By Paul Jones/Special to the Journal
Over the past week or so, Forrest County AHS running back Dontavian Lee has talked with his mom about his college future. On Friday afternoon the 2014 prospect shared those thoughts with Mississippi State and committed to the Bulldogs.
“I’ve been talking to my mom for about a week now and just decided I wanted to commit today,” said Lee. “Mississippi State is where I wanted to be so I told them today and they were pretty excited and have been wanting me to make this decision. I get to be a Bulldog and stay in that Maroon. I am already wearing that Maroon so I might as well stay in it for another four years.”
With his decision, Lee became MSU’s third commitment for the Class of 2014 and the second this week, joining 247Sports’ four-star prospect Jamoral Graham of Newton County (Miss.) High School.
Lee is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports with an 87 rating. He is also listed as the nation’s 34th-best running back prospect and the 13th-best prospect in the state of Mississippi via 247Composite.
Last season, despite missing three games due to injury, Lee rushed for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns and also showed good hands with 244 receiving yards and five more scores. He helped lead Forrest County AHS to an 11-2 mark and a berth in the Class 4A South State semifinals.
Since attending a couple of MSU junior days, Lee has continued to build a strong relationship with MSU assistant Tony Hughes and the rest of the Bulldog staff.
He made note of that factor on Friday.
“I really like Coach Hughes and he really cares about his players,” said Lee. “The whole staff cares about their players and that really stuck out to me. My family saw that, too, and were really glad of my decision.
“Their camp will be the only one I go to this summer and I am satisfied with my decision.
“It feels like a load is off my shoulders and it feels great to know I am going to the SEC.”
Lee took several unofficial visits to MSU this spring and also noted the Bulldogs were tops on his favorites list.
Lee also drew interest from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech and Lou-isiana-Monroe among others.