An exciting buzz surrounded the Mississippi State football program with its Big Dawg Camp and prospects of gaining the commitment of talented players, and by the end of Friday, that buzz had grown into one of the loudest roars in the history of Mississippi State recruiting, highlighted by Jamal Peters committing to Mississippi State.
The day started when news out of Hoover let Mississippi State fans know that Justin Johnson, a 3-star wide receiver from Hoover (Ala.), had committed to Mississippi State.
Hoover three-star receiver Justin Johnson tells me he is a Bulldog— Robbie Faulk (@Rivals_Robbie) July 18, 2014
Business continued to pick up for Mississippi State as Alec Murphy decided he wanted to be a Bulldog.
Not 100% official on Alec Murphy just yet but he is all but committed. MSU will have its second running back in the class shortly.— Robbie Faulk (@Rivals_Robbie) July 18, 2014
After this announcement, the commitments seemed to snowball. Next up, one of the nation's top running backs, Nick Gibson decided to announce his intent to play for Mississippi State.
Nick Gibson was one of the biggest movers in the last rankings going all the way to #109 in the country.— Robbie Faulk (@Rivals_Robbie) July 18, 2014
If picking up three commitments made fans happy, their night would get better as Mississippi State only reached the halfway point with the commitment of Jonnas Spivey.
Jonnas Spivey is number four on the night. Just text to confirm his commitment.— Robbie Faulk (@Rivals_Robbie) July 18, 2014
The Bulldogs fifth commitment of the night almost seemed predestined as Copiah-Lincoln 3-star defensive end John Calvin decided he wants to play for Mississippi State.
Co Lin three star DE John Calvin commits— Robbie Faulk (@Rivals_Robbie) July 18, 2014
The next commitment sent an extra jolt through the night, and it will surely be a hot recruiting topic as Bassfield's Jamal Peters decided to commit to join the Mississippi State 2015 recruiting class.
Historic day in Starkville. Justin Johnson, Alec Murphy, Nick Gibson, Jonnas Spivey, Johnathan Calvin and now Jamal Peters.— Robbie Faulk (@Rivals_Robbie) July 18, 2014
While talk of committing was dominating twitter, Leo Lewis's decommitment from Alabama changed the game for several teams.
Oh boy... Leo Lewis decommits from Alabama @AndrewJBone— Robbie Faulk (@Rivals_Robbie) July 18, 2014
While Lewis did not commit to anyone Friday, Dee Nalls, a 2016 offensive lineman from Fayette, Alabama, decided to go ahead and join the party.
2016 offensive lineman Dee Nalls of Fayette Ala. commits to MSU— Robbie Faulk (@Rivals_Robbie) July 19, 2014
Even with all of this, Mississippi State still had more commitments Friday. The Bulldogs snagged a Mountie as 3-star Keith Mixon committed to Mississippi State.
MSU is not done yet. They've taken a commitment from three-star athlete Keith Mixon who might be one of most explosive players in southeast.— Robbie Faulk (@Rivals_Robbie) July 19, 2014
The Shades Valley High School star is a teammate of 5-star defensive tackle Daron Payne, and Payne expressed interest in Mississippi State.
Five star defensive tackle Daron Payne. Teammate Mixon just committed. RT @RETROLIVIN_: I'm feeling Mississippi State bruh!— Robbie Faulk (@Rivals_Robbie) July 19, 2014
In all, the Bulldogs picked up eight commitments on the night, seven of which belong to the signing class of 2015. The Bulldogs finished the day with the largest class in the nation, and they could still expand it by five to seven players.
After MSU's big day, they now sit at 25 commits (most in the country) with the #7 class so far.— Robbie Faulk (@Rivals_Robbie) July 19, 2014
Now that the Bulldogs have picked up these commitments, the process of holding these and expanding the class will continue. No matter how it all plays out, it appears the Bulldogs have upped their recruiting game this year.