RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: Not many recruiting battles remain, but drama persists



With the Egg Bowl behind us, we are now fully emerged into football recruiting season in Mississippi.

There are not many battles remaining. Mississippi State is taking a smaller class this cycle, and Ole Miss has seemingly finished up its recruiting of Mississippi prospects. However, in recruiting things are very fluid and usually change.

The one target left in Mississippi that appears to be headed to the SEC is weak-side defensive end Grant Harris, of Clinton, who appears to be headed to MSU as Ole Miss is still pursuing other options at the defensive line spot. There is sure to be some tugging back and forth between MSU and Ole Miss for prospects committed to each school. I expect some commits to each school will visit the other and cause rumors to fly down the stretch.

Good news came for both the Bulldogs and the Rebels this past week in the form of commitments.

Early in the week Dan Mullen secured a commitment from 2015 Bruce athlete Jay Johnson. Johnson is a big piece for MSU in the 2015 class as he brings versatility to the roster. He could end up at a variety of positions on the next level.

On Saturday, following an official visit that began on Thursday, Fahn Cooper, a junior college offensive tackle from the College of Dupage, committed to Hugh Freeze and staff. The addition of Cooper is significant to the Rebels as they will be replacing a right tackle in 2014 and Cooper has Division I experience as he played his first two seasons at Bowling Green. Cooper is a talent from the juco level that should be able to come in and compete immediately to fill that void at right tackle in Oxford.

The MHSAA State Championships in Jackson were this past weekend, and many big- time Mississippi prospects were on display.

Receivers Cameron Myers (Oak Grove) and Dontea Jones (Louisville), both members of the 2015 class, were victorious along with current MSU commit Dontavian Lee of Forrest County AHS and Ole Miss commits Alvin and Calvin Moore, twin brothers from Bassfield.

There was also not so good news from Jackson this week. Big time 2016 offensive line prospect Eli Johnson of Lafayette County suffered a knee injury. He will have an MRI today.

A prospect in Mississippi that has seen his stock rise lately is Leo Lewis, a 2015 linebacker out of Brookhaven. He was given an initial rating of four stars by 247sports and is expected to rise even more in future rankings. He holds offers from Ole Miss, MSU, LSU, Arkansas and Oregon State, with more on the way.

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

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