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SMITH COLUMN: Bulldogs see an impressive list of football commits

June 13, 2012

Smith

There's already quite an impressive list of high school football players that have committed to playing for Mississippi State.

With Tuesday's news that Starkville High School's Gabe Myles, West Bolivar running back Kailo Moore and Pinson, Ala., wide receiver DeAndre Woods want to join the Bulldogs, that increases the total to 10 players that have made that decision.

It's a long time until February and anything can happen, but MSU appears to be setting itself up for a pretty incredible signing class for 2013.

For people who follow the SHS Yellowjackets, they have witnessed what Myles can do on the field.

Myles took over for Jaquez Johnson at quarterback and led the Jackets to
the Class 5A State championship game. He threw for 1,845 yards and rushed for 849 more yards.

The Bulldogs are recruiting Myles to play defensive back and it certainly looks like he has the skills for that. Myles is a tremendous athlete who can adapt to just about any position.

This is not the first time MSU has recruited a dual-position player out of an area high school and has gone on to excel at a primary position.

A few years ago, Johnthan Banks, a quarterback and defensive back for East Webster, came to Starkville to play for the Bulldogs. Going into the preseason, Banks has already found his way onto an All-American list so things have worked out pretty well for him.

It will be interesting to see if Myles takes advantage of that same opportunity.

MSU may not need Myles on offense if players like Moore and Woods are added to the mix in the future.

Moore has been a key contributor at West Bolivar that finished with a 15-1 record last season. He had 6.8 yards per carry as a junior. Woods caught 36 passes for 460 yards and 10 touchdowns with another 65 yards rushing.

South Panola offensive lineman Deon Mix also announced his intentions to play with the Bulldogs on Sunday and anytime a program can land a prospect from the talented Tigers then it's a good thing.

Of course, nothing is official until the players put their names on the dotted line of a national letter of intent and can still change their minds.

It sounds like Myles, Moore, Woods and Mix are pretty solid right now.

Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.

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