One of the top targets expected in town this weekend is local product Kobe Jones of Starkville High School. Jones was one of the first Magnolia Staters to pick up an offer from the Bulldogs for the 2016 signing class and remains high on the Mississippi State wish list.
Meridian product Raekwon Davis committed to Alabama very early in the process. Despite his pledge to the Crimson Tide, Davis has been a frequent visit at Mississippi State and has reported that he continues to consider his options. The Bulldogs will certainly put forth some serious effort looking for the flip.
Mississippi's top cornerback Nigel Knott will have the chance to sit down and visit with new Bulldog corner's coach Terrell Buckley. Mississippi State was among the first to offer the Germantown High star and has remained a contender throughout a highly contested recruitment.
Florida verbal Jeremiah Moon reports that he will make the trip across state lines to spend some time with the Bulldog coaching staff. Former Bulldog linebacker coach and defensive coordinator Geoff Collins extended an offer on behalf of the Bulldog long ago. Collins remained in contact after he left Starkville for Gainesville. The current Bulldog staff will have their work cut out for them if they hope to change Moon's college destination.
All-Everything defensive end Jeffery Simmons will take his second official visit of the process when arrives in Starkville. Simmons met with the Mississippi State staff in home Thursday evening and finalized the details of this weekend's visit. The Noxubee County super star plans to visit Alabama and Ole Miss over the course of the remaining January weekends.
All-State and All-Star offensive lineman Dareun Parker and his family will make the drive over from DeSoto County in what is expected to be their final trip to Starkville before signing day. The long time Bulldog verbal has been among Mississippi State's most loyal commitments.
Philadelphia, Mississippi mammoth Greg Eiland will be on campus this weekend in what looks to be the only official visit on his calendar. LSU and Florida have both spoken with Eiland about possibly visiting, but he has elected to honor his commitment to Dan Mullen and his staff.
Junior college standout Jordan Thomas of East Central Community College is a match up nightmare. Thomas was a real handful as a tight end this fall. Thomas turned Bulldog heads this summer in camp and earned an offer after leading ECCC to the NJCAA playoffs this season.
One of Mississippi State's biggest targets literally and figuratively is West Point offensive tackle Scott Lashley. Lashley's first offer came from Mississippi State and for a short time this summer, Mississippi State was able to count him as a verbal commitment. The courtship has only intensified over the course of the season as four star standout has laid claim to the top offensive lineman spot in his home state.
Recent scholarship offer recipient Zach Farrar scheduled his official visit last week upon receiving the good word from the Bulldog staff. The former quarterback turned receiver has made the most of his two years catching passes and now has a chance to play in the SEC. The Southlake-Carroll High star will be flying to town along with his father to discuss a potential Bulldog future.
Long time Bulldog pledge Korey Charles will make a return trip to Starkville to see what the Bulldogs have planned for the weekend. Skilled enough to play on either side of the ball, Charles will spend some time with the coaches this weekend discussing where he first best position wise.
Tucker High School (GA) defensive end Cecil Stallings was a late addition to the weekend invite list. Currently committed to South Carolina, the lengthy pass rusher is considering all of his options after the coaching change in Columbia
The Bulldogs are expecting 12 official visitors this weekend barring a late change. A similar number is expected in Starkville next weekend as Coach Dan Mullen and his staff look to put the finishing touches on the 2016 signing class.