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Closing time is coming for the 2013 class. How will MSU cap off its 2013 class?
It could be a very busy weekend on campus this weekend. No, there isn't a game and there isn't a riot, however, there will be a frenzy of important visitors. Some of the key visitors are as follows:
- Jaquay Williams - the 6'2" 205 lb wide receiver is originally from Sandy Creek, Georgia. He signed with Auburn in 2012. He now attends Fork Union Military Academy in Georgia. He visited UGA last weekend and is considered a UGA lean. However, he will give the bulldogs a look this weekend.
- Angelo Jean-Louis - a 6'0" 185 lb wide receiver originally from Wellington, Florida. He originally signed with the University of Miami in 2012 before heading the JUCO route. He is a teammate of Williams. It is not set in stone that he will visit this weekend, but there appears to be optimism. It would be good to get him on campus. Like his first go around in recruiting, he has a lot of interest.
- Za'Darius Smith - 6'6" 255 lb defensive end. The EMCC product is high on a couple of teams' boards and is fresh off an official visit to Ole Miss. He has long had interest in MSU and they have long coveted him. He will official this weekend. FSU is still the alleged leader after his Ole Miss visit.
- Sunny Odogwu - The 6'8" 310 lb offensive lineman from Hargrave Military will official this weekend. He will be in with MSU commits, Kivon Coman and Artimas Samuel this weekend. He has long favored MSU and Texas A&M, but like many prospects for A&M at this point, probably couldn't fit in their class. MSU will likely make a move for a commitment this weekend.
- Also visiting from Hargrave this weekend is defensive end Tarell Basham ($). Basham, who is a teammate of Coman, Samuel and the visiting Odogwu, states current interest from MSU, Texas Tech, N.C. State, among others. Although Basham tells 247 that he is fairly unfamiliar with MSU at this point, he says that teammates Coman and Samuel have been recruiting him hard to join them at State next fall.
- Jeremy Chappelle - 6'2" 212 lb JUCO WR from Bullard, Texas is expecting a visit from MSU coaches this week. He will visit MSU on December 7th. He is another name that has popped up in the JUCO circuit for MSU, as their JUCO WR targets have been vanishing lately. He lists schools such as Houston, La Tech, and A&M.
- Corey Smith - 5'11" 185 lb ATH - The **** JUCO athlete out of nearby EMCC will visit MSU this weekend, he tells Paul Jones of 247 ($). Smith is currently receiving a good bit of interest State as well as from Ohio State - he is originally from Ohio - and Tennessee, with whom he originally signed with out of high school in 2011. Smith is just getting started on his visits, but with him playing just down the road in Scooba, you have to like MSU's chances of being in the mix in February. Smith has already unofficially visited MSU several times during the 2012 season.
- Jalen Ramsey - 6'0" 190 lb WR from Brentwood, Tennessee. Probably the biggest of the visitors this weekend. Has long had interest in MSU. He saw a huge spike in rankings and subsequently committed to USC before the season. Since then, the distance has been on the mind of him and his parents. Florida has made a push and Nick Saban took over his recruitment for Alabama. So with that on the table, it looks to be an uphill battle, but getting him on campus is key to staying in the race.
- On Sunday, MSU coaches checked in on Jonathan Ford, the Vandy commitment. He is planning on taking visits. MSU has been on him and might elect to make a move late. This is a kid worth keeping an eye on. Probably not an every down back in college, but a versatile kid.
- Sunday also saw MSU coaches checking on Kailo Moore (moore on him later. see what I did there?) and Ashton Shumpert. It is obvious that these two are big, big pieces to the 2013 puzzle for MSU. No doubt.
- On Tuesday, Head Coach Dan Mullen checked in on commitments Brandon Wells and Tyre'oune Holmes.
- A familiar name in David Washington, JUCO DT from Hinds Community college and a former Kentucky commitment, still has interest in MSU. He will visit MSU on December 7th and decide sometime in December. If MSU is serious about him, he will be a Bulldog.
- MSU recently offered JUCO cornerback, Riyahd Jones. He is fresh off a visit to Ole Miss, where he promptly named them his leader. Ole Miss may not be able to take him, so that opens the door for MSU. Jones lists a top 3 of Ole Miss, Kansas State and West Virginia. That could change as the MSU interest in him picks up.
- Kivon Coman, who as we mentioned above is visiting this weekend from Hargrave, talks to The Dawg Walk about his season and his excitement about getting to MSU soon ($).
- There is some potentially exciting news with regards to Sunny Odogwu's visit this weekend in today's Dawg Biscuits over at Bulldawgs 247 ($).
Kailo Moore Tidbits
So here's the deal with Kailo: he was seen at the Egg Bowl Saturday. He looked like anything except an MSU commitment. It has long been rumored he could switch. As the days go on, that looks to be gaining steam. I'm not saying it happens, but MSU has a long and winding road ahead to February 6th with Kailo. There are people in his camp who want him at Ole Miss and people who want him at MSU. He recently said he feels like Tony Conner and Robert Nkemdiche end up at Ole Miss and he doesn't want to play against those guys. His situation will be worth keeping an eye on. One positive bit of news to report for MSU here is that the MS/AL all-star game is coming up and there will be plenty of MSU commitments there for him to bond with. With Kailo, he tells the Ole Miss media one thing and the MSU media another. Kailo's actions will truly tell the tale in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day 2013.
As for how the 2013 class shakes out for MSU: there are big names already on board for this class, and MSU will need to hang on to them. There are big fish left out there such as Elijah Daniel, Ashton Shumpert and Za'Darius Smith. MSU needs to get one of them. The 2013 class until this point, however, has been about need. MSU reloaded on the offensive line in this class. They got some good WRs that will contribute. They got a QB of the future (barring him signing an MLB contract). MSU filled needs in this class and it is ranked 14th by Scout.com. Not bad. Also, look for new names to emerge in the time leading up till signing day. Tim Brewster is getting MSU in on kids that were not on the board before he arrived. I fully expect some kids and maybe even a commitment or two to come out of the wood works before this class is complete.