Well, that was a fun weekend on the ol’ recruiting front, was it not? Let’s recap.
You had five-star defensive end Chris Jones, an MSU commit, waffling on whether he was going to visit Ole Miss before finally doing so Friday night. It was thought he might visit State as well, but he never did. Of course, he’d just been in Starkville the weekend prior. Should this worry MSU fans? Well, I’d never feel comfortable about any verbal commitment – ever – until the kid signed. It’s the nature of recruiting.
For instance, on Sunday, South Panola offensive lineman Deon Mix de-committed from State just a few days after making an official visit there. He had been committed since June. Then later Sunday, MSU picked up a commitment from quarterback Damian Williams, who had previously been committed to Southern Miss. That gives the Bulldogs two QBs in this class.
So what’s next? Well, things aren’t likely to calm down over these last nine days until signing day. There will be plenty of yapping by fans (on both sides) about Jones, who’s feeling pressure from all sides right now. MSU is still pursuing other big-time prospects, including four-star cornerback MacKensie Alexander. There’s one weekend of visits remaining, and so coaches will be making their hardest sales pitches down the stretch.
So let’s all try to get through this together with at least a modicum of sanity and perspective.
• Let’s talk hoops. MSU is riding a four-game losing streak, and you can read my weekly rewind in today’s Journal. I also authored the weekly Ole Miss/MSU lookahead, and I’ll have more on what’s coming this week after we speak with coach Rick Ray on the SEC coaches teleconference and at his weekly press conference.
On the women’s side, the Lady Bulldogs took down Ole Miss on Sunday, and we’ve got the story for you. It’s the first SEC win for new coach Vic Schaefer, who’s a guest on my radio show (LockeDown Corner) this morning on Bulldog Sports Radio.