Recruiting Update

With many prospects making the junior day tours around the south, the pecking order for some players is beginning to come into focus.

Charles Rancifer of Brookhaven High School says that one school is recruiting him harder than any other.

"I am getting a lot of mail from a lot of schools, but Mississippi State is recruiting me the hardest," said Rancifer. "I am supposed to be going up there this Saturday for their spring game."

While Charles will be heading to Starkville this weekend, Ridgeland's Trevor Stigers made it to the Mississippi State Campus this past weekend for the Bulldogs' junior day.

"I went to Mississippi State this past Saturday," said Stigers. "It went good, but I had to miss the first portion because I was visiting family. I got to see the sports complex and the field house. I got to watch the spring game. I thought they looked good. The running game looks good with Anthony Dixon and to my eyes I think the defense looks like they are going to be alright."

Stigers holds offers from Alabama and Mississippi State and those two are at the top of Trevor's list.

"Right now I have Alabama number one and Mississippi State number two, but I go back and forth on it," explained Trevor.

Another prospect considering multiple SEC Western Division schools is George County's Alonzo Lawrence.

"I don't have any new offers, but I wouldn't mind getting an offer from Auburn," said Lawrence. "I have offers from Mississippi State and Ole Miss, but I am just not sure what I am going to do. I wasn't able to go to any junior days because I have been playing baseball. I am playing left field and I think I am having a good season."

Lawrence reports a batting average just over .400.

Wide receiver Xzavian Brandon of Norcross, Georgia made the trek to Mississippi for junior day this past weekend. The talented wide out believes he may be on the verge of his first offers.

"It went real good," said Brandon. "Coach Croom is a real good guy. I was impressed with him. We got to tour the facilities and watch the spring game. I think Mississippi State and Minnesota may be about to offer me."

Another Georgia Peach getting interest from the Western division Bulldogs is Walton High School's Chase Thomas. Thomas recently picked up an offer from Kentucky. The Wildcats offer brings his total to five. Thomas has plans to visit Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State in the next several weeks.

At the turn of the year, North Panola's Templeton Hardy was receiving very little attention from division one schools. Nearly four months later, Hardy has seven division one scholarship offers.

Templeton and teammate Bruce Wilbourn were unable to make it in for MSU's junior day this past Saturday, but the tandem visited an MSU practice a few weeks back with their head coach Vincent Johnson.

The state's top prospect wide recever, DeAndre Brown, made it in for junior day. At this time it appears that LSU is a strong leader for Brown, but it is only March. Brown has said on more than one occassion he would like to stay somewhere in the south.

DeSoto Central's Devin Jones was unable to attend junior day due to a track meet. The talented Jones will also miss the spring game. Devin will be competing for the state weight lifting title this weekend.


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