Mississippi State commitment preview

West Point's Aeris Williams will open his senior year tonight at South Panola.(Photo by Thomas Wells)

West Point’s Aeris Williams will open his senior season tonight against powerhouse South Panola. (Photo by Thomas Wells)

Logan Lowery of the Daily Journal previews the weekly games for Mississippi State’s current commitments.

The Bulldogs currently have 17 verbal commitments and its 2014 class is rated 32nd by 247Sports.com.

Logan Cooke, P, 6-5, 200, Columbia Academy (Columbia, Miss.)

Last Week: Cooke punted four times for 151 yards (37.7 avg.) and missed a 47-yard field goal. He also had three touchbacks on kickoffs and caught a pass for 27 yards in a 13-12 win over Bowling Green (La.).

This Week: Sylva Bay Academy (0-1) at Columbia Academy (1-0)

2013 Stats: Punts – 4 punts for 151 yards (37.7 avg.) Field Goals – 0-for-1 Kickoffs – three touchbacks Offense – one catch for 27 yards


Deshon Cooper, LB, 6-4, 215, Columbia (Decatur, Ga.)

This Week: Cedar Grove (0-1) at Columbia (0-0)

2012 Stats: Defense – 63 tackles; six sacks; four forced fumbles; two fumble recoveries


Lashard Durr, CB, 5-11, 180, Harrison Central (Gulfport, Miss.)

Last Week: Durr recorded two tackles and had a pass deflection. On offense, he carried three times for 39 yards and an 80-yard touchdown catch in a 21-7 win over Stone County

This Week: West Harrison (0-0) at Harrison Central (1-0)

2013 Stats: Defense – two tackles, one pass deflection Offense – three carries for 39 yards; one catch for 80 yards, one touchdown


Nick Fitzgerald, QB, 6-5, 205, Richmond Hill (Richmond Hill, Ga.)

This Week: Johnson (0-0) at Richmond Hill (0-0)

2012 Stats: Offense – 2-of-8 passing for 43 yards, one touchdown, one interception; 41 carries for 334 yards, six touchdowns; 18 catches for 321 yards, four touchdowns


Jamoral Graham, ATH, 5-11, 180, Newton County (Decatur, Miss.)

Last Week: Graham carried three times for 75 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 37 yards and another score. On defense he recorded seven tackles (four solo, three assists), two tackles for loss and returned a punt for three yards in a 47-14 win over Neshoba Central.

This Week: Southeast Lauderdale (1-0) at Newton County (1-0)

2013 Stats: Offense – three carries for 75 yards, one touchdown; two catches for 37 yards, one touchdown Defense – seven tackles (four solo, three assists), two tackles for loss Special Teams – one punt return for three yards


(2015) Donald Gray, WR, 5-9, 185, Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Wesson, Miss.)

This Week: Northeast Mississippi Community College (0-0) at Co-Lin (0-0)

2012 Stats: 48 catches for 1,023 yards, 15 touchdowns


Gerri Green, ATH, 6-5, 215, Greenville-Weston (Greenville, Miss.)

Last Week: Green recorded 18 tackles (seven solo, 11 assists), two tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass deflection. On offense he had a 1-yard touchdown catch and two carries for no yards. Green also returned two kickoffs for 12 yards in a 25-22 win over Indianola Gentry.

This Week: Greenville-Weston (1-0) at Clarksdale (0-1)

2013 Stats: Defense – 18 tackles (seven solo, 11 assists); two tackles for loss; one forced fumble; one fumble recovery; one pass deflection Offense – two carries for zero yards; one catch for one yard, one touchdown Special Teams – two kickoff returns for 12 yards


Jordan Harris, OG, 6-5, 292, Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.)

This Week: Norland (Fla.) (0-0) at Stephenson (0-0)

2012 Stats: N/A


Jocquell Johnson, OT, 6-6, 307, Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Wesson, Miss.)

This Week: Northeast Mississippi Community College (0-0) at Co-Lin (0-0)

2012 Stats: N/A


Tyler Jones, OG, 6-4, 270, Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.)

This Week: Norland (Fla.) (0-0) at Stephenson (0-0)

2012 Stats: N/A


Dontavian Lee, RB, 6-1, 207, Forrest County Agricultural (Brooklyn, Miss.)

This Week: Bassfield (1-0) at Forrest County (0-0)

2012 Stats: 6-of-6 passing for 76 yards, five touchdowns; 138 carries for 1,392 yards, 13 touchdowns; 11 catches for 244 yards, five touchdowns


Darius Liggins, DE, 6-4, 230, Oxford (Oxford, Miss.)

Last Week: Liggins recorded five tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass deflection in a 32-20 win over Jackson Prep.

This Week: Oxford (1-0) at Starkville (1-0)

2013 Stats: Defense – five tackles; one tackle for loss; one pass deflection


(2016) Jonathan Pollock, LB, 6-0, 205, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)

This Week: Dr. Phillips (0-0) at Timber Creek (0-1)

2013 Stats: Pollock recorded seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in a preseason game against Ocoee.


Norman Price, OT, 6-5, 308, Hinds Community College (Raymond, Miss.)

This Week: Hinds (0-0) at Mississippi Delta Community College (0-0)

2013 Stats: N/A


Chris Rayford, CB, 6-1, 200, Byhalia (Byhalia, Miss.)

Last Week: Rayford recorded five solo tackles. On offense he carries seven times for 138 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-8 win over Holly Springs.

This Week: Byhalia (1-0) at North Panola (0-1)

2013 Stats: Defense – five solo tackles Offense – seven carries for 138 yards, three touchdowns


Elijah Staley, QB, 6-6, 231, Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.)

Last Week: Staley completed 5-of-6 passing for 172 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-14 win over Sprayberry.

This Week: Open

2013 Stats: 5-of-6 passing for 172 yards, three touchdowns


Aeris Williams, RB, 6-1, 205, West Point (West Point, Miss.)

This Week: West Point (0-0) at South Panola (1-0)

2012 Stats: Offense – 268 carries for 1,519 yards, five touchdowns; six catches for 77 yards Special Teams – 12 kickoff returns for 220 yards; two punt returns for 65 yards

Paul Jones of Bulldawgs247.com contributed to this report.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. 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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