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Get the latest on this weekends official visitors and some other developments.
This weekend, MSU will host 12 official visitors. Most of the visitors on campus will be MSU commitments, however, there will be two that are not. Mackensie and Mackenro Alexander will be on campus this weekend as well. With this being a weekend that MSU is bringing in commitments, there will still be sales pitches to be made, by the coaches and the commitments to the two undecided prospects on campus. Here is a list of the visitors and where they stand.
Visitors List - January 19, 2013 (as always, list subject to change)
Chris Jones - DE, Houston, MS.
Jones is by far the crown jewel of this class for the Bulldogs. He made a rapid rise from two-star MS prospect to 5-star celebrity. He has remained solid to MSU despite major interest over the last few weeks.
Ashton Shumpert - RB/DB/LB, Itawamba, MS.
Shumpert is a recent commitment for MSU. He is the only running back MSU will take in this class and was a huge pickup for MSU. The MS Gatorade player of the year could play a host of positions in college, but will get first crack at running back.
Cord Sandberg - QB, Bradenton, FL.
The longtime MSU QB commit will make an important visit to MSU this weekend. This will likely be the last time he is on campus before he is drafted in the MLB major league draft in a few months. He is a highly rated baseball prospect and the likelihood of him making it to campus, is not good.
Jake Thomas - OL, Columbus, MS.
Jake was one of MSU's prized in-state recruits in this class. He is a prized OL recruit in a class that was pretty good at that position. Jake has long been solid and will be in town to do some recruiting for his team this weekend for sure.
Kent Flowers - OL, Hollandale, MS.
Kent has seen his stock rise since the MS/AL all-star game. He has long been solid to MSU and will look to contribute after a redshirt at MSU. He has the look of a very good tackle for MSU in the future.
Deon Mix - OL, Batesville, MS.
Perhaps the most talked about commit along the offensive line in this class. Mostly because he is the rare player from South Panola that decides against Ole Miss. He has been probably the most active recruiter for MSU throughout the process as far as commits go. He will look to do more of the same this weekend.
Jamaal Clayborn - OL, Jackson, MS.
And here is perhaps the least talked about offensive line commit in the class. Clayborn has long been solid and will look to prove he was the sleeper in this class for MSU.
Brandon Wells - S, Bogue Chitto, MS.
There has been very little fanfare from the first commitment of the 2013 class for MSU, but he will look to do his talking on the field once he arrives at MSU. He played a host of positions in high school, but projects as a safety at the college level.
Tyre'oune Holmes - WR/DB, Tylertown, MS.
Holmes was a guy that played both ways for his high school and was initially thought to be a slot receiver at the college level, but after a strong week at the MS/AL all-star event on the defensive side of the ball, his versatility has become an appealing asset to him.
Gabe Myles - DB, Starkville, MS.
The local product played QB on the high school level and was a state championship winning QB in high school. He has the hips and the athletic ability to make a rather smooth transition to cornerback on the college level. He will likely redshirt to learn the position.
Mackensie projects at corner and Mackenro at safety. They appear to be a package deal. If MSU makes a strong push this weekend, they could commit. If they do not pull the trigger this weekend or shortly after, you may see where the Bulldogs really stand with them.
Long time MSU commitment, Scott Austin from Biloxi, MS, has been asked to greyshirt recently. It appears he will now take visits and try to find a school that will put him on scholarship. He will visit the UL-Lafeyette Ragin' Cajuns this weekend. Don't expect Scott to remain a part of the 2013 class for MSU much longer. Austin was asked to greyshirt because of the low number of spots left in the 2013 class.