The Final Pieces?

Dan Mullen and his staff currently sit at 16th in the Scout national rankings as we begin the countdown to national signing day. The 27 man class could see a couple of late additions should the signing day eve tea leaves read Maroon.

At this point the most least likely option for inclusion in the Bulldog signing day haul is quarterback Lamar Jackson of Boyton Beach, Florida. Despite his pledge to Louisville, Jackson elected to explore some other opportunities late in the process taking official visits to both Florida and Mississippi State.

With less than 24 hours left before Jackson puts pen to signing day paper, it appears that if the talented signal caller is looking to change his college destination that Gainesville, Florida is the most likely possibility.

Pearl River Community College defensive lineman Courtney Miggins kept Mississippi State fans on edge and glued to social media as the talented big man teased that his announcement was imminent. Much to the chagrin of those who followed the events closely, Monday came and went without a formal declaration from the former Louisiana-Lafayette signee.

Kentucky, Mississippi State and North Carolina State are the listed finalists, but heading into the final 24 hours Bulldog fans are both hopeful and optimistic that Miggins will join the Bulldog fold and compete immediately for a spot on David Turner's defensive line that is looking to replace four members of the 2014 rotation.

The name on the minds and lips of those with an eye on Mississippi recruiting is Brookhaven All-American linebacker Leo Lewis. Lewis will make his third pledge to an SEC school, but this one will be for keeps. The former Alabama and Ole Miss commitment has kept people guessing throughout the process.

There is confidence coming from both LSU and Mississippi State circles, but fans would be foolish to count out Ole Miss. While the trends suggest the Rebels are currently third in a three team race, Hugh Freeze and his staff continue their pursuit of the four star talent.

Despite his previous declarations to the Crimson Tide and Rebels, Lewis has maintained contact with several schools namely LSU and Mississippi State and recently Texas A&M. Official visits to LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss highlighted the January calendar, which was filled with in person visits from coaches from around the region.

Coach Tommy Clopton of Brookhaven High reported yesterday that Lewis will make his decision official at a 10:30 CT signing day ceremony in the school's auditorium. That gathering will signify an official closing to what has been one of the most riveting recruitments of the past several years.

In addition to their attempts to add to their 2015 signing class, the Mississippi State staff is doing their final checks to ensure that the current crop of Bulldogs-to-be remain safely in the fold and far from any last minute drama.

Late pushes by Florida and Penn State among others have done little more than demonstrate the quality and depth of the Bulldog class that is balanced throughout with talented play makers with starting potential.

Signing packages have all been delivered and now await the official ink from an impressive group of prospects who will now take the next step in the process and become signed and sealed Mississippi State Bulldogs.

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