Mississippi State commitment preview

Chris Rayford is still hobbled by an ankle injury. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Chris Rayford is still hobbled by an ankle injury. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

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

The Bulldogs currently have 18 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 three times for 146 yards (48.6 avg.) and was 1-of-1 on field goal tries kicking a 46-yarder. He also had three touchbacks on kickoffs and had an extra point blocked. On offense, Cooke caught two passes for 37 yards in a 23-13 win over Ben’s Ford Christian (La.).

This Week: Columbia Academy (2-1) at Wayne Academy (0-3)

2013 Stats: Punts – 10 punts for 436 yards (43.6 avg.) Field Goals – 1-for-2 Extra Points – 3-of-5 Kickoffs – 11 touchbacks Offense – three catches for 64 yards


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

Last Week: Cooper made five tackles, three sacks and forced two fumbles. On offense, he caught one pass for 29 yards in a 60-0 win over McNair.

This Week: Stockbridge (2-0) at Columbia (1-1)

2013 Stats: Defense – five tackles; three sacks; two forced fumbles Offense – one catch for 29 yards.


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

Last Week: Bye

This Week: Greene County (2-1) at Harrison Central (2-0)

2013 Stats: Defense – five tackles, four pass deflections Offense – five carries for 68 yards; three catches for 126 yards, one touchdown


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

Last Week: Fitzgerald completed 4-of-6 passing for 104 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed four times for 138 yards and two more scores in a 28-6 win over Beach.

This Week: Savannah (0-2) at Richmond Hill (2-0)

2013 Stats: 4-of-10 passing for 104 yards, two touchdowns; 19 carries for 248 yards, four touchdowns


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

Last Week: Graham carried 11 times for 82 yards and caught two passes for 19 yards. On defense, he also made eight tackles (seven solo, one assist), one tackle for loss, one sack and two pass deflections. Graham also had two punt returns for 52 yards and a touchdown in a 33-21 win over Kosciusko.

This Week: Newton County (3-0) at Forest (1-2)

2013 Stats: Offense – 0-of-1 passing; 16 carries for 249 yards, two touchdowns; five catches for 72 yards, one touchdown Defense – 24 tackles (17 solo, seven assists); four tackles for loss; two sacks; one quarterback hurry; four pass deflections; one forced fumble  Special Teams – three punt returns for 55 yards, one touchdown


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

Last Week: Gray did not play in a 48-24 win over Northwest.

This Week: Co-Lin (2-0) at East Central Community College (0-2)

2013 Stats: Gray is sitting out this season with a redshirt.


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

Last Week: Green five tackles (three solo, two assists) and had a pass deflection before being ejected in the first quarter in a 32-14 loss to Grenada.

This Week: Greenwood (2-1) at Greenville-Weston (1-2)

2013 Stats: Defense – 36 tackles (17 solo, 19 assists); two tackles for loss; one forced fumble; one fumble recovery; four pass deflections Offense – five carries for five yards; four catches for 50 yards, two touchdowns Special Teams – two kickoff returns for 12 yards


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

Last Week: Harris and the Jaguars won 46-7 over Arabia Mountain

This Week: Stephenson (2-0) at Dunwoody (0-2)

2013 Stats: N/A


Braxton Hoyett, DT, 6-3, 275, Pelham (Pelham, Ala.)

Last Week: Hoyett made three tackles (two solo, one assist), two tackles for loss, two sacks, two quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery in a 16-10 win over Stanhope Elmore.

This Week: Pelham (2-0) at Thompson (2-0)

2013 Stats: Five tackles (four solo, one assist); three tackles for loss; six quarterback hurries; two sacks; one fumble recovery


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

Last Week: Johnson and the Wolfpack won 48-24 over Northwest.

This Week: Co-Lin (2-0) at East Central Community College (0-2)

2013 Stats: N/A


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

Last Week: Jones and the Jaguars won 46-7 over Arabia Mountain

This Week: Stephenson (2-0) at Dunwoody (0-2)

2013 Stats: N/A


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

Last Week: Lee carried 18 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns and caught one pass for 19 yards. He also had a 34-yard kickoff return in a 34-33 win over Stone County.

This Week: Forrest County (1-1) at Magee (3-0)

2013 Stats: 31 carries for 133 yards, two touchdowns; three catches for 59 yards, one touchdown; one kickoff return for 34 yards


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

Last Week: Liggins recorded two solo tackles and a tackle for loss in a 37-6 win over East Side.

This Week: Oxford (3-0) at Lafayette (2-1)

2013 Stats: Defense – 19 tackles (nine solo, 10 assists); two tackles for loss; two pass deflections


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

Last Week: Pollock had eight tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack in a 21-6 win over Olympia.

This Week: Seminole (1-1) at Dr. Phillips (2-0)

2013 Stats: 19 tackles; five tackles for loss; one sack


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

Last Week: Price and the Eagles defeated Coahoma 55-20.

This Week: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (2-0) at Hinds (2-0)

2013 Stats: N/A


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

Last Week: Rayford recorded three tackles in a 23-6 loss to Center Hill.

This Week: Byhalia (1-2) at Southwind (1-2)

2013 Stats: Defense – 10 tackles Offense – nine carries for 143 yards, three touchdowns


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

Last Week: Staley completed 15-of-23 passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed five times for 86 yards and two more scores in a 59-20 win over Pope.

This Week: Hughes (1-1) at Wheeler (2-0)

2013 Stats: 20-of-29 passing for 449 yards, six touchdowns; five carries for 86 yards, two touchdowns


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

Last Week: Williams carried 25 times for 258 yards and one touchdown and caught two passes for 14 yards and another score. He also returned two kickoffs for 48 yards in a 55-33 win over Starkville.

This Week: Columbus (1-1) at West Point (1-1)

2013 Stats: Offense – 57 carries for 452 yards, five touchdowns; seven catches for 48 yards Special Teams – six kickoff returns for 99 yards

Paul Jones of Bulldawgs247.com contributed to this report

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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