The Big Dawg Camp is traditionally a pretty big recruiting event for Dan Mullen's program, and it has paid off some in helping the class of 2017 grow. Mississippi State was able to earn three valuable commitments last night, all three of which are designed to help the Bulldogs improve at the line of scrimmage.
The first commitment came from East Mississippi Community College's Tyre Phillips:
EMCC OL Tyre Phillips has committed to Mississippi State— Steve Robertson (@ScoutSteveR) July 23, 2016
It feels great to be apart of the Mississippi State family. #HAILSTATE #Commited— iamtyrephillips (@Tyrethefuture) July 23, 2016
Phillips is a mountain of a man lined up at offensive guard, standing at 6-6 and 350 pounds. Phillips is originally from Scooba, Mississippi and was also being recruited by Georgia and Colorado. The addition of Phillips will add much needed depth and size to John Hevesy's offensive line and he'll likely have a good shot at competing for a job as soon as he gets on campus.
The second commitment of the evening came from defensive lineman Deion Pope of Copiah-Lincoln Community College:
DL Deion Pope of Co-Lin commits to Mississippi State— Steve Robertson (@ScoutSteveR) July 23, 2016
Pope is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive front, weighing in at 275 pounds and 6-4. Pope was recruited primarily by new defensive line coach Brian Baker. Pope choosing Mississippi State is pretty big because he had a variety of offers from other schools around the SEC and nation, including Auburn and Alabama as well as Southern California.
The third and final commitment of the night came from Cordavien Suggs from Neptune Beach, Florida:
BREAKING: Duncan U. Fletcher (Fla) offensive tackle Cordavian Suggs commits to MSU.— Robbie Faulk (@robbiefaulk247) July 23, 2016
I'm officially a DAWG [ Committed ] #HailState pic.twitter.com/ckyyJutTd8— Cordavien Suggs™ (@_73era) July 23, 2016
Suggs is the 8th ranked offensive tackle from the football talent rich state of Florida and stands at a towering 6-7 and 286 pounds. Suggs is a talented high schooler that will likely grow into his frame under MSU's weight training regimen and should be able to develop into a solid contributor for the Bulldogs. Suggs has received a great deal of interest and many offers from across the nation, from several universities in his home state of Florida up to South Carolina and Tennessee, and then all the way out to Washington State.
The Bulldogs now have 20 commitments for the class of 2017, 6 of whom are currently junior college players. Below is the full class of 2017 as it stands right now