Last month, Mississippi State announced that they would be welcoming five early enrollees in January for the 2015 Bulldog recruiting class: ATH Deddrick Thomas, ATH Malik Dear, OT Martinas Rankin, DL Johnathan Calvin, and WR Donald Gray. We expected that would be all that the Bulldogs would bring in before the summer, however that changed today.
MSU announced today that it has also welcomed in as a part of its early enrollee class 3-star offensive tackle Michael Story of Ripley, Mississippi. The news was first reported by 247sports and Kedrick Storey of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
Ripley senior LT Michael Story has accepted a scholarship offer from Mississippi State. Story is an early enrollee. Will start this week.— Kedrick Storey (@Kedthesportsguy) January 12, 2015
Story is 6-5, 285. Turned 17 back in August. Could be a HS junior right now. Graded out at 90% senior year. Tremendous upside.— Kedrick Storey (@Kedthesportsguy) January 12, 2015
Story held offers from Troy, ULL and ULM. Had interest from Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Georgia.— Kedrick Storey (@Kedthesportsguy) January 12, 2015
Story fills a need for the Bulldogs at offensive tackle created when commit Tommy Champion headed to JUCO this winter instead of signing with MSU. His signing and enrolling gives the Bulldogs two offensive linemen already on campus with an additional two committed. The Bulldogs will be looking to add depth to a unit that will lose starters Dillon Day, Ben Beckwith and Blaine Clausell in 2015.
From taking a quick look at his HUDL highlights, Story certainly seems like a guy worth bringing in for MSU. Story blocks through every whistle; you better be ready if you're lining up against him. With that kind of nasty streak as an offensive lineman, Hevesy, Mullen and a few years in the weight program could turn him into quite an imposing figure on MSU's future offensive lines.