Augustus is a 6-9, 220-pounder who played this past year at Maine Central Institute, a prep school, after playing his high school career at Willowridge High School in Houston, Texas. He is a native of Baton Rouge, La.
Getting Augustus cleared took longer than those two classmates due to frequent changes of school en route to college, his attending a prep school, and the number of grade records to be provided from those schools as required by the Clearinghouse. That body, which this fall will formally be taken in-house by the NCAA, has to have all such materials provided by the athletes and the schools, not by the college that they are signed by.
This leaves only center Elgin Bailey yet to be cleared from State's four-member freshman class. Bailey is a 6-8, 255-pounder from Baton Rouge, La., who played his senior season in Texas after transferring from Belaire High School. He had previously played at Glen Oaks High in Baton Rouge in his varied prep career, complicating the matter of establishing his academic credentials.
The nominal deadline for fall semester enrollment at MSU is five school days after classes start; this year the first classes open next Monday, August 20. However there has been some leeway in late enrollments of a few days in past cases for athletes and non-athletes alike.
Even with Bailey and Augustus, Mississippi State's basketball roster would still list only 11 ‘recruited' scholarship players, three under the maximum. It is expected at least one of those open grants will go to a veteran walk-on.