Mississippi: Who's Next?

The summer months have seen several of the top players in the state of Mississippi make their college decisions. The talent pool in the Magnolia State is not as deep as in years past, so the fight to land the remaining prospects should prove to be pretty fierce.

Antonio Conner
Five star safety
South Panola High School

Where things stand: Conner has been rather reclusive over the summer months. The five star safety admittedly is not a big fan of travel, but he is also the kind of player who looks to avoid the individual spotlight.

Conner recently tabbed a top four of Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. It will be a surprise if he actually takes official visits to all four schools considering that he only attended one summer camp.

With his desire to stay close to home, LSU looks to have some work to do. Ole Miss will be factor no matter what the on the field win/loss record is this fall.

Conner plans to announce his college decision at the Under Armour All-American game in January.

Ashton Shumpert
Four star running back/safety
Itawamaba Agricultural High School

Where things stand: In contrast to Conner, Shumpert has visited several schools this summer including Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt among others.

Shumpert continues to play his cards close to his vest when it comes to his position of preference and proximity to home.

The Fulton, Mississippi standout has admitted an attraction to the SEC schools on his list, but he has found some things to like at Oklahoma State.

Shumpert has not set a time frame for a decision other than to say it will be after his senior season.

Jake Thomas
Four star offensive tackle
Columbus High School

Where things stand: Thomas recently attended the Big Dawg camp at Mississippi State and then took an unofficial visit to Stanford.

The four star's ability to camp at 100% this summer was hindered be a foot injury that occurred this spring.

Thomas has favored nearby Mississippi State throughout the process, but has stopped short of committing and plans to continue to go through the process a little longer before making the call.

Quinton Lane
Three star safety
Ackerman High School

Where things stand: Lane is a summer camp and combine success story. The versatile Lane ran sub 4.4 times in Tupelo, Oxford and Starkville.

As a result of his blazing speed, Lane has run from obscurity to notoriety. A strong day at Ole Miss led to an on the spot offer.

At one time, Lane was on the cusp of a commitment to the Rebels, but elected to prolong his courtship.

While Lane continues to play the field, look for the home state Rebels to remain at the top of his list.

Jamaal Clayborn
Three star offensive guard
Jackson Academy

Where things stand: Jamaal came to prominence during the spring evaluation period. Mississippi State was the first to offer and Southern Miss quickly followed suit.

Clayborn wanted to get a closer look at several programs during the summer months including LSU and Ole Miss. So far neither have offered.

The quick footed offensive lineman reported prior to his camping trip to Oxford that he was close to a decision.

That decision may come as soon as this weekend which would appear to favor Dan Mullen and Mississippi State.

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