City: Starkville, MS
Web site: http://www.mstateathletics.com/
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Darius Slay||No Rating||6'1"/182||Brunswick High School||Defensive back||Mississippi State|
|Emmanuel Edouarzin||B-||6'1"/232||McEachern High School||Linebacker||Mississippi State, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Michigan|
|Joe Stewart||B+||6'1"/175||Dutchtown High School||Athlete||Central Florida, Mississippi State and Missouri|
|Josh Boyd||No Rating||6'3"/275||Philadelphia High School (MS)||Defensive tackle||Mississippi State|
|Justin Randolph||B||5'10"/175||Kell High School||Running back||Air Force, Furman, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest|
|Marlon Anthony||A-||6'5"/192||Kell High School||Wide receiver||Arkansas, Indiana, Louisville and Mississippi State|
|Montrell Conner||No Rating||6'2"/215||Ouachita Parish High School (LA)||Running back||Mississippi State|
|Pernell McPhee||No Rating||6'4"/270||Itawamba Junior College (MS)||Defensive end||Mississippi State|
|Ricco Sanders||A||5'11"/180||Byrnes High School (SC)||Wide receiver||Mississippi State|
|Sam Watts||A-||6'5"/290||Salem High School||Offensive tackle||Mississippi State|
Deon Rogers had a Georgia entourage come to his house on Monday and he’s feeling a lot better about things as a result. Head coach Mark Richt, tight ends coach John Lilly and running backs coach Bryan McClendon paid Rogers a visit Monday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He also spoke to new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham via telephone. Rogers said he was still committed to the Bulldogs before their meeting but he was even more committed afterward “It went real well,” said Rogers, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker from Treasure Coast High School. “It took a lot of stress off my shoulders. Now I’m ready.”
The coach that recruited him won't be at Mississippi State, but Sam Watts will be. The offensive tackle from Salem High was disappointed when he learned that Sylvester Croom resigned. "I'm going to miss Coach Croom a lot, but hopefully a lot of the staff will stay," Watts said. Watts received a call on Saturday from an assistant coach, and on Monday from MSU athletics director Greg Byrne. Both were very positive and assured Watts that they're "going to get a good coach in there, so I'm pretty excited." Croom was "a big plus," in the recruiting process, Watts said, but he committed for a lot more reasons than Croom: the campus, the facility, and players. "It's sad to see him leave but it will be okay," Watts said. Louisiana-Monroe called Watts over the weekend, but the player told them that he is firmly committed to Mississippi State.
After his stellar performance against AJC Super 11 member Branden Smith of Washington last week, Douglass cornerback Caleb Lester hopes more recruiters take notice. Smith, one of the nation’s fastest and most sought after recruits at defensive back and receiver, torched the Astros for a 68-yard touchdown reception on Washington’s first possession. Douglass’ defensive staff then made the move to have Lester cover Smith one-on-one the rest of the night. With negligible safety help over the top, Lester broke up three passes intended for Smith while giving up just one reception late in the game, which the Astros won, 27-16. “He is really fast, and to me, it’s harder to play off of a fast receiver,” Lester said. “So I decided to press him, get physical with him. I wasn’t nervous. I took it as a challenge, and I went out and did my thing.” Lester (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) has yet to receive his first offer, although he is being recruited by Auburn, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Florida and Mississippi State, where he ran the 40 in 4.4 seconds at the Bulldogs’ camp over the summer. He has been invited to take an unofficial visit to an Auburn home game this season. “I hope this gets me a little more attention and exposure,” Lester said. “[Smith] is a great player. Everybody has him ranked pretty high, but I think I did a pretty good job on him.”
Stephenson quarterback Carisseion “CC” Gilbert, projected as a running back/kick returner in college, says he has an interest in walking on at Georgia. The 5-foot-7, 180-pound senior, who has an offer from UAB, said the feeling was mutual. “Georgia has been talking to me about using me as an all-around athlete,” said Gilbert. “I’m very interested in going there. … maybe get to special teams and work my way up.” Gilbert said Mississippi State also is interested, but no offer has been made. Gilbert said he told UAB he had an interest in walking on at Georgia. He said he is still leaning toward committing to the UAB scholarship.
With No. 3 Georgia playing on the West Coast this weekend, Georgia Tech’s home game against Mississippi State will be front-and-center for many of the area’s top recruits. Flowery Branch defensive end Izaan Cross, Eastside quarterback Justin Wray and Salem offensive lineman Sam Watts are among the players who have indicated they plan to attend Saturday afternoon’s Georgia Tech-Mississippi State contest at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Cross, who has a scholarship offer from the Jackets, is considering several programs including Clemson and Tech. Wray, who has been offered by Central Florida, is eager to see if the Jackets will follow suit and do the same this weekend. “We’re just talking right now,” he said of his scholarship chances with Tech. Watts will cheer for the Bulldogs. He committed to Mississippi State during the summer. Milton running back Toney Williams, who committed to Tennessee in May, will travel to Knoxville on Saturday to watch the Volunteers host Florida. He’ll likely bump into Stephenson linebacker Nigel Mitchell-Thornton, a Tennessee commit who intends to drive to Neyland Stadium after his team returns home from Waycross early Saturday morning. Stephenson plays at Ware County Friday evening. Henry County quarterback Drew Little doesn’t have a visit scheduled this weekend, but he does plan to drop in on an ACC program next month. “Boston College is very interested in me,” he said. “I plan on visiting there in about four weeks.” Each player is a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150.