Recruiting: Shumpert Commits to Bulldogs

Mississippi State just picked up a huge verbal commitment this afternoon. Itawamba AHS tailback Ashton Shumpert made his pledge to the Bulldogs, ending a very long recruitment process. first reported Shumpert’s commitment.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder is coming off a stellar senior season in which he rushed for 1,796 yards and 25 touchdowns despite missing the first three games with illness. He was named the Daily Journal’s offensive player of the year.

Shumpert, a four-star prospect according to, is the 21st commitment of MSU’s 2013 class, and he’s the only running back. (West Bolivar tailback¬†Kailo Moore recently withdrew his MSU commitment.) Shumpert had several big-time offers, including Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss.

Signing day is Feb. 6.

I am the online content coordinator for I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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