Jett Johnson

A quick look at some of the top linebackers in the state of Mississippi for the 2018 signing class.

After signing the number one linebacker in the state of Mississippi in the 2017 class (Willie Gay Jr.), Mississippi State will be back on the prowl in the Magnolia State checking out what the 2018 class has to offer at the linebacker position. With the Bulldogs taking two highly regarded linebackers in the 2017 class, the number of linebacker spots in this class will be limited. Today we will take a look at some of the top linebacker prospects in-state on Mississippi State’s radar.

1. Jett Johnson – Tupelo HS – Johnson is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound do-it-all type of middle linebacker. Last season Johnson recorded 119 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 interceptions, which could possibly boost him to being the state’s top linebacker prospect this year. Johnson has several offers already, including one from Mississippi State. As of now Johnson has the Mississippi schools out in front, but will continue to take visits and see other schools. Johnson recently visited Mississippi State for the Bulldogs junior day where he received his offer. When asked how his visit went, Johnson replied “It was a great experience. I loved all of it.”

2. Hayes Maples – Oak Grove High School – Maples had a fantastic season last year bursting onto the scene with 141 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 2 defensive touchdowns. Currently Maples has offers from Memphis, Southern Alabama, and Southern Miss. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound tackling machine says the one offer he’s really looking for is Mississippi State. Maples plays on the same team as current 2018 Bulldog defensive lineman target Jaden Crumedy.

3. William Robinson – Hattiesburg HS – The 6-foot-3, 207-pound outside linebacker had a phenomenal junior season gathering 128 total tackles and 8 sacks. As of now, Robinson holds offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Memphis. Robinson visited Mississippi State recently for the junior day and had nothing but good things to say about the Bulldogs. “The visit was good. It’s a great school,” Robinson stated. As of now no school is standing out, but Robinson did say whichever school makes him and his family feel most at home will receive his commitment.


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