One of the top football players in Mississippi has decided to be a Mississippi State Bulldog as Jamoral Graham sent in his Letter of Intent to play for Mississippi State.
The four-star athlete had been committed to Mississippi State since May of 2013, and today, the Newton County product made that commitment official.
Third fax in: 5-10, 165-pound WR Jamoral Graham from Decatur, Miss. (Newton County HS). #HailState— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) February 5, 2014
For a talented player, Graham really went about shutting down his recruitment early, announcing a school his junior year. He went to Mississippi State's junior day and took visits to Ole Miss and Alabama during the spring of his junior season before committing to Mississippi State that May. This decision probably limited the number of offers he received, but he is the caliber of player that any school would like to pick up on signing day.
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Newton County HS - Decatur, Mississippi
Height - 5'11"
Weight - 180 lbs
40 - 4.5
13-14 (sr) 45 carries, 405 yards, 6 TD; 7 catches, 91 yards, 1 TD,
12-13 (jr) 51 carries, 495 yards, 6 TD; 24 catches, 464 yards, 5 TD
Recruiting Service Ranking
247Sports - 4-star (#7 MS, #18 ATH), 92 Grade
Scout - 4-star (#48 WR)
Rivals - 4-star (#7 MS, #22 ATH), 5.7 Grade
Mississippi State, LSU, Ole Miss, Southern Miss
FWtCTrecruitings's Quick Thoughts
Mississippi State and Graham impressed each other early in the process, and the Bulldogs saw their first commit decide to stick the whole way through with the Bulldogs. In Graham, Mississippi State picks up a talented player that will be able to produce in a variety of ways on the field. Do not just judge him by his offensive statistics, as he was a handyman an multiple offensive and defensive positions in high school.
HIGH SCHOOL: An elite four-star athlete for head coach Jackie Williamson at Newton County High School ... Rated by ESPN.com as the third-best prospect in the state and at No. 119 on the ESPN300 ... Cited by ESPN.com as having exceptional versatility, speed, ball skills and playmaking ability ... A 2013 Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen honoree, the first ever from Newton County ... Selected to participate in the 2013 All-Gridiron First Team by the Mississippi Gridiron ... Chosen to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, but did not take part in the contest due to injury ... Earned spots in the a Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and Army All-American games ... A member of the MaxPreps 2013 Mississippi Preseason All-State Football Team ... Named to the 2013 247Sports All-State All-Prospect Third-Team Offense as an athlete ... Has been clocked at 4.42 in the 40-yard dash ... Helped the Cougars score 263 points, an average of 26.3 per game as a senior ... During final campaign, tallied 52 rushes for 421 yards and five touchdowns as well as seven receptions for 91 yards and one TD ... Returned three punt returns for 79 yards and a score ... On defense, picked up 38 tackles (26 solos), 3.0 tackles for lost yardage, three sacks, four pass breakups and one forced fumble ... Filled in at quarterback in the fifth week of the campaign, completed 6-of-9 passes for 75 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 103 yards and three scores in a 33-10 win against West Lauderdale ... In the second week of the season, caught five passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the second quarter alone versus Choctaw Central ... Named the top performer at the Steve Robertson's annual Southern Select combine prior to senior season ... During junior year, accounted for 1,430 all-purpose yards and caught 24 passes for 464 yards, averaging 19.3 yards per catch ... Rushed for 495 yards as a junior ... Finished with a team-best 12 touchdowns, 11 coming on the offensive side of the ball ... Defensively, chipped in with 21 hits, seven pass breakups and one interception ... Earned a place on the U.S. Air Force 2010 Freshman All-American Team as an athlete after averaging 34.1 yards per punt return ... Ran track for the Cougars, competing in the 100 and 200-meter dashes as well as the 4x200-meter relay ... Placed third in the 100-meter dash at the 2011 state championship meet ... Helped the 4x200-meter unit to a second-place finish at the state meet.