It’s T-minus one week until national signing day, and there’s as much chatter as ever about a certain five-star defensive end. And we’ve got some chatter for you.
The Journal’s Brandon Speck caught up with Chris Jones last night, and the Houston (Miss.) defensive end talked for several minutes about his plans. He’s committed to MSU, but Ole Miss is now in the mix, and Jones will announce his final decision on signing day. He’ll have in-home visits from both coaching staffs this weekend. Brandon’s story from last night can be found here, and he followed that up with a more detailed blog post.
I’m not sure this situation could be more dramatic. The nation’s No. 2 overall player, according to 247Sports, will be choosing between rival schools on signing day, and this is a prospect MSU can’t afford to lose. Dan Mullen simply has to close the deal on Jones.
Speaking of lost recruits, wide receiver Corey Smith dumped MSU in favor of Ohio State on Tuesday. This one was not very surprising, and considering the size of this year’s WR group, State should be able to absorb the loss.
• We’ve got hoops tonight. MSU hosts Texas A&M, and both teams are looking to snap four-game losing skids. State’s average margin of defeat during this slide is 27 points, while the Aggies’ is 8.3, with their last three losses coming by a total of 12 points. I’ll have more on this matchup later.
• Today in Schadenfreude: Ole Miss suffered its first SEC loss of the season last night, falling to Kentucky.
• If you’re into baseball, you might want to be around downtown Starkville this afternoon. The annual Dudy Gras parade takes place starting at 4:30 p.m., with those Left Field Lounge Lizards and their rigged-out trucks/bleachers leading the way. I’m told the action starts near Rick’s Cafe, which is located on Martin Luther King Drive. Former Bulldogs Ed Easley and Jeffrey Rea will serve as the parade’s co-grand marshals.
This little tradition is MSU fans’ way of ushering in the coming season, which begins Feb. 15. MSU is ranked No. 5 in the preseason by Baseball America.