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The talented Hutchinson C.C. (KS) defensive tackle took his official visit to MSU this past weekend, but ultimately decided that the best place for him was in Athens.
You can watch the Hutchinson C.C. DT make his decision public right here via the livestream.
After capping off an enjoyable weekend visit to Mississippi State this past weekend, it looks like we are close to knowing the final decision of Hutchinson C.C. defensive tackle Toby Johnson.
Johnson, a former Mississippian, finally took his long-awaited visit to Starkville over the weekend, and seemingly came away impressed. Johnson talked with Bulldawgs 247 ($), and talked of how he came away impressed with the bond between MSU players, the coaching staff, and just the overall experience on the weekend. Despite having "the mom factor" going this weekend -- Johnson's mom lives in the delta, and he got to see her for the first time in awhile over the weekend -- he still has not tipped his hat as to who may gain his services come Tuesday. He did tell Paul that he would announce his decision around 2 p.m., and that he'd probably put it on Twitter so that everyone will know when he decides.
2013 prospect Toby Johnson tells Bulldawgs247 he will make his college decision Tuesday at 2 p.m. 247sports.com/Player/Toby-Jo…— Paul Jones (@PJ247Sports) February 18, 2013
Although some State parties feel good about gaining Johnson's signature come Tuesday, it's unclear who he may choose. Auburn was another strong suitor for Toby, as was Georgia. The advantage that MSU may have at this point, as noted by Paul Jones earlier in the weekend, is Johnson's decision coming after National Signing Day, and how some classes have filled since then. Auburn signed a deep and talented class on the defensive front, and it will be interesting to see if or how that plays into Toby's decision. We should know soon.
enjoyed my visit to Miss State twitter.com/Future020113SE…— Toby Johnson (@Future020113SEC) February 17, 2013
Johnson would be a huge late addition to the 2013 class for MSU. Despite depth at his position, Johnson could contribute immediately, should his rehabilitation allow such. At one time, he was the #1 ranked junior college player, according to 247 sports.
The 4-star defensive tackle by way of Hutchinson Community College will take his final visit this weekend to Mississippi State before announcing his decision next week.
I offer my final thoughts on the 2013 class that MSU signed.
A late addition to the 2013 signing class, Jahmere Irvin-Sills has committed to Mississippi State, and will sign with the Bulldogs.
Keep up with who has signed throughout the day right here in our running tally updated as each LOI comes in.
The remaining two unsigned members of MSU's 2013 recruiting class will go the junior college and greyshirt route, respectively.
One of the most highly anticipate LOI's of this signing class is in as Fred Ross signs with Mississippi State.
One of the more peculiar recruiting stories to follow this season is officially over, as the talented 5-star Florida recruit picks Clemson over Mississippi State and Auburn.
The Birmingham, Alabama product signed this morning with Mississippi State.
The Memphis area athlete signs with the Bulldogs.
After weeks of Bulldog fans sweating it out, all the worry is officially gone, as the 5-star DE from Houston has inked with Mississippi State.
The 4-star running back made his commitment official this morning by signing with the maroon and white.
The Jackson Academy offensive lineman inks with State.
The talented hometown athlete took the first step towards following in his fathers footsteps today by signing with MSU.
The talented quarterback from the New Orleans area officially inks with MSU.
Bulldog fans, come here to discuss the day's events..
The first surprise of the day is in as Deon Mix of South Panola signs with the Auburn Tigers.
The Bouge Chitto standout has faxed in his LOI to play for MSU.
Kent Flowers makes his commitment to MSU official this morning by singing with the Bulldogs.
The talented offensive lineman from nearby Columbus made his pledge to MSU official this morning, signing with MSU.
The standout Georgia cornerback adds his LOI to MSU's 2013 class.
The Birmingham, Alabama talent becomes the Bulldogs second LOI received of the day.
Cord Sandberg's LOI is in, and the Bradenton, Florida native is officially a Bulldog.
The Tyler, Texas wide receiver made the flip to Mississippi State, and will be a key for MSU's 2013 signing class.
Weeks after MSU flipped Southern Miss commit Damian Williams, the Golden Eagles have returned the favor, stealing away the Tylertown athlete.
The staff predicts where MSU's remaining targets will end up on Wednesday.
No middle ground here, the feast or famine, examined (ooh, a rhyme)
Getting you ready for Mississippi State's 2013 National Signing Day.
We take a look at some of the happenings around the world of MSU football recruiting in the final weekend before national signing day.
I'll try my hand at predicting where MSU's remaining targets end up, and thecristilmethod comes on to try as well.
Just 5 days before National Signing Day, here are the latest happenings inside MSU football recruiting.
Who will be on campus this weekend and where do they stand in their recruitment? Also a few 2014 names expected to be at MSU's first junior day for the 2014 class.
Some big time targets remaining in the Mississippi State recruiting class won't make their decisions known until National Signing Day.
MSU fans had heard talk of the possibility for some time now, but last night, it appears that it finally took place. After supposedly being asked to greyshirt in early January by the MSU coaching staff, former MSU commit and Biloxi native wide receiver Scott Austin has decommitted from the Bulldogs, and committed to Mark Hudspeth's UL-Lafeyette squad.
UL picks up commitments from LB George Debo Williams and WR Scott Austin last night!— Louisiana Scout.Com (@LouisianaScout) January 31, 2013
Again, MSU fans that follow recruiting have heard that Austin was asked to greyshirt since early January. After the coaching staff asked that of him, he began to look around, and in that time took official visits to UL-L and South Alabama. It looks like Scott liked what he saw in Lafayette, as he will become a member of their 2013 signing class.
I hate that that happened to Austin, but so is the nature of recruiting sometimes. Best of luck to him playing for Hudspeth down in Bayou country.
Taking a look at how many spots MSU has filled, and how many more potential signees State could squeeze in on NSD.
Tolando Cleveland, a long time Georgia Tech commit, committed to MSU after a late push by Dan Mullen and company.
After cancelled flights forced 4-star JUCO defensive tackle Toby Johnson to miss his Mississippi State official visit last weekend, it looks like the Bulldogs will get him for his final official visit, but not before signing day.
DT Toby Johnson will visit Miss. State next week. He'll choose between MSU, Auburn, Georgia, OU on Feb. 13, per UGAsports.com— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) January 30, 2013
The 6'4.5" 310 lb star out of Hutchinson (KS) C.C. will visit Auburn this weekend, and will take his final official visit to Mississippi State next weekend on the weekend of February 9th. Initially following the delayed MSU visit, Johnson talked of visiting MSU Thursday and Friday and Auburn Saturday and Sunday, but he ultimately decided to delay signing so that he could visit both for a full weekend, instead of squeezing in both trips this weekend. That also means that Johnson will push back his signing date to February 13th, one week after the signing period opens, to accommodate the revised visit schedule.
MSU has to feel good about getting Johnson for his final visit before he signs. Although he is presumed to be leaning towards Georgia, he has family in Mississippi, and that may play a role in his final decision. A late addition of Johnson to this class would provide a boost not only in star power, but in depth on the defensive front, as Johnson could be an immediate contributor if he is healthy next fall.
The Stockton, California native got a late offer and took a visit to MSU last weekend, but has ultimately decided to stay with his original commitment to the Fresno State variety of Bulldogs.
The Ohio native finally got the firm offer that he had been waiting for from Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, and Tuesday afternoon took advantage of it, changing his commitment to Ohio State.
MSU fans heard all week last week that State would have a secret visitor this past weekend, and finally this morning, we know who that visitor was.
Tyler TX wide receiver Fred Ross had an official visit to MSU this weekend.He is currently committed to Oky State— Cowbellclang-John (@johnboy4713) January 28, 2013
The 6'2" 185 lb Ross has been committed to the Cowboys since early 2012, but decided to visit MSU this past weekend. Ross kept the visit quiet as to not upset the OSU coaching staff.
Ross would undoubtedly be a huge addition to the MSU class of 2013 should he decide to change his commitment following the visit. The wide out holds offers from Oklahoma State, Baylor, Missouri, and West Virginia, among others. He is currently ranked as the 43rd best wide receiver prospect on the 247 Sports network, and is rated as the 44th best prospect in the state of Texas for 2013.
As Ross is from the same area as early MSU enrollee Jeremey Chappelle, it seems that we can thank Mr. Chappelle at least in part for getting Ross to take a visit to MSU.
The Metairie signal caller committed to the Bulldogs following a visit to Starkville this weekend.
A shocker for the Bulldog class of 2013 tonight as offensive lineman recruit Deon Mix out of South Panola decommits this evening.
On the backside of another recruiting weekend, we give you updates on on the recruits that were in Starkville this weekend, and a few that weren't.
See who will be in town this weekend, as well other developments with MSU's recruiting efforts.
The 3-star prospect out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale had been the target of heavy MSU interest as of late, but decided late Thursday night to stick with his commitment to Houston.
6'6 De'Runnya Wilson ended his recruitment Tuesday when he picked MSU.
The 3-star quarterback from national high school power St. Thomas Aquinas got the offer from MSU that many have expected for awhile. The question now is if MSU waited too late to land his services.
One of the biggest questions surrounding Mississippi State's 2013 football recruiting class has been whether or not star quarterback commit Cord Sandberg will make it to campus next fall. Sandberg, in addition to being a standout dual-threat QB for Manatee HS in Florida, is also an outstanding high school baseball player. So much so that some have projected him in the top three rounds for the 2013 MLB Draft in June. Even though Sandberg still has not made his decision to come to Starkville next fall or to pursue a career in the major leagues of baseball, it does now appear that we know when that decision will be made.
In his interview with Bulldawgs 247 ($) manager Paul Jones following his official visit to Mississippi State this weekend, Cord told Paul that he expects to know whether or not he will attend college "within two to three days after the draft".
2013 MSU commit Cord Sandberg tells Bulldawgs247 he would likely need just 2-3 days after the MLB Draft to know which direction he would go— Paul Jones (@PJ247Sports) January 21, 2013
Even though this doesn't give State fans any definitive answer as to Sandberg's plans, it does give an approximate date as to when we will learn of his future. This was probably expected, as Cord will likely see where he is taken and the money for that slot before he makes his decision. Another interesting aspect of Cord's decision will be the draft's new signing bonus rules. Under the new rules for the draft, a MLB team has a pool of money to spend collectively on its draftees. And if a draftee doesn't sign? The team loses the money allotted for that slot; they can not spend it on one of their other draft picks. That will make a lot of franchises look harder at who they draft, and with Sandberg clearly having other options besides the pro baseball at this time, that may hold teams off from taking him in the higher rounds.
Recent rumblings seem to indicate that there is more and more of a chance that Sandberg makes it to Starkville this fall to play football, but a lot can change -- including Sandberg's prospects for the 2013 MLB Draft -- from now until June's draft.
Another interesting note in Sandberg's talk with Paul was that it looks like he most likely will not try to play two sports at MSU. Although Cord does not rule it out completely, he reiterates that it would be quite tough to do so. I know myself among many others had wondered about that, as you see from time to time student athletes play more than one sport at the collegiate level. Although choosing football and college won't necessarily end Sandberg's baseball chances -- we've seen college football players get drafted before by baseball teams after not swinging a bat for years -- it does seem like his looming decision may see him decide between football and baseball for his foreseeable athletic future.
Related: Sandberg ranked #92 in Perfect Game's latest Top 300 draft prospects
Avon (IN) defensive end Elijah Daniel has committed to Ole Miss, Rivals.com's Neal McCready reports.
The 5-star defensive end chose the Rebels over Mississippi State and Florida. As late as November of last year Daniels had MSU at the top along with Ole Miss, but State had been shifted down behind the Rebels and Florida as of late. That didn't stop the Bulldog coaching staff from recruiting Daniel hard, but in the end, he chose Ole Miss.
Many expected Daniel to make this commitment to Ole Miss for some time now due to him saying on numerous occasions that he wants to play with Robert Nkemdiche in college. Nkemdiche, the consensus #1 player in the class of 2013 and brother of Ole Miss rising sophomore Denzel Nkemdiche, has been a rumored Ole Miss lean for awhile, and is expected to sign with the Rebels when National Signing Day rolls around. With Nkemdiche presumably headed to Ole Miss, it looks like Daniel has made that his destination as well.
Get the latest on this weekends official visitors and some other developments.
Get my predictions here on where the top targets left on MSU's board are going.
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls' thecristilmethod and JLgrindin teamed up to talk the latest in Mississippi State Bulldogs football recruiting as National Signing Day nears.
The Memphis standout ended his recruitment and picked MSU on Friday.
New 2014 commit, Wilson and Smith replaced, and many other new developments as signing day approaches.
This is where you go to get all the latest on MSU recruits and commits.
Big time in-state athlete, Ashton Shumpert, finally made the call on Monday.
Get your update on MSU's 2013 class and the rumors surrounding Chris Jones and who else MSU is looking at to fill the remaining spots in the class.
The Baltimore, Maryland native chose the Hurricanes over Mississippi State and Texas Tech.
With the holidays behind us, we have a wild end to the 2013 recruiting class ahead. Get an update here.
JUCO signing day recap and countdown to signing day 2013.
The nation's number one JUCO prospect has signed with Ole Miss, choosing the Rebels over Mississippi State, Washington, and Auburn, among others.
The 4* JUCO prospect by way of East Mississippi Community College is now officially a Bulldog. He chose MSU over offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and many others.
In the first shocking announcement of the 2013 JUCO early signing period, MSU target Za'Darius Smith has signed with the Kentucky Wildcats. The ultra-talented defender out of East Mississippi CC made his decision official today as he signed with Kentucky over MSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, and others.
The Tyler (TX) Community College standout made his commitment to MSU official today by signing on the dotted line.
Sanders committed to the Aggies over MSU, South Carolina, and Ohio State.
Sanders, at one time, was considered to potentially have MSU near the top of his list, but reportedly always had A&M at or near the top, and this evening, made that official by committing to the Aggies.
Sanders finally ended all speculation tonight with his commitment to A&M. He will sign with the Aggies tomorrow in the first day of the JUCO signing period, his father tells 247.
Overall, this isn't a huge miss for MSU. Admittedly, State fans had their hopes up a bit last week as Tommy listed State as a finalist, but that changed multiple times since then and his commitment this evening.
State's attention now fully turns toward the decisions of Lavon Hooks and Za'Darius Smith. Hooks is the number one rated JUCO prospect and a talented 5* defensive tackle out of Northeast Mississippi CC. Hooks is expected to commit and sign with either MSU, Ole Miss, or Washington as early as tomorrow.
Smith is a highly sought after defensive end from East Mississippi CC, and is, like Sanders, expected to have the Bulldogs and Aggies in his top favorites. As a State fan, you have to hope/wonder that the Aggies taking Sanders as a part of their near-capacity class will not leave room for Smith, leaving State at the forefront of his favorites list. Stay tuned, as Hooks and Smith decisions could come soon.
Get your recruiting fix right here with updates on Chris Jones, Lavon Hooks, Kailo Moore, Ashton Shumpert, Gabe Myles, and other Bulldog football recruiting targets.
Earlier in the week, it appeared that Mississippi State still had a chance to land **** JUCO CB Carroll Washington. The Georgia native, who took an official visit to Starkville this past weekend, announced earlier this week that he would officially make his decision and sign with (assumedly) either Arkansas or MSU next Wednesday. However, after officially meeting with new Arkansas coach Brett Bielema today, it appears that decision is already final:
Next Year I'm taking my talents to Fayetteville. It's official. #HogNation— Carroll Washington(@No_Fly_Zone4) December 14, 2012
Missing on Washington is tough, but it may have been a long shot for State to begin with. Washington had been committed to the Hogs since August, but there was a slight chance that MSU could edge their way in, depending on the hire that the Razorbacks made. But, after Washington finally met with Bielema, it appears he left satisfied and will head to Fayetteville in January.
We passed along earlier this week the story from 247 Sports stating that Butler CC LB Tommy Sanders would announce his commitment today.
Now, it appears, that may be up in the air.
Even if Sanders announces his commitment today, it will most likely not be over for him until signing day, as the new staff at Auburn as well as South Carolina have made a push within the last 48 hours. According to Sanders' 247 player profile timeline, he was visited by Gamecock assistant Kirk Botkin and new Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn since announcing that he would commit on Wednesday.
Sanders hoped to receive a scholarship offer from Ohio State on his visit there this past weekend ($), but it appears that he did not and still has not as of right now. Additionally, the Texas A&M Aggies, who appeared to be his leader for awhile, are still trying to decide if they have room for him as well.
What seemed to be a clear cut race between three teams has apparently now widened back out to five teams. Even if Sanders commits today, he will still take his visit this weekend to either Auburn or Columbia, so it won't be over for sure until the pen hits the paper in February.
Stay tuned, we will keep you updated as best we can on this.
Here's highlight tape on Sanders at Butler CC.
[UPDATE] - Just as soon as I published the info above, Auburn's 247 site ran a story ($) saying that Sanders would definitely visit either South Carolina or Auburn this weekend, and his decision would be pushed back until next week after he has wrapped up visits. It also says (via one of Sanders' coaches) that Sanders will now likely decide between Texas A&M, Ohio State, South Carolina, and Auburn. Looks like State is officially out of the running on this one.
State will find out the decision of one targeted JUCO recruit tomorrow as Tommy Sanders is set to make his decision, and the Bulldogs found out today that another coveted JUCO target will make his decision next week.
**** Hartnell (CA) College cornerback Carroll Washington is set to make his decision final as he plans to sign next Wednesday, December 19th. The news was reported on his Twitter account earlier this evening.
JuCo CB Carroll Washington "@no_fly_zone4: It's set, Wednesday dec. 19th I'm signing officially to my new school at my home @ 12pm.— Steve Robertson (@ScoutSteveR) December 11, 2012
Carroll has been an Arkansas commitment since early August, but MSU has made a late push for the CB's services, and is anticipated to have a chance at signing him. It is expected that Washington will decide between Arkansas and MSU on Wednesday.
The tweet also mentions that the signing will be on television, but a quick check of Washington's timeline does not indicate which channel.
**** Butler (Kansas) CC LB Tommy Sanders is set to announce his commitment this upcoming Wednesday ($), Paul Jones with Bulldawgs 247 reports.
Sanders is expected to decide between Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and Ohio State on Wednesday.
The three star wide receiver joined Corey Smith in committing to Mississippi State this weekend.
The four star JUCO wide receiver prospect chose the Bulldogs on his official visit over the weekend.
State is after several big time recruits for the 2013 defensive back class. Could Banks' Thorpe Award help land some of those recruits?
Closing time is coming for the 2013 class. How will MSU cap off its 2013 class?
The 4 star Holmes wide ou Rumph chooses Georgia over Mississippi State as his destination of choice in the SEC.
The 6'5" 215lb wide out at Holmes CC will choose between Georgia, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, and Florida on Wednesday.
Football recruiting updates and a new 2013 basketball commitment, plus three basketball signees.
This week's recruiting fix for the readers of FWtCT.
Former signee and current EMCC defensive back, Justin Cox, commits to Dan Mullen and company.
Get the latest in what is going on with MSU recruiting as of October 25th. How will the 2013 class shape up? What is going on with the 2013 commits?
Alabama announced their all-stars last week and today the Mississippi rosters were announced for the MS/AL all-star game set for December 15th in Mobile.
Prospects were out in large numbers to see the Bulldogs Saturday night. There were a handful of targets from the 2013 and the 2014 classes.
Bulldogs offer under-the-radar Tylertown native Holmes, gain 19th commitment from the 5'10" 165 lb wide receiver.
How will MSU's season affect recruiting? Who's next to commit? What positions do the Dawgs need to focus on to finish out the 2013 class? What big time names are still out there? And an overall assessment of the 2013 class so far? It's all here.
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