National Signing Day 2013: Jake Thomas signs with MSU

Jake Thomas with fellow USA 19 teammates - Jill Savely (@JSavely)

The talented offensive lineman from nearby Columbus made his pledge to MSU official this morning, signing with MSU.

Another LOI is in fresh off the presses, as 4-star Columbus (MS) offensive lineman Jake Thomas is officially a Bulldog.

Thomas, the Dandy Dozen performer from Columbus High School, becomes the fourth Bulldog recruit for the class of 2013 to sign, the school announced today through a statement on coach Dan Mullen's twitter account.

Thomas is another from the group of long-committed Bulldogs, as he gave his pledge prior to last season, in mid August. Despite interest from Stanford, North Carolina, and other national programs, Thomas chose to stay nearby and play for the school just 30 minutes from his hometown.

High School

Columbus HS - Columbus, Mississippi

Measureables

Height - 6'5"
Weight - 300 lbs
40 - not listed

Recruiting Service Rankings

247Sports - 4-star (#5 MS, #21 OT), 90 Grade

Scout - 4-star (#26 OT)

Rivals - 3-star (#6 MS, #51 OT), 5.7 Grade

Bio (from HailState.com via our own WCF)

Jake Thomas, OL, 6-5, 300, Columbus, Miss. (Columbus)
HIGH SCHOOL: Universally regarded as one of the best offensive line prospects in the state of Mississippi ... Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... Named the state's No. 7 prospect in the Clarion Ledger's 10 Most Wanted ... Was the No. 26 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com ... 247Sports.com considers him the No. 20 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 5 player, regardless of position, in the state of Mississippi ... Four-year starter for the Columbus Falcons, becoming a mainstay on the offensive line and quickly rising as one of the state's top offensive lineman ... Helped lead the Falcons to their first playoff berth since 2005 during his senior year ... Invited to the U.S. Army All-American underclassmen combine in San Antonio following his junior season ... Made the Under-19 Team USA roster following his senior year ... Nominated for the U.S. Army All-American game ... A member of the Clarion Ledger's Dandy Dozen prior to his senior season ... Named Class 6A First-Team All-State following his senior year ... Selected as a starter for Team Mississippi in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic ... Committed to the Bulldogs in August 2012 over Stanford, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and others.

Highlights

Offers

MSU, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Alabama (interest), North Carolina (interest), Stanford (interest)

John Luke's thoughts

Thomas has long been considered a true tackle prospect out of nearby Columbus, but he showed that he may instead end up at guard at the next level at MS/AL all star event. He comes from an MSU family and will proudly represent MSU. I expect him to redshirt and be ready to contribute after a redshirt year.

HailState.com Bio

Universally regarded as one of the best offensive line prospects in the state of Mississippi ... Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... Named the state's No. 7 prospect in the Clarion Ledger's 10 Most Wanted ... Was the No. 26 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com ... 247Sports.com considers him the No. 20 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 5 player, regardless of position, in the state of Mississippi ... Four-year starter for the Columbus Falcons, becoming a mainstay on the offensive line and quickly rising as one of the state's top offensive lineman ... Helped lead the Falcons to their first playoff berth since 2005 during his senior year ... Invited to the U.S. Army All-American underclassmen combine in San Antonio following his junior season ... Made the Under-19 Team USA roster following his senior year ... Nominated for the U.S. Army All-American game ... A member of the Clarion Ledger's Dandy Dozen prior to his senior season ... Named Class 6A First-Team All-State following his senior year ... Selected as a starter for Team Mississippi in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic ... Committed to the Bulldogs in August 2012 over Stanford, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and others.

For more on Mississippi State's National Signing Day, make sure to check out our storystream and our running signees list.

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