Mississippi Notebook

The state of Mississippi has already seen most of its' best and brightest 2014 college football prospects announce their college decisions. With the mid way point of the 2013 season rapidly approaching, some prospects are inching closer and closer to their own verbal commitments.

From three to two?

Only three of FOXSports/Scout.com's top 20 Mississippi prospects for the 2014 signing class remain undeclared, wide receiver Jesse Jackson (Petal), defensive tackle Breeland Speaks (Callaway) and defensive tackle Grant Harris (Clinton).

Jackson has now identified October 7th as his decision day.

There was talk early on that Jackson wanted to get his decision out of the way to avoid any potential distractions during the season.

An October announcement presents Jackson the chance to remove recruiting from his list of things to do before Petal begins the state playoffs.

I suspect Jackson's college intentions will be known well before then.

Jackson recently named a top three of Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

The three star wide out attended Auburn's home game against Mississippi State recently.

A week later, Jackson was in the stands in Starkville as the Bulldogs knocked off Troy.

His decision to move up his announcement date comes just a few days removed from that unofficial visit to Mississippi State.

The only other game day visit Jackson has made this season was to Southern Miss when the Eagles hosted Texas State.

Jackson camped at Mississippi State during the summer for the second consecutive year.

The three star wide out also camped at Memphis and Southern Miss this summer.

Rawlings isn't just for baseball

MRA big man Sean Rawlings is a hot name in the Magnolia State.

Rawlings hit the summer camp circuit hard this year making stops at Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest among others.

While many of his classmates were enjoying the fun and sun on the beach, Rawlings was out chasing his college football dreams.

Before his senior season began, Rawlings had reeled in offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana and Louisiana Tech.

It has been Rawlings' dream to play in the Southeastern Conference, so he was hopeful that his senior film would yield him an SEC opportunity.

Earlier this week, Mississippi State offered Rawlings a scholarship which sent the Bulldogs to the top of the pecking order.

Rawlings reported that he wanted to take a few days to consider his options, but that a decision was coming soon.

Like Jackson, Rawlings' decision to escalate his time frame for a decision comes a few days after attending Mississippi State's most recent home game.

Easy being Green

North Pontotoc wide receiver Marcus Green committed to Louisiana-Monroe a few weeks back.

The speedy wide out has remained in touch with the staff in Monroe and has heard from them weekly since the contact period began.

Green reports that he is also receiving weekly calls from Mississippi State coach Scott Sallach, his area recruiter.

Green recently took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State with his mother to see the Bulldogs take on Troy.

While the Bulldogs have not extended an offer yet, this remains a real situation of interest.

Three star waiting?

Clinton big man Grant Harris continues to play his cards close to his vest.

Harris had considered making his announcement prior to the 2013 season, but an offer from Nebraska sent him back to the drawing board.

The talented defensive lineman is focused on his own season right now and would like to take an official visit or two before making a decision.

Mississippi State and Southern Miss remain some of Harris' most relentless pursuers.

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