MSU NOTEBOOK: Bulldogs pick up two more commits

8TB6_MSU_primary_logoBy Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State has enjoyed quite a week on the recruiting front.

The Bulldogs have landed five commitments since Wednesday including three Thursday and one Friday.

Clay-Chalkville (Ala.) three star defensive end Kendell Jones completed the trio of commitments on Thursday choosing the Bulldogs over offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, N.C. State, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy and Western Kentucky.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder helped lead the Cougars to a 10-2 record and into the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.

MSU added its 17th commitment for the 2015 class as three-star offensive lineman Harrison Moon made his decision Friday morning.

Moon, of Signal Mountain High School, is the 22nd rated prospect in Tennessee and the No. 23 tight end recruit in the country by 247Sports.com although he projects as a tackle at the next level.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder caught five passes for 100 yards last season as the Eagles went 8-4 and advanced to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Moon picked the Bulldogs over scholarships from UT-Chattanooga, Georgia Tech and South Florida.

The latest rush of commitments has pushed State’s 2015 class to No. 8 nationally according to 247Sports.com.

Early enrollees

While the Bulldogs were busy adding to its future classes, 14 of its signees from the 2014 class were enrolling in classes at the university and beginning summer workouts.

Quarterback Elijah Staley (Marietta, Ga.), running backs Dontavian Lee (Forrest County AHS) and Aeris Williams (West Point), wide receiver Jesse Jackson (Petal), offensive linemen Deion Calhoun (Pleasant Grove, Ala.) and Elgton Jenkins (Clarksdale) were all admitted on the offensive side of the ball.

Defensive early enrollees include defensive tackles Grant Harris (Clinton), Braxton Hoyett (Pelham, Ala.) and Cory Thomas (Bessemer, Ala.), linebacker Gerri Green (Greenville-Weston), cornerback Chris Rayford (Byhalia) and safeties Brandon Bryant (Rosa Fort) and J.T. Gray (Clarksdale).

Staley will also play basketball for the Bulldogs.

Juco offensive line transfer Jocquell Johnson along with early high school graduate and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald both enrolled at MSU in January and participated in spring drills.

The Bulldogs now await the enrollment of the final seven members of the 2014 class.

Record ticket sales

State has set a new record for season ticket sales having sold 44,230 as of Friday, breaking the 2012 mark of 44,212.

“It is an exciting time for our football program and Bulldog fans,” said MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin. “There is a lot of anticipation as we draw closer to the grand opening of the Davis Wade Stadium expansion. Fans still have an opportunity to purchase season tickets and help create the special environment we have here on gameday.”

The new expansion will increase the capacity of Davis Wade Stadium to 61,337.

The Bulldogs have sold out 30 consecutive home games heading into its Aug. 30 opener against Southern Miss.

logan.lowery@journalinc.com