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Bulldogs look to grab top 25 national class

February 6, 2013

Starkville High School's Gabe Myles is expected to sign with Mississippi State this morning. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

Mississippi State fans have much to be excited about on National Signing Day.

The Bulldogs have their sights set on a top 25 class nationally. HailState TV will stream a live broadcast of MSU's signing day from the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex starting at 8 a.m. today. Jim Ellis, Matt Wyatt and Bart Gregory will host the event with MSU head coach Dan Mullen joining them throughout the broadcast.

Mullen will address the media this afternoon inside the football complex.

"(Recruits see) the great direction the program's headed and the great direction the university's headed," Mullen said in early January. "With facilities, stadium expansion, sold out crowds, unbelievable game day atmosphere and we are averaging eight wins a year over the last three years. Hopefully, we keep striving to get better. I want to increase that total. I want to get that average up to nine, 10, 11, 12 wins a year as we move forward. I think guys see that and I think there is a lot of excitement around the program with players choosing to come play for us."

The biggest target for the Bulldogs who's decision is still in the air is Chris Jones. The Houston defensive lineman is the No. 2 ranked prospect by 247 Sports. 

The No. 2 ranked defense end will make his decision known at 9 a.m. He is choosing between MSU and Ole Miss.

Jones spent the last weekend at both universities, but he told Bulldawgs 247 that his mind was already made up and the weekend wasn't going to change that.

The Bulldogs lost a commitment from Deon Mix a couple of weeks ago. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive lineman from South Panola is still pretty high on the Bulldogs, but his decommitment has some people rattled.
Mix would be a big pickup for MSU.

"Offensive line obviously is a big need for us this year," Mullen said.
Immokalee, Fla. native MacKensie Alexander will make his decision known at 10 a.m. on ESPNU. 

The No. 4 ranked cornerback by 247 Sports will choose between MSU, Auburn, Clemson and Texas A&M.

MacKensie's twin brother Mackenro also has Mississippi State in his sights. The Alexanders only made one visit to one school at the same time. That school was MSU.

Mackenro will not be announcing his decision on national TV.

The Bulldogs lost a walk-on quarterback in Jamil Golden before the spring semester started. That leaves them two scholarship signal callers in Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott. MSU has a handful of walk-ons but they want more support at the most important position.

"Quarterback is a big need for us this year," Mullen said.
The Bulldogs have gotten commits from Cord Sandberg and Damian Williams.
Sandberg is rated a 3-star recruit by 247 Sports. He is from Bradenton, Fla. and played his high school ball at Manatee. 

He also plays baseball and there has been talk off him playing baseball for MSU, but he is also considering going professional.

Williams was committed to the University of Southern Mississippi, but visited the Bulldogs the weekend of Jan. 25. He was offered a scholarship at the end of the visit and committed on the spot.

MSU is also looking for some help at wide receiver. Most of the targets on the outside for the Bulldogs in 2012 were seniors.

State already has one receiver enrolled in school in Tyler (Texas) Junior College product Jeremey Chappelle. Shelby Christy of Geismar, La., De'Runnya Wilson of Birmingham, Ala. and B.J. Hammond of Gadsden, Ala. have all committed to MSU.

With five wide receivers in the class, the Bulldogs are still after one more. 

Fred Ross of Tyler High School (Texas) has been committed to Oklahoma State since Feb. 2, 2012. He visited Mississippi State on the weekend of Jan. 25. Late Tuesday night he switched his commitment to Mississippi State.

Along with Chappelle, MSU has three others already enrolled. East Mississippi Community College safety Justin Cox and two Hargrave Military Academy players Kivon Coman and Artimas Samuel are already on campus.

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