NCF On The Trail: Mississippi State football

Deshon Cooper says yes to Bulldogs

June, 27, 2013
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Mississippi State has secured a pledge from outside linebacker Deshon Cooper (Decatur, Ga./Columbia), according to multiple reports.

Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Rutgers, South Florida, Vanderbilt and West Virginia were the other BCS schools to offer the 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect. Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Tennessee expressed interest.

Charlotte, East Carolina, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall and Middle Tennessee offered from the non-BCS and FCS ranks.

Cooper is commitment No. 13 for the Bulldogs.

Watch List QB Luke Ward stays patient 

April, 15, 2013
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – ESPN Watch List quarterback Luke Ward (Decaturville, Tenn./Riverside) struggled with accuracy and interceptions as a junior, but took a step on Sunday toward improvement as a senior.

Ward said he threw the football well in his first such event since last summer on Sunday at the Nike Football Training Camp in Memphis. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect for the Class of 2014 threw for 1,411 yards and 13 touchdowns in 10 games as a junior.

He awaits his first scholarship offer.

DE Jones sticks with Mississippi State 

February, 6, 2013
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Defensive end Chris Jones of Houston, Miss., No. 46 in the ESPN 150, stayed true to his longtime commitment to Mississippi State, announcing on Wednesday that he had signed with the Bulldogs.

Jones, who surged into the national spotlight after a breakout senior season and a starring role at several postseason events, took a hard look at Ole Miss late in the process.

-- Mitch Sherman

What is the impact of Jones' decision?

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DE Chris Jones aims to be 'the best' 

December, 30, 2012
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Nos. 1 and 2 prospects nationally, Robert Nkemdiche and Carl Lawson, both play defensive end.


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