Alabama prospects flock to Starkville

‘Tis the season for Junior Days, unofficial visits and new offers as the recruiting cycle shifts from 2013 to 2014, and Mississippi State had its big event over the weekend. The state of Alabama had several of its prospects in town for Junior Day, and the Bulldogs impressed in the process.

Mississippi State had a dozen players from the state of Alabama on its 2012 roster, so it's no surprise that underclassmen prospects from the area often find themselves invited to events in Starkville.

The latest example of this was MSU's Junior Day on Saturday, in which several from the Yellowhammer State traveled west to take in the event.

"I liked it a lot," said Albertville (Ala.) two-way lineman Tyler Jones." Got a tour of the place then got to see the Ole Miss-State [basketball] game."

The versatile Jones, who is seeking his first offer, admitted that Mississippi State hadn't pursued him much in the past. But now, it is something each side is working on.

"They told me they want to get to know me better and they want me to go to camp," he added. "I'm sure I'll try to get out to Starkville for a camp."

A player on the other end of the spectrum is Mortimer Jordan (Ala.) quarterback Devlin Hodges, who has had SEC interest since prior to his junior season.

"I had a pretty good time!" he informed Scout shortly after returning home from the trip. "I'm just waiting to tear up these camps."

The staff in Starkville is high on the dual-threat QB.

"They told me I was one of their top guys on their board," said Hodges. "They want me to camp there in the summer.

"Mark it down; I'm tearing them all up!"

Quade Alexander is in a different boat. Fielding his first offer from Southern Miss in the last week, his trip to State was more about getting familiar with old friends.

"It was great, kind of felt like home being around Kivon and Beniquez (Brown), my former teammates," the Florence (Ala.) defensive back said. "I really enjoyed it; I'm looking forward to going back. "

An offer could be on the table pending a summer performance.

"I think they want to see me at their big dog camp, first," he added.

Alexander's former teammate Terrell Brown, who has since transferred to Russellville (Ala.) High, was also in Starkville.

"It was great it was a wonderful experience, " he said of the Junior Day. "Hopefully I'll have the chance to continue my career there!"

Brown, a 6-foot, 270-pound defensive tackle, has yet to receive an FBS scholarship offer.

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