RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: College football recruiting’s big day looms

JOHN LUKE McCORD

JOHN LUKE McCORD

All but the finishing touches remain for coaches Dan Mullen and Hugh Freeze. The time for visits has come and gone, and Wednesday’s national signing day is all that stands between them and the culmination of the 2014 football signing class.

While today and Tuesday are technically “dead period” days leading up to Wednesday, I don’t expect them to be completely quiet.

Mullen and his Mississippi State staff spent their final weekend hosting recruits on campus. The Bulldogs had a handful of big-time targets left on the board in town over the weekend. MSU also was able to garner some new commitments.

Here are the guys MSU added to its commitment list on the final weekend: Defensive back J.T. Gray of Clarksdale, a participant in the 2013 Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic; offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins, a high school teammate of Gray’s; and Holmes CC DB Tee Shepard, a former 5-star recruit out of high school in the 2012 class who signed with Notre Dame.

Defensive linemen Marcus Griffin of Bellevue, Wash., and O.J. Smith of Bossier City, La., were also on campus, and MSU will be a factor for both.

While DL Grant Harris of Clinton was not on campus for the final weekend, he is another name to keep in mind with signing day close.

Meanwhile, the last weekend before signing day was very different in Oxford. Freeze and staff were hosting their first junior day of 2014, with the focus on the 2015 and 2016 classes.

Two of the Rebels’ remaining targets for the 2014 class were on other campuses over the weekend. Those targets include DT Michael Sawyers of Nashville, who took a last-minute visit to Tennessee, and athlete Isaiah McKenzie of Plantation City, Fla., who took a visit to Virginia Tech, his childhood favorite.

OL Jordan Sims of Homewood, Ala., DB Terrence Alexander of New Orleans and athlete Dacorius Law of Haines City, Fla., all spent the weekend at home, and the Rebels like their chances with all three this week. Law and Alexander have expressed their intentions to announce on signing day. Sims could pull the trigger at any moment.

Ole Miss TE commit Charles Standberry of Montgomery, Ala., flipped his commitment to the University of Louisville on Saturday after his weekend official visit with the Cardinals.

John Luke McCord, from Tupelo, is a freelance recruiting writer for the Daily Journal and Rebels247.