RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: Classes beginning to fill out

JOHN LUKE McCORD

JOHN LUKE McCORD

With all-star games in the rear view mirror, recruiting now moves towards official visit season. In the middle and late parts of January, there’s certain to be shuffling of visits and the flips of commitment that come with those visits.

Speaking of commitment switches, longtime Ole Miss commitment Jamiyus Pittman of Moultrie, Ga., flipped to UCF over the weekend, choosing the Knights over a greyshirt offer from the Rebels.

Another longtime Ole Miss commitment, Breeland Speaks of Jackson, was offered by his childhood favorite, LSU, after the Tigers recently missed on a big target. It could get interesting for Speaks down the stretch, but the early thought is that he will stick with the Rebels.

After Jamal Adams and Laurence “Hootie” Jones announced for LSU and Alabama respectively this past weekend, Ole Miss is still trying to add a defensive back for the 2014 class. In fact, Ole Miss would ideally like to add four more players in the class – a defensive linemen (pass rusher), a defensive back, an offensive lineman and a best available prospect at any position.

Neither Mississippi State nor Ole Miss received commitments from recent all-star games, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t making moves.

MSU punter commitment Logan Cooke (Columbia) was putting in work on former Ole Miss tight end commit Sammie Epps of Greenwood at the Offense/Defense All-American bowl this past week.

Since Epps’ decommitment from the Rebels recently, it has been no secret that Mississippi State and Auburn have been trying to get in the door. While it appears both teams have arrived to the party, it appears Ole Miss is trending again with the athletic tight end. It looks like Epps will eventually stay true to his original commitment.

It appears that Mississippi State has its focus is down to a small group of players to finish out its 2014 class.

The defensive linemen left on the board are Grant Harris of Clinton, Cory Thomas of McCalla, Ala., and Taylor Stallworth of Mobile, Ala. The Bulldogs are still recruiting Co-Lin CC tight end Darrion Hutcherson as well, an Auburn signee out of high school.

Safety J.T. Gray of Clarksdale, WR Marcus Green of North Pontotoc and Epps are also still on the board for the Bulldogs, and each of those three prospects could end up at multiple positions at the next level.

John Luke McCord, from Tupelo, is a freelance recruiting writer for the Daily Journal and Rebels247. His column will appear though National Signing Day in February.