Ackerman, Mississippi native Tre' Brown starred at Choctaw County High School before enrolling at Copiah-Lincoln Community College to play for veteran coach Glenn Davis and the Wolfpack. Brown proved to be a solid anchor on the interior of the Co-Lin defensive front.
As a sophomore, Brown recorded 27 tackles, 20 of which were solo to go along with two tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble.
Co-Lin head football coach Glenn Davis considered Brown one of the unsung heroes of his team's defensive efforts.
"Tre' has been a real steady guy for us," Davis said. "He is really one of those non-ego guys. It's never been about him. He's always really been a team first guy.
"I really feel like Tre' got over looked for a lot of things, because some of these other guys get six or seven D1 offers and people vote for them because of that. Tre' knew where he wanted to go early on, so he didn't keep picking up offers. I think he deserved a lot more recognition than he got. I wish I had ten more on defense just like him."
Expected to join Brown in Starkville is Wolfpack teammate Lashard Durr. Durr was a strong contributor from his cornerback position.
During the 2015 season, Durr recorded 32 personnel stops, 30 of those tackles were of the solo variety. The Harrison Central High School product broke up 11 passes, netted two tackles for a loss, a sack and one fumble recovery.
Mississippi State will enter the spring looking to replace senior starters Taveze Calhoun and Will Redmond. Durr is expected to factor prominently in that competition.
Coach Davis reports that Durr shares some of the same attributes as signing classmate Tre' Brown.
"Lashard is another one of those unselfish guys." Davis said. "He and Tre' are both really quiet guys. If you weren't looking for them, you wouldn't know that they were out there playing. They aren't the kind of players who draw attention to themselves. They just try to help the team and put the team first.
"I am proud for both of them and really like the way that both of them go about their business."
The Bulldogs also remain in contention for Dodge City CC wide receiver Justin McInnis. McInnis took an official visit to Starkville over the weekend, but left without a Bulldog offer. The 6-6, 200 pound pass catcher reports that he is not planning to sign on the opening day of the signing period.
With limited grants in the class, the Bulldogs are doing their due diligence about McInnis' remaining eligibility as well as the decisions of current Bulldog wideouts and other Mississippi State recruiting targets.
Two other Bulldog pledges, Christian Roberson and C.J. Morgan-Walker, have already signed grant in aid documentation in anticipation of their own January enrollment in Starkville. Due to NCAA rules, early enrollment prospects from the high school ranks must sign their national letters of intent in February with the rest of their graduating peers. Those regulations prevent a formal announcement by the University until National Signing Day.
Prep school graduate Dontea Jones could also sign scholarship documentation once again before the signing period closes. Jones recently took the ACT and is awaiting his score before finalizing his plans for spring enrollment. The Louisville, Mississippi native is hoping to make the move to Starkville in the coming weeks. Should the talented tight end not pass NCAA clearinghouse muster, he plans to attend a Mississippi junior college program.
The Bulldog coaching staff will also await final decisions from a pair of potential early enrollment players from out of state. Donaldsonville, Louisiana wide receiver Stephen Sullivan and Phenix City, Alabama cornerback John Broussard are still considering their college options.
Both four star standouts officially visited Mississippi State as they went through their own selection processes. While neither are required to make their final declarations this week, word could come from one or both within the next few days.