Following the future at MSU

Each week the Daily Journal will preview the weekly games of Mississippi State’s football commitments.

The Bulldogs currently have 24 verbal commitments and their 2017 class is rated 21st nationally by

2017 Commitments

Lee Autry lee autry 16

Position: Defensive tackle

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 310

School/ Hometown: Itawamba (Miss.) Community College/ Albermarle, N.C. 

Last week: Autry made three tackles (two solo, one assist), one tackle for loss, one sack and one pass breakup in a 44-42 loss to East Mississippi.

This week: Itawamba (2-2) at Pearl River Community College (1-3)

2016 stats: nine tackles (five solo, four assists); two pass deflections; 1.5 tackle for loss; one sack


Tommy Championtommy champion

Position: Offensive tackle

Height/ Weight: 6-5, 320

School/ Hometown: Copiah-Lincoln Community College/ Jackson

Last week: Champion and the Wolfpack won 27-22 over Jones County. 

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

2016 stats: N/A


Tyler Dunningtyler dunning 2

Position: Linebacker

Height/ Weight: 6-0, 229

School/ Hometown: St. Thomas Aquinas/ Fort Lauderdale , Fla.

Last week: Dunning did not play in a 42-0 win over Hallandale. 

This week: St. Thomas Aquinas (3-1) at Bishop Gorman [Nev.] (5-0)

2016 stats: Defense: 11 tackles; one tackle for loss; one sack


Paul Gainerpaul gainer

Position: Offensive guard

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 275

School/ Hometown: Gautier/ Gautier

Last Week: Gainer and the Gators lost 62-38 at Picayune. 

This week: Gautier (1-4) at Pearl River Central (2-3) 

2016 stats: Defense: two assisted tackles


Landon Guidrylandon guidry 2

Position: Safety

Height/ Weight: 6-1, 185

School/ Hometown: Independence/ Thompson’s Station, Tenn.

Last week: Open

This week: Stewarts Creek (4-2) at Independence 5-0

2016 stats: Rushing: 17 carries for 83 yards, three touchdowns Receiving: 21 catches for 387 yards, two touchdowns Defense: 21 tackles (17 solo, four assists), one fumble recovery, one tackle for loss, one sack two interceptions – one returned for a touchdown, one punt block Kickoff return: one return for 27 yards


Kylin Hillkylin hill 2

Position: Running back

Height/ Weight: 5-11, 210

School/ Hometown: Columbus/ Columbus

Last week: Hill carried 12 times for 239 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a 46-yard touchdown pass in a 59-13 win at DeSoto Central.

This week: Tupelo (5-0) at Columbus (3-2) 

2016 stats: Rushing: 58 carries for 518 yards, six touchdowns Receiving: four catches for 114 yards, one touchdown Punt returns: one return for 77 yards, one touchdown Kickoff returns: one return for 90 yards, one touchdown


Monterio HuntMonterio-Hunt-2

Position: Wide receiver

Height/ Weight: 6-1, 185

School/ Hometown: Walnut/ Walnut

Last week: Hunt carried 11 times for for 67 yards and caught one pass for 30 yards. Defensively, he made five tackles and two interceptions in a 14-0 loss at Benton County.

This week: Walnut (4-2) at Mantachie (1-5)

2016 stats: Rushing: 46 carries for 420 yards, three touchdowns Receiving: 18 catches for 368 yards, three touchdowns Defense: 16 tackles; three interceptions Punt returns: one return for 65 yards, one touchdown


James Jacksonjames jackson

Position: Defensive tackle

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 345

School/ Hometown: Pascagoula/ Pascagoula

Last week: Jackson made one solo tackle and one tackle for loss in a 30-14 win over Long Beach. 

This week: Pascagoula (2-3) at Stone County (4-1)

2016 stats: Defense: 11 tackles; two tackles for loss


Deandre Johnsondeandre johnson

Position: Defensive end

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 239

School/ Hometown: Miami Southridge/ Miami, Fla.

Last week: Johnson made two tackles and two tackles for loss in a 18-0 loss to Carol City.

This week: South Dade (1-4) at Southridge (3-2)  

2016 stats: Defense: 14 tackles; 6.5 tackles for loss; 2.5 sacks; one forced fumble


Aaron Odomaaron odom 2

Position: Defensive end

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 265

School/ Hometown: Callaway/ Jackson

Last week: Odom made seven tackles in a 30-6 loss at Starkville. 

This week: Callaway (5-1) at Clinton (5-0)

2016 stats: Defense: 81 tackles; 20.5 tackles for loss; 13.5 sacks; three forced fumbles; one fumble recovery for a touchdown; one safety; one pass deflection


Kaleb Oliverkaleb oliver 2

Position: Safety

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 190

School/ Hometown: Oakland/ Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Last week: Oliver caught a 12-yard touchdown pass. Defensively, he made six tackles (two solo, four assists), one tackle for loss and blocked a field goal in a 62-0 win at Coffee County Central.

This week: Warren County (1-4) at Oakland (5-0) 

2016 stats: Receiving: one catch for 12 yards, one touchdown Defense: 33 tackles (18 solo, 15 assists); 5.5 tackles for loss; one forced fumble; one sack; one blocked field goal


Tyre PhillipsTYRE PHILLIPS 16

Position: Offensive tackle

Height/ Weight: 6-6, 335

School/ Hometown: East Mississippi Community College/ Grenada

Last week: Phillips and the Lions won 44-42 at Itawamba.

This week: Mississippi Delta (1-3) at EMCC (3-1) 

2016 stats: N/A


Ravian Pierceravian pierce

Position: Tight end

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 225

School/ Hometown: Southwest Mississippi Community College/ Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Last week: Pierce caught eight passes for 49 yards. He also returned two kickoffs for 48 yards in a 55-30 loss to Northeast Mississippi. 

This week: Southwest (1-3) at Jones County Junior College (3-1)

2016 stats: Receiving: 24 catches for 204 yards Kickoff returns: three returns for 61 yards


Deion Popedeion pope mug

Position: Defensive tackle

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 280

School/ Hometown: Copiah-Lincoln Community College/ Collins

Last week: Pope made three solo tackles in a 27-22 win over Jones County. 

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

2016 stats: Defense: 20 tackles (17 solo, three assists); six tackles for loss; one forced fumble


Montravious Richardsonmontravious-richardson

Position: Offensive tackle

Height/ Weight: 6-7, 300

School/ Hometown: Westover/ Albany, Ga.

Last week: Richardson and the Patriots won 23-20 over Carver. 

This week: Westover (3-2) at Hardaway (3-1)

2016 stats: N/A



Position: Offensive tackle

Height/ Weight: 6-6, 285

School/ Hometown: Fletcher/ Neptune Beach, Fla.

Last week: Suggs and the Senators won 54-21 over Westside. 

This week: First Coast (2-2) at Fletcher (5-0)

2016 stats: N/A


Montez Sweat07.07.14_MSU FTBL HEADSHOTS

Position: Defensive end

Height/ Weight: 6-6, 250

School/ Hometown: Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College/ Stone Mountain, Ga.

Last week: Sweat made 12 tackles (10 solo, two assists) and recovered a fumble in a 27-22 win over Jones County.

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

2016 stats: Defense: 21 tackles; two tackles for loss; two sacks; one forced fumble; one fumble recovery


Keytaon Thompsonkeytaon thompson 16

Position: Quarterback 

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 225

School/ Hometown: Landry-Walker/ New Orleans, La. 

Last week: Thompson completed 10 of 18 passes for 332 yards and five touchdowns. He also carried twice for 19 yards in a 40-10 win over Chalmette. 

This week: Bonnabel (0-4) at Landry-Walker (2-2) 

2016 stats: Passing: 53 of 90 passing for 921 yards, 11 touchdowns, one interception Rushing: 55 carries for 407 yards, six touchdowns


Austin Williamsaustin williams 2

Position: Wide receiver

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 202

School/ Hometown: Ocean Springs/ Ocean Springs

Last week: Williams carried twice for seven yards and caught seven passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff for 12 yards in a 36-35 win at Hancock. 

This week: D’Iberville (3-2) at Ocean Springs (4-1)

2016 stats: Rushing: four carries for four yards Receiving: 17 catches for 331 yards, six touchdowns Defense: one tackle Kickoff returns: four returns for 67 yards


Tyler WilliamsPhoto ©Joey Brent

Position: Cornerback

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 175

School/ Hometown: Lafayette/ Oxford

Last week: Williams caught two passes for 38 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, he made three solo tackles and one pass deflection in a 34-21 win over Charleston.

This week: Lafayette (3-2) at Ripley (3-2)

2016 stats: Receiving: 15 catches for 332 yards, five touchdowns Defense: 22 tackles (18 solo, four assists); one interception; five pass deflections; one tackle for loss

2018 Commitments

Emmit Goodenemmit gooden 16

Position: Defensive tackle

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 280

School/ Hometown: Independence (Kan.) Community College/ Brownsville, Tenn.

Last week: Gooden and the Pirates won 27-24 over Iowa Central.

This week: Dodge City (4-1) at Independence (1-2) 

2016 stats: Defense: three assisted tackles


Malik Heathmalik heath 2

Position: Wide receiver

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 194

School/ Hometown: Callaway/ Jackson

Last week: Heath and the Chargers lost 30-6 at Starkville. 

This week: Callaway (5-1) at Clinton (5-0)

2016 stats: Receiving: 18 catches for 539 yards, four touchdowns Defense: three interceptions


Marcus Murphymarcus murphy

Position: Athlete

Height/ Weight: 6-1, 190

School/ Hometown: West Point/ West Point

Last week: Murphy carried 18 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught one pass for three yards in a 22-8 win over Oxford.

This week: West Point (4-1) at Clarksdale (5-1)

2016 stats: Rushing: 70 carries for 526 yards, seven touchdowns Receiving: five catches for 49 yards Kickoff return: one return for 10 yards


Drelan Porterdrelan porter 16

Position: Defensive end

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 210

School/ Hometown: Coahoma Community College/ Batesville

2016 stats: Porter is not playing football this season.

(Paul Jones of 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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