NCF On The Trail: Nikia Cathey



There are still a ton of prospects on the board for Big Ten teams, so conference recruiting reporters Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival take a look at the best and worst case scenarios remaining for each team.

Illinois
Best-case scenario: Illinois picked up an offensive line commit on Monday with Peter Cvijanovic (Great Barrington, Mass./East Coast Prep), which gives the Illini two offensive line commits. Despite having four wide receiver commits on board, it looks like the staff would take another receiver in this class.

Dontavian Lee says yes to MSU

May, 11, 2013
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Class of 2014 running back Dontavian Lee (Brooklyn, Miss./Forrest County Agricultural) committed Friday to sign with the in-state Mississippi State Bulldogs, multiple sources report.

Mississippi State is Lee's only scholarship offer at this time. Ole Miss and Southern Miss also recruited the 6-foot, 205-pound prospect.

Lee spoke with the Clarion-Ledger about his decision, citing a few major factors:

"She [Lee's mother] really liked [Mississippi State]. And I really liked it, too. My mom is a really big influence on me. Up there it feels like a family and I can really relate to everyone."

He continued, "Every top running back wants to play in the SEC. It's the top conference in America. For me to stay close to home, that's a plus, too."

Lee rushed for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns last season despite being sidelined for three contests.

He joins ESPN 150 athlete Jamoral Graham (Decatur, Miss./Newton County) and three-star receiver Nikia Cathey (Memphis, Tenn./Westwood) on Mississippi State's 2014 commit list.

ESPN 150 ATH Jamoral Graham commits

May, 7, 2013
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Mississippi State, quiet on the trail thus far in the 2014 class, added a big pledge Tuesday from ESPN 150 athlete Jamoral Graham (Decatur, Miss./Newton County), multiple sources report.

LSU, Ole Miss and Southern Miss also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect. Graham currently sits at No. 109 in the ESPN 150, is the nation's 15th best ATH, and Mississippi's fourth highest rated recruit.

ESPN calls Graham, "one of the more smooth and fluid skilled athletes this class has to offer... Can run with the fastest of receivers downfield. Has fluid change-of-direction skills that with further development could really propel him to the next level."

Graham rushed for 495 yards and six touchdowns and caught 24 passes for 464 yards and five more scores during his junior season.

He's commitment No. 2 for the Bulldogs. Three-star wide receiver Nikia Cathey (Memphis, Tenn./Westwood) kicked off their class in January.

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