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Bulldogs anticipate national signing day

February 6, 2013

By BEN WAIT
sports@starkvilledailynews.com

For many avid college football fans, today will feature some of the biggest headlines of the college football season.

No, there isn’t a game today or the start of fall practice — it’s National Signing Day. Many recruits will sign with their college choice today.

Some recruits will let their choice be known by announcing it with TV cameras rolling. 

Mississippi State will have a few targets announcing their decision on TV. Immokalee, Fla. native MacKensie Alexander will let his decision be known at 10 a.m. on ESPNU. 

The No. 34 overall recruit by 247 Sports and No. 4 cornerback will choose between MSU, Auburn, Clemson and Texas A&M. 

MacKensie’s twin brother, Mackenro, will decide between MSU, Auburn, West Virginia, Louisville and Rutgers.

The Alexander brothers only visited one school at the same time and that was MSU. 

State’s biggest target, Chris Jones, will announce his decision at 9 a.m. The Houston defensive end is ranked No. 2 in the country by 247 Sports.

He will be deciding between the Bulldogs and Ole Miss. 

Jones spent the last weekend at both schools, but revealed to Bulldawgs 247 that his mind was already made up and the weekend visits would not change his plans.

The Bulldogs have their eyes on many other targets and already have four enrolled in school. 

“I think our guys are working really hard,” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said of recruiting. “I think players out there see what’s going on here.”

The No. 1 recruit in the nation Robert Nkemdiche announce his enrollment decision at 6:30 a.m. on ESPNU. The Loganville, Ga. native will decide between Florida, LSU and Ole Miss.

He decommited from Clemson last year and did visit MSU last summer. His older brother, Denzel, plays for the Rebels, a factor that could play a part in where he commits. 

Starkville High School hosts its signing day at 9 a.m. today. Many will sign with junior colleges, but Gabe Myles will play for MSU.

The 3-star recruit has been committed to MSU for a while and will finally put his name on paper for the Bulldogs.

MSUs’ top targets include Jones, of Houston High School; Alexander, of Immokalee (Fla.) High School; Ashton Shumpert, of Tupelo High School; Deon Mix, of South Panola High School; and Fred Ross, John Tyler High School (Texas).  

Along with Myles joining with MSU, seven other Jackets are expected to sign scholarships.

Jacoby Smith plans to attend Alcorn State, Kentrell Spencer and Raphael McClain are going to Northwest Community College, Jimmy Saulberry looks to make East Central Community College his destination, Johnny Smith is headed to Northeast Community College and Preston Baker and Juwon Johnson are joining East Mississippi Community College. Stanley Higgins is deciding between East Mississippi Community College and Pearl River Community College.

“Those guys played for State championships two out of three in their high school career and that’s incredible,” Starkville football coach Jamie Mitchell said. “They make since I’ve been here (22 players) to move on different places.”

Von Smith and Tiberias Lampkin of West Oktibbeha are expected to make their future college choices known this morning, while Eupora’s Derek Jones will make his commitment to Ole Miss official by signing with the Rebels.

In a signing unrelated to football, Starkville Academy athlete Tiffany Huddleston will sign with the MSU soccer program today.

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