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With January right around the corner, the recruiting process gets in full swing with official visits beginning. Mississippi State, like all the other SEC schools, will bring in some of the top players from the southeast.<P>
<h6>Pictured: MSU Commitment Dudley Guice</h6>
Although Mississippi State can bring in 56 players for official visits, I have confirmed the dates for 20 recruits with 12 others also saying they will come in for a visit. TheInsiders and I will continue to call recruits to find out who the other 24 players are.
In the meantime, based on the information I have received, January 9th and 16th appear to be the big weekends for Mississippi State.
On January 9th, Mississippi State will welcome at least 12 players. Included in that group are 2 offensive linemen, 4 linebackers, 2 wide receivers, 1 defensive end, 1 quarterback and 2 running backs.
Of those twelve, three are currently committed to MSU....
Roland Terry, OL, 6-7, 260, Lamar School.
Jeffrey Farr, OL, 6-4, 300, Pell City (AL) HS.
Jazz Johnson, LB/DE, 6-0, 245, Litchfield (AL) HS.
The other nine are....
Gabriel O'Neal, LB, 6-2, 210, Columbus HS.
Rory Johnson, LB, 6-2, 215, Vicksburg HS.
Kris Guyton, LB, 6-2, 202, Hillcrest (AL) HS.
Kevin Bradley, DE/OLB, 6-2, 227, Seventy-First (NC) HS.
Maurice Taylor, WR, 5-10, 160, Vicksburg HS.
Antonio McCoy, WR, 6-1, 170, Starkville HS.
Kisan Flakes, QB, 6-1, 192, Lovejoy (GA) HS.
Lavarus Giles, RB, 6-1, 205, Ray Brooks HS.
Brandon Jackson, RB, 6-0, 205, Horn Lake HS.
It is likely MSU will add 8 to 10 more players to this date. As soon as I find out who they are, I'll add them.
Mississippi State will welcome at least 5 more players on the 16th of January; 2 linebackers, 1 defensive end and 2 wide receivers.
Of those five, one is committed to MSU, 6-3, 205-pound wide receiver Dudley Guice. Dudley recently transferred from Trinity Episcopal School to Jefferson County HS.
The other four players are...
DB Quentin Griffin, 6-0, 155, Rome (GA) HS.
WR Tony Burks, 6-4, 206, Harrison Central HS.
LB Dustin Lindsey, 6-4, 215, Davidson (AL) HS.
LB Jordin Lindsey, 6-4, 220, Davidson (AL) HS.
On January 23rd, MSU welcomes at least 3 players; 1 defensive end, 1 offensive lineman and 1 defensive back. They are...
DE Cortez McCraney, 6-4, 225, Southaven HS.
OL Drew Davis, 6-7, 270, Sparta (AL) Academy.
DB Jabari Marshall, 5-11, 169, Mary (GA) HS.
Although they didn't mention a specific date, at least 12 other players have confirmed that they will visit MSU, one an MSU commitment....
QB D.T. McDowell, 5-11, 195, Tucker (GA) HS.
RB Markus Manson, 6-0, 190, Hillcrest (AL) HS.
WR Chris Lark, 6-2, 190, Pickens County (AL) HS. MSU Commitment.
ATH Anthony Mitchell, 6-2, 190, Oxford HS.
LB/DE Alton Boudreaux, 6-2, 228, Lafayett (LA) HS.
LB/DE Peria Jerry, 6-3, 260, South Panola HS.
DB Greg Hinds, 6-0, 200, Southaven HS.
DB Terrell Jackson, 5-11, 185, Puckett HS.
DB Fred Akines, 6-3, 190, Clarksdale HS.
DB Mario Bobo, 6-0, 170, South Panola HS.
DB, Jeremy Gray, 6-3, 178, Opelika (AL) HS.
P Andrew Gambrell, Meridian HS.
Overall, MSU has 3 QB, 3 RB, 5 WR, 3 OL, 6 LB, 3 DE/LB, 1 DE, 6 DB, 1 ATH and 1 P on their lists of players coming in for a visit. Several of the linebackers have the height that will allow them to move over to defensive end if they gain more weight.
Based on these 32 players, MSU appears to be trying to shore up their wide receiver, linebacker, defensive end and defensive backfield positions.
Seven of the players visiting are members of The Clarion-Ledger Pre-season Dandy Dozen list; Gabriel O'Neal, Tony Burks, Terrell Jackson, Greg Hinds, Rory Johnson, Brandon Jackson and Lavarus Giles.
Check back daily for additional official visit news.
Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. The URL for Gene's Page is http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com. You can contact him by emailing email@example.com.