Recruiting’s crazy season would, in most years, already be in effect. However, a new dead period this year, following national all-star games earlier this month, has altered that timeline. However, we have reached the final quiet days in the 2014 recruiting cycle. Beginning Thursday, I expect quite the ride up until National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
The Mississippi State staff has narrowed its focus with just precious few spots left for the 2014 class. However, with just weeks left before the big day for signing letters of intent, Hugh Freeze and his staff are still shuffling around the numbers.
The Rebels are still looking to add a defensive lineman, a defensive back (likely a cornerback) and an offensive lineman. They could add a fourth player and even up to a sixth. While that is old news, there have been new names pop up and some old names re-surface at those positions.
For the offensive line spot, it appears to be OG Jordan Sims of Homewood, Ala., or center/OG Sean Rawlings of Madison, with other names still in the mix.
There are a few names still in play for the defensive line spot, but the Rebels will see DE Genard Avery of Grenada immediately following the dead period, and he is a guy to remember. DE Davon Godchaux of Plaque-mine, La., and DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, Ga., are also names to keep an eye on for that spot.
An old name has re-appeared on the defensive backs’ board, as Shattle Fenteng will visit Ole Miss on Jan. 24, the Rebels’ biggest official visit weekend. Fenteng spent the Christmas holidays with the Nkemdiches, his old high school teammates.
As for the other spots, Ole Miss will take the best available regardless of position, and RB Bo Scarbrough of Bradenton, Fla., is a guy the coaches will visit on Thursday.
Bulldogs on trail
Mississippi State is still hot and heavy after the likes of DT Taylor Stallworth of Mobile, Ala., DE Grant Harris of Clinton, DE Cory Thomas of McCalla, Ala., TE Darrion Hutcherson of Copiah-Lincoln CC, ATH JT Gray of Clarksdale and OG Jervontius Stallings of Hoover, Ala.
MSU commit and former West Point running back Aeris Williams has been named Mississippi’s 2013 Mr. Football by the Clarion Ledger.
However, not all news was good news last week for MSU as a big piece to MSU’s hot start for the 2015 recruiting cycle, defensive tackle T.D. Moton of Shreveport, La., decommitted on Friday. MSU should remain in the game for him, however.
Bruce’s 2015 MSU commit, athlete Jay Johnson, was offered by Ole Miss recently. This is significant as it appears there is an in-state battle already heating up in the 2015 class. It should be a good one in Mississippi, but that’s for another day.
John Luke McCord is a free lance recruiting writer for The Daily Journal and Rebels247.