already been claimed by junior college players. 3-star offensive linemen Dylan Holley and Charles Siddoway have signed their letter of intent.

East Mississippi Community College standout Denico Autry has signed his letter of intent as well. On Autry is considered a 5-star recruit. Per Autry was the second best junior college player in the nation during the 2011 season.

With 22 available scholarships left Dan Mullen appears to be eager to sign a quarterback to this year’s class. Steven Bench, a 3-starPennStateverbal commitment fromCairo,Georgiaas of Jan. 24, received an in-home visit from Mullen on Monday. Bench verbally committed to Rice in December. Mullen and his staff can only hope that Bench flips again.

Also on the Bulldogs radar is Nick Schuessler, a 2-star quarterback prospect fromLoganville,Georgia. Schuessler does not have any reported offers to date. He was scheduled to take his first official visit to Arkansas this weekend but has changed his trip to MSU instead.

With the hard cap rule of only 25 recruits allowed to sign for any given SEC team, one of Mullen’s current verbal commitments may end up losing their scholarship offer if Schuessler’s visit goes well in Starkville.

Five other recruits are scheduled to join Schuessler on the MSU campus this weekend including:

OT Demitric Camiel, 2-star, 6’6”, 285 pounds, Houston,Texas

QB Forest Williams, Not Ranked, 6’1”, 175 pounds, Amory, Miss

TE Hunter Bradley, Not Ranked, 6’4”, 220 pounds, Collierville, Miss

K Michael Mordecai, Not Ranked, 6’4”, 185 pounds, Jackson, Miss

K Evan Sobiesk, Not Ranked, 5’9”, 185 pounds, Hattiesburg, Miss

Here’s a list of Mississippi State’s 22 verbal commitments:

DT Quay Evans, 6’3”, 295 pounds, 4-star, Morton, Miss

DT Nick James, 6’4”, 335 pounds, 3-star,Long Beach, Miss

RB Xavier Grindle, 5’10”, 190 pounds, 3-star,Columbia, Miss

RB Deonte Evans, 5’11”, 198 pounds, 3-star, McComb, Miss

S Adarrius Perkins, 6’2”, 185 pounds, 3-star, Brooklyn, Miss

OL Devon Desper, 6’4” 295 pounds, 3-star, Madison, Miss

DB Cedric Jiles, 6’0”, 180 pounds, 3-star, Clinton, Miss

DE Nelson Adams, 6’5”, 260 pounds, 3-star, Brandon, Miss

ATH Adairius Barnes, 5’11”, 180 pounds, 3-star, Port Gibson, Miss

WR Frederick Brown, 6’1”, 166 pounds, 3-star, Jackson, Miss

OT Justin Senior, 6’6”, 280 pounds, 3-star, Chatham,Virginia

DT Jordan Washington, 6’2”, 275 pounds, 3-star, Suwannee, Georgia

CB Kivon Coman, 6’1”, 190 pounds, 3-star, Florence, Alabama

RB Brandon Holloway, 5’9”, 165 pounds, 2-star, Tampa Bay,Florida

TE Gus Walley, 6’4”, 215, 2-star, Leakesville, Miss

DE Ryan Brown, 6’5”, 240 pounds, 3-star, Marrero, Louisiana

OG Cole Carter, 6’6”, 270, 3-star, Caledonia, Miss

DE Torrey Bell, 6’5”, 225, 2-star, River Ridge, Louisiana

S Quadry Antoine, 5’11”, 210 pounds, 3-star, Belle Chasse, Louisiana

P Devon Bell, 6’3”, 190 pounds, 3-star,Vicksburg, Miss

DE A.J. Jefferson, 6’4”, 240 pounds, 3-star, Summit, Miss

K Devon Bell, 2-star, 6’3”, 180 pounds,Vicksburg, Miss

To show the discrepancy in recruiting services, has MSU ranked No. 30, No. 18, does not have MSU ranked in their top 30, while has the Bulldogs ranked No. 24.