• #1 by jbcarol on 04 Feb 2016
  • Cronin: Simmons saves signing day for Mississippi State

    Less than 24 hours before national signing day, Mississippi State was shaping up for a disastrous stumble to the finish line.

    In back-to-back days, two of the state's top recruits opted to play college football outside of Mississippi. If losing four-star Germantown cornerback Nigel Knott to the Crimson Tide wasn't enough, Mississippi State suffered an even bigger gut punch when four-star West Point offensive tackle Scott Lashley slipped out of its backyard and into the grasp of Alabama, and South Carolina commit offensive guard Lloyd Cushenberry flipped to LSU, not MSU, on signing day.

    As the national letters of intent filtered through on Wednesday, Mississippi State caught a glimmer of hope when four-star Starkville defensive tackle Kobe Jones decided to stay home and play for the Bulldogs. And in what seemed like an instant, the tone on Twitter among fans turned from calling for Dan Mullen and his staff to clear out of the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex to that of praise for the Bulldogs' recruiting efforts in the eleventh hour.

    Mississippi State found its way out of a deep hole by nabbing the state's top ranked player in five-star defensive end Jeffery Simmons. The Noxubee County product chose MSU over Ole Miss, Alabama and Tennessee and saved signing day for the Bulldogs.

    For weeks it looked like Simmons would end up in Oxford...

    State finished 2016 with the 31st-best class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. It wasn't the best finish under Mullen (which happened last year when MSU finished 18th) or the worst (the Bulldogs had the 35th best classes in 2011 and 2014), but landing a five-star prospect, two four-star recruits in Jones and Greenwood defensive end Marquiss Spencer along with 15 three-star guys is a strong way to finish a rough stretch.

    MSU is overjoyed right now and should celebrate its win with Simmons, but the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder isn't the answer for everything.

    State entered the recruiting period in January in the race for six of Mississippi's uncommitted or wavering prospects (Simmons, Jones, Knott, Lashley, Raekwon Davis and A.J. Brown). Ole Miss ended up with five of Mississippi's top 10 players, Alabama with three and Mississippi State with two. With as much emphasis as Mississippi State puts on recruiting it's home state, not being able to seal the deal in its backyard with Lashley and Brown is alarming, but Mullen says he won't be haunted by those he missed.

    "I guess in the end, youre going to win some and youre going to lose some," Mullen said. "The part to me that I look is most important is you get the guys that are right for you. The guys that fit your program and for us, that want to be developed, that want to be coached hard, want to be much better players when they leave than when they came."

    Could things have gone better for Mississippi State? Sure, and going forward, the Bulldogs have to bring their recruiting strategy into discussion. Would it have been different had Tony Hughes, Manny Diaz and Deshea Townsend not left within the six weeks leading up to signing day? Most likely, but MSU could have avoided this last minute uncertainty by pushing for a commitment from Jones earlier and have him and another player serve as pillars to this class in order to help lock up other commits earlier than national signing day.

    Recruiting battles will wear on until the very end some years, but having this many late in the game may also be the sign of a bigger problem...
  • #2 by jbcarol on 04 Feb 2016
  • Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 9h9 hours ago

    Dan Mullen resurrects MSU's recruiting momentum ending a stretch where nothing went well.

    At 11:37 a.m. the woman at the front desk screamed out Wooooo! The thick walls weren't enough to muffle the deeper roars from inside the coachs office. Simmons, a five-star defensive end from Macon, chose Mississippi State.

    It was a lot of excitement, coach Dan Mullen said. Like I said, he was a guy that we had up at No. 1 for us all along.

    Mullen sprayed silly string in the air. His staff clapped in celebration. His wife, Megan, wiped tears from her eyes. Mullen eventually embraced David Turner, who took over the lead recruiting role on Simmons once Tony Hughes went to Jackson State.

    Emotion got the best of the defensive line coach as tears formed in his eyes, too.

    The celebration encompassed more than Simmons addition. It let out an exhale after Mississippi State lost three assistant coaches, three targets to Alabama and the top player in Starkville to Ole Miss since the beginning of the new year.

    Its tough to compete with everybody, Mullen said. Youre talking about the best conference in all of college football. Youve got some great teams, some great programs.
  • #3 by jbcarol on 04 Feb 2016
  • Chris Low ‏@ClowESPN 19h19 hours ago

    First, there was stunned silence, and then there was a mass exodus from Ole Miss' war room after Jeffery Simmons announced for Miss. State.
  • #4 by jbcarol on 05 Feb 2016
  • The Clarion-Ledger ‏@clarionledger 11h11 hours ago

    MSU's System: Transforming 3-star talent to @NFL players (@HailStateFB) via @MikeBBonner

    STARKVILLE A pattern formed within Mississippi States Twitter timeline during national signing day on Wednesday.

    Within the updates of new signees appeared retweets from NFL players. Each congratulated the members of the class and relived their highlights from their time in Starkville.

    Most also shared a similar signing day experience. They were overlooked.

    OK yall worried about recruiting and stars remember Me (Darius) Slay and Dak (Prescott) were 2 and 3 stars, former MSU corner and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Johnthan Banks tweeted.

    Dan Mullen and his staff entered signing day with a class of 16 prospects. Fifteen were three-star players. The additions of five-star talent Jeffery Simmons and four-star defensive tackle Kobe Jones stole the headlines from an otherwise mediocre class, according to recruiting web sites.

    In eight years at Mississippi State, Mullen has never won signing day. Hes never reeled in a class ranked better than eighth in the SEC. Hes broken into the top 20 nationally once, which was last year coming off MSU's most successful season in 70 years.

    This years class ranked 31st in the country and fifth among Mullens recruiting classes at MSU, according to 247Sports.

    Were all kind of battling for those same kids, Mullen said. I guess in the end, youre going to win some and youre going to lose some.
  • #5 by jbcarol on 05 Feb 2016
  • Cecil Hurt ‏@CecilHurt Feb 3

    Dan Mullen needed that Simmons commitment like Sonny Corleone needed correct change for the toll booth. Huuuuge.

    Like a fat man needs cake
  • #6 by jbcarol on 10 Feb 2016
  • ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC  8h8 hours ago
    Recapping Mississippi State's national signing day

    Biggest need heading into signing day: Theres no sugar-coating it: Mississippi States offensive line was terrible last season. Their linemen couldnt generate any semblance of a running game and they let Dak Prescott get sacked more than any quarterback in the conference. Its really a wonder the Bulldogs won nine games. But that kind of success isnt going to happen again next season without serious improvement in the trenches, especially considering the fact that there will be a new starter at quarterback. With left tackle Rufus Warren and left guard Justin Malone also gone, coach Dan Mullen and his staff were in need of some capable replacements.

    How it was addressed: Maybe former No. 1 junior college offensive tackle Martinas Rankin will develop into the difference-maker everyone anticipated hed become last season. Maybe a few other talented underclassmen already in the program will blossom as well. Because by the looks of the 2016 class, Mullen didnt land any ready-made impact guys on the O-line...
  • #7 by jbcarol on 11 Feb 2016
  • Wesley Wells ‏@ourmissmagazine 21h21 hours ago

    Congrats to Noxubee County's Jeffery Simmons. Our Mississippi Magazine High School Player of the Year.

  • #8 by jbcarol on 07 Mar 2016

  • Colerain H.S. Cincinnati Ohio 6'1 185 lbs DB/ATH.
  • #9 by jbcarol on 21 Mar 2016
  • High/College/Nfl #10

    blessed to have added another offer from Mississippi State 💯🏈

    SportsTalk ‏@sportstalksc 1h1 hour ago

    SportsTalk Retweeted High/College/Nfl #10

    #STRecruiting:  Clemson target DL Neil Farrell of Mobile, AL was offered by Mississippi State. 
  • #10 by jbcarol on 27 Mar 2016
  • Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 11h11 hours ago

    Report: Five-star Mississippi State signee apologizes after video of altercation with woman allegedly surfaces

    Jeffery Simmons released a statement on Facebook apologizing for an incident, and there is a video that shows the Mississippi State signee striking a woman, according to WCBI.coms Summer Rascoll.

    The Macon, Miss., native is rated as the top prospect in the state and No. 3 defensive end in the country...
  • #11 by jbcarol on 27 Mar 2016
  • Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 8h8 hours ago

    Report: Top MSU signee Simmons allegedly strikes woman

    Jeffery Simmons, the top-rated signee in Mississippi State's 2016 signing class, allegedly struck a woman several times on Thursday, according to a WCBI report.

    The report cites a video that appears to show Simmons, a five-star defensive end from Noxubee County, hitting a woman on the ground several times. The Clarion-Ledger has not been able to confirm the report. Mississippi State has not commented on the incident, and coach Dan Mullen did not return multiple requests for comment on the situation.

    Simmons posted an apology on his Facebook account to the Taylor family and specifically Sophia Taylor. The Clarion-Ledger hasn't confirmed that the apology is tied to the alleged assault.

  • #12 by jbcarol on 27 Mar 2016
  • Summer Rascoll for WCBI-TV in NOXUBEE COUNTY, Miss. (video available at link)

    The [video at link] shows Jeffery Simmons and another person striking a woman while shes on the ground.

    In a Facebook post Saturday Simmons says he takes full responsibility for his actions and apologized to the Taylor family and Sophia Taylor.

    Its not certain if Taylor is the woman being struck...

    or some other random woman he decided to ground and pound.
  • #13 by jbcarol on 28 Mar 2016
  • Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 2h2 hours ago

    MSU is aware of the Jeffery Simmons incident, it will continue to evaluate the situation as details emerge.

    Simmons, the top-rated signee in Mississippi State's 2016 signing class, allegedly struck a woman several times on Thursday, according to a WCBI report.

    The report cites a video that appears to show Simmons, a five-star defensive end from Noxubee County, hitting a woman on the ground several times. The Clarion-Ledger has confirmed it is Simmons in the video.

    Simmons posted an apology on his Facebook account to the Taylor family and specifically Sophia Taylor.

    We are aware of the situation. As more details become available, we will continue to evaluate the situation, Mississippi State University Public Affairs Director Sid Salter said.
  • #14 by ricepig on 28 Mar 2016
  • #15 by jbcarol on 29 Mar 2016
  • Three-star wideout Monterio Hunt announced he is committed to coming to Starkville, Miss.

    The Walnut, Miss., native is rated as the No. 21 player in the state and the No. 142 wideout in the country...
  • #16 by jbcarol on 29 Mar 2016
  • Three-star wideout Monterio Hunt announced he is committed to coming to Starkville, Miss.

    Kedrick Storey ‏@Kedthesportsguy 13h13 hours ago Ripley, MS

    Kedrick Storey Retweeted Monterio Hunt

    Grandson of former Bulldogs, Larry Gaillard (OL) and Michael Haddix (RB). Both played in the NFL.
  • #17 by jbcarol on 29 Mar 2016
  • Will Sammon ‏@WillSammon 5h5 hours ago

    Monterio Hunt (@datwildcat19) yesterday became the sixth 2017 player to commit to Mississippi State

    Monterio Hunts grandfather Larry Gaillard played at Mississippi State as a lineman. Hunts uncle Michael Haddix played at Mississippi State as a running back. The way Hunt sees it, now its his turn to call the Bulldogs his team.

    The 2017 Walnut wide receiver verbally committed Monday to MSU.

    By me going there, I feel like I was next in line, Hunt said. I was raised as a Mississippi State fan and its been that ever since.

    Hunt, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, is a consensus three-star prospect. The 247Sports Composite ranks Hunt as the No. 21 player of his class in Mississippi.

    Hunt attended MSUs spring practice Thursday and informed MSU coach Dan Mullen of his decision Monday. He became the Bulldogs sixth verbal commitment for the 2017 class.

    Hunts holds an offer from South Alabama and has interest from Ole Miss and Memphis.
  • #18 by jbcarol on 29 Mar 2016
  •  Sam R. Hall ‏@samrhall 24h24 hours ago Pearl, MS

    MSU recruit Jeffery Simmons charged with disturbing the peace over incident where he repeatedly hit a woman.

    State signee Jeffery Simmons has been charged with simple assault and disturbing the peace after a video was released showing him striking a woman.

    Simmons, the top-rated signee in Mississippi State's 2016 signing class, is accused of striking a woman several times on Thursday evening at Mayfair Apartments in Macon, according to Macon Police Chief Lucious Mason.

    "It's ridiculous," Mason said. "I'm at a loss for words. This isn't something that should have happened."

    Mason noted that children were watching the incident unfold and said, "it's just appalling that adults would get into a situation like that around kids."
  • #19 by jbcarol on 30 Mar 2016
  • Will Sammon

    MSU landed a powerful, straight-ahead penetrating DT/DE with Lee Autry's commitment, says Itawamba coach Sean Cannon

    State's defensive line for the 2017 recruiting class received a boost Wednesday morning when Itawamba Community College's Lee Autry verbally committed to the Bulldogs.

    Autry, who  Itawamba coach Sean Cannon said is about 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds, is the younger brother of former MSU defensive end Denico Autry, who now plays for the Raiders.

    "They are a getting a real powerful player," Itawamba coach Sean Cannon said. "He is a straight-ahead penetrating defensive lineman who can cause havoc."

    Autry, who does not hold another offer...
  • #20 by jbcarol on 31 Mar 2016
  • Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 16h16 hours ago

    Dan Mullen is waiting on the police reports and more than the video before making a decision on Jeffery Simmons

    STARKVILLE Dan Mullen broke his silence Wednesday regarding the incident that led to the arrest of Mississippi State signee Jeffery Simmons. Mullen told ESPN he is awaiting police reports and more information than the video, which shows the five-star defensive lineman striking a woman on the ground, before making a decision regarding Simmons' future with the program.

    "To me, like any situation you get into, you evaluate all the details and research every aspect of it," Mullen told ESPN. "I want to see some of the police reports. There's so much more I want to evaluate with the situation before I make a decision about what's best for our program. The five seconds of video, I don't think there's anything appropriate in it. That's what everyone is looking at right now and I don't think Jeffery would say there's anything appropriate in that five seconds of video. I don't think I'd say there's anything appropriate in that five seconds of video you see. But looking at the bigger picture is where we're spending our time."

    A video surfaced last week showing Simmons hitting a woman on the ground. The incident took place last Thursday. The former Dandy Dozen selection apologized for the incident on Facebook. Macon Police charged Simmons with simple assault and disturbing the peace on Monday.

    Both charges are misdemeanors. Four others, a man and three women, were also charged in the incident.
  • #21 by jbcarol on 03 Apr 2016
  • #22 by jbcarol on 06 Apr 2016
  • Class of 2017, 6-3 345 defensive tackle from Pascagoula, High, James Jackson has committed to Mississippi State.

    Jackson is the seventh Mississippi State commit in its 2017 class and the first defensive lineman. He chose the Bulldogs over offers from fellow in-state schools Ole Miss and Southern Miss, as well as Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas-San Antonio. 
  • #23 by jbcarol on 16 Apr 2016
  • Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 2h2 hours ago

    Mississippi State lands three commitments following spring game

    Three-star offensive tackle Paul Gainer, three-star defensive end Aaron Odom and his Callaway High School (Jackson, Miss.) teammate, 2018 wide receiver Malik Heath, all pledged to Mississippi State...

    Odom is rated as the No. 9 player in Mississippi and the No. 24 defensive end in the 2017 class, according to Gainer, a Gautier, Miss., native, is rated as the No. 25 player in the state. Heath is currently rated as the No. 5 player in Mississippi.

    Saturdays splash puts the Bulldogs at 10 commitments for 2017 and three for 2018.
  • #24 by jbcarol on 16 Apr 2016
  • 3-star 6-3, 2 bills Ocean Springs WR Austin Williams gave a verbal to State.
  • #25 by jbcarol on 20 Apr 2016
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    4-star '17 St. Thomas Aquinas ILB
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  • #28 by Pig in the Pokey on 04 May 2016
  • Chris Low ‏@ClowESPN 19h19 hours ago

    First, there was stunned silence, and then there was a mass exodus from Ole Miss' war room after Jeffery Simmons announced for Miss. State.
    yep. rumor is ole Simmons took them ole piss $$ and then took the $80k for miss st and signed w them on signing day. He double-dipped! LMAO.
  • #29 by Pig in the Pokey on 04 May 2016
  • Will Sammon

    MSU landed a powerful, straight-to-the-head penetrating DT/DE with Lee Autry's commitment, says Itawamba coach Sean Cannon
    fif them
  • #30 by jbcarol on 17 May 2016
  • '17 Oxford Lafayette DB Tyler Williams gave a verbal to State.
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  • Paul Jones ‏@PJ247Sports 14h14 hours ago

    Paul Jones Retweeted T.Jack

    2017 DB Tavyn Jackson
  • #34 by jbcarol on 24 May 2016
  • Mississippi State landed a local prospect to its 2018 recruiting class.

    Four-star athlete/running back Marcus Murphy committed to the Bulldogs

    Murphys commitment comes at a great time for the Bulldogs after Saahdiq Charles, a three-star offensive lineman from Madison, Miss., chose LSU over Mississippi State

  • #35 by jbcarol on 01 Jun 2016
  • Will Sammon ‏@WillSammon  6h6 hours ago
    Mississippi State added 2016 WR Osirus Mitchell out of FL. will arrive for second summer session, per source.
  • #36 by jbcarol on 02 Jun 2016
  •  Bulldawgs247 ‏@Bulldawgs247 22h22 hours ago

    MSU's late addition Osirus Mitchell picked MSU because of their player development. Thinks he can be the next Bear .

    After missing on two four-star receivers in the Class of 2016 as well as losing big target DeRunnya Wilson, Mississippi State got a late gift to the class as the calendar flipped to June.

    Sarasota, Fla., standout Osirus Mitchell said that he will graduate high school this weekend. Following that graduation, hell look to go through the NCAA Clearinghouse which he said should be no issue. He is hoping to enroll at MSU for the second summer school session on July 5

  • #37 by jbcarol on 05 Jun 2016

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    Things are tense at Mississippi State following the news that five-star defensive end signee Jeffery Simmons will only be suspended one game.

    Video surfaced of him striking a woman on the ground several times in April, and Mississippi State announced the suspension last week at the SEC meeting in Destin, Fla.

    Simmons will be suspended for the Bulldogs opening game against South Alabama on Sept. 3, and the school has been under a good bit of scrutiny for the decision.But will it have an affect on the recruiting trail?

    Not for three-star Penn State commit D.J. Brown.

    The Creekside High School (Fairburn, Ga.) native wasnt exactly on board with the handling of the situation, but said it wouldnt impact his decision to attend the university.

    However, he does believe Simmons deserved more than a one-game suspension.

    Domestic abuse isnt something to play with, Brown told SEC Country. I think he should have been suspended a little bit longer than just a game. If he learned his lesson then he learned his lesson.

    I would say [he should have been suspended] at least two games because hitting a women, thats not cool right there. Its different from not going to class. Hitting a women is something serious. You can go to jail for that.

    Of course those committed to glass houses...

    The woman Simmons beat down was a person living in the same complex who reportedly was bullying his sister.  She was not his wife, girlfriend, family member or other that category that would qualify as "Domestic Abuse" which is being reported in the media.

    This was ground and pound abuse of a member of the opposite sex.
  • #38 by jbcarol on 14 Jun 2016
  • State adds big WR recruit for 2016 class

    Reginald Todd, a 6-foot-5 wide receiver from Blount High School in Eight Mile...

    He was committed to play basketball at New Mexico State before deciding to play football in the SEC. The only holdup for the tall outside threat was his ACT score. After earning a 25 on the test, Todd qualified to join Mississippi State.

  • #39 by jbcarol on 18 Jun 2016
  • #40 by jbcarol on 22 Jun 2016
  • Will Sammon ‏@WillSammon 40m40 minutes ago

    Mississippi State gets commitment from 2017 3-star DB Kaleb Oliver (@_K2tha_0) out of TN.

    chance to make immediate impact stood out to him.
  • #41 by jbcarol on 30 Jun 2016
  •  Will Sammon ‏@WillSammon 15h15 hours ago

    Mississippi State finished 2016 rankings at 27, h/t @PJ247Sports, with the two late adds at WR...
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  • #43 by jbcarol on 23 Jul 2016
  • FOIA: For Mississippi State, a handful of tweets resulted in secondary violations

    [Showing him the "love"]
    Less than a month after becoming a recruiting specialist at MSU, Patrick Austin committed a violation with a tweet.

    On March 3, Austin replied to a prospective student athletes tweet. According to documents, Austin meant to send the athlete a direct message. Instead, his message went public, which is a violation.

    [Strong countermeasures, lessons learned]
    MSU reminded football coach Dan Mullen of his responsibilities to educate his staff on the use of social media. The SEC added to the penalty by preventing Austin from off-campus recruiting for a period of 30 days. It also prohibited the university from in-person or off-campus contact with the prospective student-athlete (PSA) for 90 days.
  • #44 by jbcarol on 23 Jul 2016

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    Bulldogs turned it into a big recruiting day as his team secured three commitments from the event, according to Will Sammon of The Clarion Ledger. Mississippi State picked up commitments from Florida offensive lineman Cordavien Suggs, junior college defensive lineman Deion Pope and, of course, junior college offensive lineman Tyre Phillips.

    Pope is a four-star defensive line prospect rated the seventh best prospect in the country for the class of 2017 and the second best defensive tackle, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. Pope attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College last season.
  • #45 by jbcarol on 28 Jul 2016
  • 758498247908483072[/tweet]]Junior college defensive back Laquadarius Landrews committed to Mississippi State

    Landrews is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. He was lightly recruited out of McComb (Miss.) High School, but has increased his stock since arriving on the JUCO campus. Landrews qualified out of high school, which opens different doors than junior college prospects who did not qualify.

    Landrews starred during his first season in community college, leading the team with eight pass breakups and two interceptions. In addition to Mississippi State, Landrews held offers from Arkansas, Middle Tennessee State and Southern Miss.

    Landrews is the 21st commitment in Dan Mullens 2017 recruiting class...
  • #46 by jbcarol on 01 Aug 2016

  • Dan Mullen ‏@CoachDanMullen 14h14 hours ago

  • #47 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2016

  • 3-star Callaway Clubs ATH
  • #48 by jbcarol on 08 Sep 2016

  • '17 3-star LB

    State has 20 verbals and one LB remaining in the class
  • #49 by jbcarol on 14 Sep 2016
  •  Paul Jones ‏@PJ247Sports 1h1 hour ago

    2017 OL Montravious Richardson commits to Mississippi State via @247Sports

    Westover (Ga.) High School's Montravious Richardson committed to the Bulldogs and became the fifth offensive lineman commit for Mississippi State in the class. He is also the 21st commitment for the Bulldogs in the class.
  • #50 by jbcarol on 10 Nov 2016

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    6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect originally signed with the Bulldogs as part of their 2014 class, but attended Southwest Mississippi State Community College

    Bulldogs now hold 19 commits in their 2017 class with no tight end recruits