NCF On The Trail: Mississippi State Bulldogs

SEC's top recruiting visits 

November, 21, 2014
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There aren't a ton of big games on the schedule this week in the SEC but there are still a few key prospects taking visits. Here is a closer look at a few games that are expected to bring in visitors this weekend.

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ESPN Jr. 300: What to know in the SEC 

November, 19, 2014
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The SEC already has five commitments from players ranked in the top 25 of the ESPN Junior 300. That list includes Greg Little, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2016 and a Texas A&M commit. As a whole, the SEC has 27 commitments in the updated ESPN Junior 300. Here’s a closer look at the updated rankings.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

November, 18, 2014
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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference. Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced he will step down from his position at the end of the season, there were key visits and new offers over the weekend. Here's a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.


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Despite being the No. 1 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, Mississippi State is still viewed by many as a Cinderella team, a team that has had a special season but will probably return to the pack. The Bulldogs, however, are trying to prove they're here to stay.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

November, 11, 2014
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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference this weekend. There was a big commitment, there were key visits, new offers and an ESPN 300 offensive lineman is almost set to announce his decision. Here’s a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.


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Best of the visits: SEC

November, 9, 2014
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From Alabama’s big 20-13 come-from-behind win over LSU Saturday night to Texas A&M’s big win over Auburn Saturday afternoon, there were some incredible games for recruits to watch this weekend. Some prospects attended the games while others watched on television and used social media as a platform to share their experiences. Here's a look at some of the top social media posts from the weekend:

ESPN 300 guard Matt Burrell Jr. tweeted out a few photos of him during his time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for his official visit to LSU.
LSU commit Kevin Toliver II, who has visited other schools, used his official visit this week to attend the LSU-Alabama game. The five-star cornerback tweeted a picture of his visit itinerary he received when he arrived on campus. Auburn commit D'Anfernee McGriff has been working hard on flipping his friend and fellow Tallahassee, Florida, native John Burt. The four-star Burt took his second visit to Auburn this weekend. Former Florida linebacker commit Adonis Thomas backed off his pledge to the Gators after Florida lost to Missouri earlier in the year. The ESPN 300 took a visit to LSU this weekend and likes the Tigers along with Alabama and Florida. He tweeted out his thoughts on how a few of the games played out on Saturday. Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson took an official visit to LSU this weekend. He shared a photo of LSU's white uniform. ESPN Junior 300 linebacker Michael Divinity shared a photo of himself on the field before the LSU-Alabama game on Saturday night. 2017 athlete Jamyest Williams tweeted a photo from the Mississippi State-Tennessee Martin game.
ESPN 300 inside linebacker Leo Lewis was presented with his Under Armour All-America Game jersey Friday afternoon in a ceremony sponsored by American Family Insurance. The ceremony took place in front of family, friends, teammates, classmates and school faculty on the campus of Brookhaven High in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

A dream of playing in the Under Armour All-America Game has now become reality for the hard-hitting linebacker.

“It’s a blessing,” Lewis said. “Beyond a blessing. To be in this game with the best players in the country and test myself against the best players in the country is a blessing. To be able to go represent my coaches and school is a great feeling,”

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"College GameDay" will be at Michigan State this weekend, and so will a lot of high-profile recruits such as Ricky DeBerry and Quarte Sapp. Plus, Michigan running back commit Mike Weber is getting closer to lining up his official visits, including trips to the Wolverines' biggest rivals.

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Mississippi State gets a win on the field and lands a highly ranked commitment. This has been a theme during the Bulldogs' run to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff Rankings this season, and this weekend was more of the same with Dan Mullen and staff picking up a second ESPN Jr 300 pledge. In-state safety Zaire Jones joins New Orleans running back Tre Turner as the early headliners for the Bulldogs' class of 2016.


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SEC's top recruiting visits 

October, 31, 2014
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There are once again some big games around the SEC this weekend. The Auburn at Ole Miss game looks to be loaded with big-time visitors. Mississippi State is trying to capitalize on its success by bringing in several recruits for its game against Arkansas and Vanderbilt is hoping to build some momentum against Old Dominion. The Florida-Georgia game will be watched by many recruits but because its a neutral site game both teams have agreed not to allow visitors for the game. Here’s a closer look at some of the top visitors in the SEC this weekend.

Auburn at Ole Miss

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After a tough loss to LSU last weekend, Ole Miss is hoping to rebound with a big win over Auburn on Saturday. The Rebels will have several recruits in attendance including running back commit Eric Swinney, offensive line commit Drew Richmond, who has visited Tennessee recently, and ESPN 300 safety Cam Ordway. The 164th-ranked prospect in the country Josh McMillon is also expected to attend.

Former 2016 Arizona quarterback commit Shea Patterson will be making his third unofficial visit to Ole Miss. Patterson is the 35th-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300. Patterson will be joined by an ESPN Junior 300 wide receiver Mykel Jones. Junior offensive tackle Javious Bardney, who already has offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State and safety Donte Vaughn are also expected to attend the game.


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Factors outside of football are going to be key to Florida’s pursuit of five-star offensive tackle Martez Ivey. Plus, there are so many elite players in the West still on the board that sometimes fans forget about other ESPN 300 prospects like Zach Robertson.

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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

October, 28, 2014
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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference. There were a few big commitments, key visits and new offers over the weekend. Here’s a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the SEC.


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#AskLoogs: Keith Mixon's ranking

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Want to ask ESPN RecruitingNation senior analyst Tom Luginbill a question about your team? Tweet it to @TomLuginbill using the hashtag #AskLoogs.

Statistically it would be easy to say yes, but there is more involved than that. Keith Mixon’s stature is limiting as a true running back or load-carrier, and he would be more of a utility/scatback-type at the next level of play. We see a productive player, but one who lacks game-breaking speed and size and is quicker than he is fast. To make a comparative analysis he would be similar to Jameon Lewis, but not as fast or big in terms of bulk. Our biggest concern is a lack of a second gear when he get into the open field, especially given his size. This is where we question how he would stack up with other Power 5-caliber prospects.
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ESPN 300 offensive guard Darryl Williams is the latest prospect to join Mississippi State's impressive 2015 class. Read on to see how Williams fits coach Dan Mullen's plans:


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ESPN 300: Five things to know in the SEC 

October, 22, 2014
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The SEC has an impressive 89 committed prospects in the updated ESPN 300 rankings. While the SEC West has been dominant on the field, 13 of the 14 SEC schools are ranked in the top 40 of the RecruitingNation class rankings. Here’s a closer look at five things to know in the SEC from the new recruiting rankings.


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