The Names You Need to Know

Maybe you have been away for the summer. Maybe you are only a casual follower of recruiting. Perhaps you are a new subscriber who is just getting up to speed with the Bulldogs' recruiting efforts towards the 2008 football signing class. The again, you may be a hardcore recruiting addict who simply can never have enough. No matter the reason, here is a quick overview of some possible new additions.

Alonzo Lawrence - Wide Receiver George County

Offers: Hawaii, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Alonzo is the younger brother of current Bulldog Co-Eric Riley. Lawrence named MSU as his leader a few months back. While in no hurry to make a formal decision, Alonzo is expected to follow his brother to Stakville. It appears to be a matter of when rather than if.

Andre Wadley - Defensive end Hernando

Offers: Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Andre's older brother Johnny played offensive guard for Mississippi State a few years back. The younger Wadley reports that he is no closer to a decision than when he began the process. The 2007 seasons of his schools of interest will go a long ways towards Andre's decision.

Antonio Hoskins - Linebacker Water Valley

Offers: Mississippi State

Antonio had 191 tackles during the 2006 season and he is poised to surpass that total this year.

Hoskins is very high on Mississippi State and he is leaning towards making a commitment in the next few weeks.

Brandon Whitty - Defensive Tackle St. Augustine, FL

Offers: Auburn, Buffalo, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.

Whitty currently favors Auburn, but is not ready to make a decision. Brandon reports that the school that is recruiting him the hardest is Mississippi State.

Brynden Trawick Marietta, GA

Offers: Boston College, Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Purdue.

Trawick camped at State earlier in the summer. He has reported for some time that Mississippi State and Ole Miss were among the schools recruiting him the hardest. Brynden has set up three official visits, but so far Mississippi is not on his schedule.

Charles Mitchell - Safety Clarksdale

Offers: Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Charles has made no secret of the fact that he is very high on LSU. Mitchell camped in Baton Rouge, but came home without an offer. Mitchell appeared to be favoring Ole Miss among his instate schools, but at last report things were now all even. A decision is not expected until after the season.

DeAndre Brown Wide Receiver Ocean Springs

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Washington and others.

The talented wideout would like to stay close to home, but would like to compete for a championship. LSU is still the odds on favorite, but DeAndre will take his visits before deciding.

James Searcy Defensive end Newnan, GA

Offers: Akron, Arkansas, Central Florida, Eastern Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Troy and UAB.

Searcy is very fond of MSU defensive line coach David Turner. Because of Coach Turner's efforts, James has kept State among his favorites. James currently has the Bulldogs in his top two alongside Oklahoma State.

Joshua Jackson Defensive end Canton

Offers: Jackson State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.

Jackson will probably move inside and play defensive tackle at the next level, but in the mean time he will look to build on his 4A best sack total from a year ago. Josh is expected to announce his decision within the next three weeks and it looks very good for the Bulldogs.

Rashard Hall Safety St. Augustine, FL

Offers: Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Louisville, Marshall, Maryland, Mississippi State, Western Kentucky and West Virginia.

It is not clear at this time how serious the Bulldogs are about Hall at this time, but Rashard is serious enough about State to consistently name them among his leaders. The talented safety reports that Louisville and Mississippi State are recruiting him the hardest.

Rashun Dixon Wide Receiver/safety Terry

Offers: Mississippi State

It looks like the Bulldogs' biggest competition for Dixon's services may be the major league baseball draft. Rashun is not listed in any of their projected draft pools, but he still has his senior year to play. Florida and LSU have also shown interest in Dixon, but have not offered. At this point the chances of Rashun of following his brothers to State appear to be very good.

Trevor Stigers Defensive end Ridgeland

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Jackson State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Mississippi.

Stigers has consistently held MSU among his leaders. Trevor is planning to make a mid-season decision. Stigers has become good friends with Canton's Joshua Jackson and the two have discussed playing together. If Jackson commits to State, it could help MSU's chances with Trevor.

Timmy Williams Linebacker Okeechobee, FL

Offers: Florida International, North Carolina, Marshall and Mississippi State.

Timmy is known as a big time hitter and he could play end or at linebacker. Marshall and Mississippi State have been the two most agrressive schools, but at it appears that Williams is set on committing to Marshall. Timmy reports that there is a better than 50/50 chance he commits to the Thundering Herd during the season.

Tyran Golden Linebacker Lithonia, GA

Offers: Air Force and Mississippi State.

State is expected to take another linebacker in the class and Golden could be the ticket. Tyran earned an offer from the Bulldogs after attending State's summer camp in June. If pushed Golden would commit to Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs have limited spots this season, but with a few sign and place prospects they should sign some where in the neighborhood of the low 20s.

Another very good possibility for the class would be the addition of a junior college defensive end. With both starters moving on after the season, State could use an influx of talent. Some names that have been mentioned as possibilities are Demetrius Culpepper, Derrick Chatman, Raven Gray and Terrance Conner.

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