Mississippi State commitment preview

Each week the Daily Journal will preview the weekly games of Mississippi State’s current commitments.

The Bulldogs currently have 32 verbal commitments and their 2015 class is rated 13th nationally by 247Sports.com.

2015 Commitments

jonathan calvin 2Jonathan Calvin

Position: Defensive end

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 264

Hometown/ School: Jackson/ Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Last week: Calving made four solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in a 50-0 win over Mississippi Delta.

This week: Co-Lin (2-1) at Southwest Mississippi Community College (0-2)

2014 stats: 18 tackles (12 solo, six assists) , four tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks

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tommy championTommy Champion

Position: Offensive tackle

Height/ Weight: 6-5, 285

Hometown/ School: Jackson/ Callaway

Last week: Champion and the Chargers lost 24-14 to Murrah.

This week: Callaway (0-4) at Jim Hill (1-3)

2014 stats: None

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2014 NFTC BirminghamMalik Dear

Position: Athlete

Height/ Weight: 5-9, 210

Hometown/ School: Jackson/ Murrah

Last week: Dear rushed 15 times for 111 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 48 yards. He also returned a punt 98-yards for a touchdown in a 24-14 win at Callaway.

This week: Greenville (1-3) at Murrah (4-0)

2014 stats: Rushing - 37 attempts for 249 yards, seven touchdowns Passing – 2-of-2 for 93 yards, one touchdown Receiving - seven catches for 99 yards, three touchdown Kickoff return – one return for 20 yards Punt return - five returns for 200 yards, two touchdowns

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trey derouen 2Trey Derouen

Position: Offensive guard

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 309

Hometown/ School: Lilburn, Ga./ Parkview

Last week: Derouen and the Panthers won 37-24 over Brookwood.

This week: Parkview (2-1) at Grayson

2014 stats: None

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nick gibson 2Nick Gibson

Position: Running back

Height/ Weight: 5-11, 197

Hometown/ School: Pinson, Ala./ Pinson Valley

Last week: Gibson carried 23 times for 118 yards. He also caught one pass for six yards in a 25-21 loss at Gardendale.

This week: Clay-Chalkville (4-0) at Pinson Valley (3-1)

2014 stats: Rushing – 78 attempts for 589 yards, seven touchdowns Receiving – three catches for 22 yards Kickoff return - one return for 80 yards, one touchdown

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donald grayDonald Gray

Position: Wide receiver

Height/ Weight: 5-9, 185

Hometown/ School: Memphis, Tenn./ Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College

Last week: Gray caught one pass for a 45-yard touchdown. He also returned a punt for 11 yards in a 50-0 win over Mississippi Delta.

This week: Co-Lin (2-1) at Southwest Mississippi Community College (0-2)

2014 stats: Receiving - 15 catches for 323 yards, five touchdowns Punt returns - three returns for 40 yards

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farrod greenFarrod Green

Position: Tight end

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 223

Hometown/ School: Wesson/ Wesson

Last week: Green had two catches for 12 yards in a 34-6 loss at Seminary.

This week: North Pike (2-2) at Wesson (2-2)

2014 stats: Receiving - 11 catches for 184 yards, two touchdowns Rushing – one carry for minus-2 yards Kickoff returns – two returns for 48 yards

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justin johnsonJustin Johnson

Position: Wide receiver

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 205

Hometown/ School: Birmingham, Ala./ Hoover

Last week: Johnson caught two passes for 29 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-0 win over Oak Mountain.

This week: Hoover (2-2) at Thompson (0-4)

2014 stats: Receiving – six catches for 90 yards, two touchdowns

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dontea jones 2Dontea Jones

Position: Wide receiver

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 220

Hometown/ School: Louisville/ Louisville

Last week: Jones made three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in a 21-17 loss at Philadelphia.

This week: Louisville (2-2) at Columbus (0-3)

2014 stats: Receiving – 23 catches for 333 yards, two touchdowns

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kendell jones 2Kendell Jones

Position: Defensive end

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 240

Hometown/ School: Pinson, Ala./ Clay-Chalkville

Last week: Jones made seven tackles (six solo, one assist), 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in a 65-14 win over Huffman.

This week: Clay-Chalkville (4-0) at Pinson Valley (2-2)

2014 stats: Defense - 27 tackles (14 solo, 13 assists), four tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, 2.5 sacks

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keith josephKeith Joseph Jr.

Position: Defensive end

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 235

Hometown/ School: Pascagoula/ Pascagoula

Last week: Joseph made eight tackles (four solo, four assists), one tackle for loss and one sack in a 21-10 loss at D’Iberville.

This week: West Harrison (0-3) at Pascagoula (2-2)

2014 stats: Defense – 31 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks

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2014 NFTC BirminghamMark McLaurin

Position: Safety

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 200

Hometown/ School: Collins/ Collins

Last week: McLauren carried once for a 1-yard touchdown and caught three passes for 36 yards and another score. Defensively, he made five tackles, broke up a pass and recovered a fumble for a 25-yard touchdown in a 40-34 win over Bassfield.

This week: Lawrence County  (3-1) at Collins (2-2)

2014 stats: Rushing - one carry for one yard, one touchdown Receiving14 catches for 214 yards, two touchdowns Defense - 20 tackles, six pass deflections, two interceptions, one fumble recovery for a touchdown Kickoff return – two returns for 88 yards

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darrien mcnair 2Darrien McNair

Position: Safety

Height/ Weight: 6-2, 223

Hometown/ School: Ocala, Fla./ Trinity Catholic

Last week: McNair made 10 tackles (eight solo, two assists), forced a fumble and returned an interception 97-yards for a touchdown in a 45-21 win at Eastside.

This week: Moore Haven (0-3) at Trinity Catholic (2-0)

2014 stats: Defense - 17  tackles (13 solo, four assists), one tackle for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, two interceptions – one returned for touchdown.

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keith mixonKeith Mixon

Position: Running back

Height/ Weight: 5-10, 165

Hometown/ School: Birmingham, Ala./ Shades Valley

Last week: Mixon carried nine times for 66 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 91 yards in a 39-21 win at Acadiana (La.).

This week: Woodlawn (1-2) at Shades Valley (4-0)

2014 stats: Rushing – 37 carries for 290 yards, five touchdowns Receiving – 30 catches for 549 yards, six touchdowns

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harrison moon 2Harrison Moon

Position: Offensive tackle

Height/ Weight: 6-5, 260

Hometown/ School: Signal Mountain, Tenn./ Signal Mountain

Last week: Moon and the Eagles won 49-13 over Red Bank.

This week: Signal Mountain (4-0) at Grundy County (2-2)

2014 stats: None

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alec murphyAlec Murphy

Position: Running back

Height/ Weight: 6-1, 222

Hometown/ School: Nixa, Mo./ Nixa

Last week: Murphy carried four times for 11 yards in a 21-0 loss to Willard.

This week: Nixa (1-3) at Webb County

2014 stats: Rushing - 51 carries for 310 yards, four touchdowns

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cameron myers 2Cameron Myers

Position: Athlete

Height/ Weight: 6-2, 185

Hometown/ School: Hattiesburg/ Oak Grove

Last week: Myers completed 4-of-10 passing for 147 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and carried eight times for 100 yards and two more scores. He also added an interception on defense in a 59-35 win over Biloxi.

This week: Hattiesburg (2-2) at Oak Grove (2-0)

2014 stats: Passing – 19-of-43 for 431 yards, four touchdowns, one interception Rushing - 18 carries for 125 yards, two touchdowns Defense – one interception

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jamal peters 3Jamal Peters

Position: Safety

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 200

Hometown/ School: Bassfield/ Bassfield

Last week: Peters caught one pass for 26 yards. Defensively, he made six tackles (four solo, two assists) and one pass deflection in a 40-34 loss to Collins.

This week: Bassfield (3-1) at Hazlehurst (1-3)

2014 stats: Receiving - eight catches for 156 yards, two touchdowns Defense 19 tackles (10 solo, nine assists), one forced fumble, one tackle for loss, one interception, two pass deflections

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maurice smithermanMaurice Smitherman

Position: Cornerback

Height/ Weight: 5-9, 178

Hometown/ School: Adamsville, Ala./ Minor

Last week: Smitherman made two solo tackles in a 15-6 loss at Walker.

This week: Jackson-Olin (1-3) at Minor (1-2)

2014 stats: Defense – 13 tackles (eight solo, five assists), two tackles for loss, one interception, two pass breakups.

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2014 NFTC BirminghamJonnas Spivey

Position: Athlete

Height/ Weight: 6-0, 180

Hometown/ School: Bay Springs/ Bay Springs

Last week: Spivey completed 4-of-11 passing for 79 yards and rushed 12 times for 55 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, he had three solo tackles and returned an interception 70 yards for a score. He added a punt return for 10 yards in a 19-0 win at Heidelberg.

This week: Philadelphia (4-0) at Bay Springs (4-0)

2014 stats: Passing – 21-of-33 passing for 472 yards, five touchdowns, one interception Rushing – 32 attempts for 299 yards, six touchdowns, two two-point conversions Defense - nine solo tackles, four interceptions – one returned for a touchdown Kickoff return – one return for 75 yards, one touchdown Punt return – one return for 10 yards

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chris stampsChris Stamps

Position: Cornerback

Height/ Weight: 6-1, 170

Hometown/ School: Vicksburg/ Warren Central

Last week: Stamps caught two passes for 25 yards. Defensively, he made two assisted tackles, had one pass deflection and one interception in a 30-0 win over Natchez.

This week: Northwest Rankin (2-3) at Warren Central (4-0)

2014 stats: Receiving - four catches for 55 yards, one touchdown Defense - five tackles (two solo, three assists), two pass deflections, one interception Punt returns – one return for 28 yards

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deddrick thomas 2Deddrick Thomas

Position: Athlete

Height/ Weight: 5-9, 170

Hometown/ School: Memphis, Tenn./ Memphis Central

Last week: Thomas completed 3-of-8 passes for 46 yards and carried 22 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a 15-12 loss to Whitehaven.

This week: Memphis East (4-0) at Memphis Central (3-1)

2014 stats: Passing - 17-of-26 for 323 yards, four touchdowns Rushing - 44 carries for 396 yards, five touchdowns Defense – one interception

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kentavious thomasKentavious Thomas

Position: Running back

Height/ Weight: 5-11, 205

Hometown/ School: Milledgeville, Ga./ Baldwin

Last week: Thomas carried seven times for 30 yards and a touchdown in a 28-6 loss to Tift County.

This week: Tift County (3-0) at Baldwin (2-0)

2014 stats: Rushing - 48 carries for 400 yards, eight touchdowns Receiving – two catches for 34 yards

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nick tiano 2Nick Tiano

Position: Quarterback

Height/ Weight: 6-5, 230

Hometown/ School: Chattanooga, Tenn./ Baylor School

Last week: Tiano did not play due to an ankle injury in a 41-13 win over Brainerd.

This week: Baylor School (4-0) at Pope John Paul II (2-2)

2014 stats: Passing – 26-of-41 passing for 457 yards, seven touchdowns Rushing - 29 carries for 161 yards, two touchdowns

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chason virgil 2Chason Virgil

Position: Quarterback

Height/ Weight: 6-2, 170

Hometown/ School: Mesquite, Texas/ West Mesquite

Last week: Virgil completed 19-of-28 passes for 287 yards and  four touchdowns. He also carried three times for nine yards in a 51-7 win at Red Oak.

This week: Open

2014 stats: Passing - 58-of-80 passes for  758 yards, 13 touchdowns Rushing - 19 attempts for 89 yards, three touchdowns

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timothy washingtonTimothy Washington

Position: Linebacker

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 200

Hometown/ School: Yazoo City/ Yazoo City

Last week: Open

This week: Open

2014 stats: Receiving - two catches for 62 yards, one touchdown Defense – 15 tackles (seven solo, six assists), six tackles for loss, three sacks, five quarterback hurries, one pass deflection Special teams – one blocked punt Punt returns – one return for 10 yards

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jarvis wilson 2Jarvis Wilson

Position: Safety

Height/ Weight: 6-2, 197

Hometown/ School: Tupelo/ Tupelo

Last week: Wilson carried 13 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, he made eight tackles (five solo, three assists). He also returned one punt for 17 yards in a 21-9 win over Saltillo.

This week: Open

2014 stats: Rushing - 18 carries for 189 yards, four touchdowns Defense - 24 tackles (15 solo, nine assists), three pass deflections, one interception, one forced fumble Punt return – one return for 17 yards

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2016 Commitments

deshon cooperDeshon Cooper

Position: Linebacker

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 220

Hometown/ School: Decatur, Ga./ Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Last week: Cooper and the Wolfpack won 50-0 over Mississippi Delta.

This week: Co-Lin (2-1) at Southwest Mississippi Community College (0-2)

2014 stats: Defense – six tackles (five solo, one assist)

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lashard durrLashard Durr

Position: Cornerback

Height/ Weight: 5-11, 180

Hometown/ School: Gulfport/ Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Last week: Durr and the Wolfpack won 50-0 over Mississippi Delta.

This week: Co-Lin (2-1) at Southwest Mississippi Community College (0-2)

2014 stats: Kickoff returns - six returns for 101 yards

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briston guidry 2Briston Guidry

Position: Defensive tackle

Height/ Weight: 6-2, 265

Hometown/ School: Metarie, La. / Archbishop Rummel

Last week: Guidry had 14 tackles (nine solo, five assists) and forced a fumble in a 37-31 win at Hahnville.

This week: Acadiana (2-1) at Archbishop Rummel (2-0)

2014 stats: Defense - 20 tackles (13 solo, seven assists), two sacks, two tackles for loss, one safety, one forced fumble, one blocked field goal

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dee nallsDee Nalls

Position: Offensive guard

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 290

Hometown/ School: Fayette, Ala./ Fayette County

Last week: Nalls and the Tigers won 28-21 at Haleyville.

This week: Danville (1-3) at Fayette County (3-1)

2014 stats: None

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2017 Commitment

anthony hinesAnthony Hines III

Position: Linebacker

Height/ Weight: 6-2, 218

Hometown/ School: Plano, Texas/ Plano East

Last week: Hines III had 11 tackles, broke up a pass and recovered a fumble in a 27-24 win over Flower Mound.

This week: Plano East (1-2) at Plano West (2-0)

2014 stats: Defense – 39 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, one pass deflection, one fumble recovery

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Paul Jones of Bulldawgs247.com contributed to this report.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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