Will They Be Ranked In The Top 10?

Wednesday is the first day that prospects can sign their letter of intents. Although Mississippi State men's basketball is expected to sign just three players in this year's signing class, those three very well could put MSU among the top 10 classes in the nation.

The top name among the three is five-star prospect Scotty Hopson (6-5, 180) of University Heights Academy in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Despite a hugh push by Kentucky since his commitment, Scotty has continued to stay 100% solid with his commitment to the Bulldogs.

And according to Scout.com's National Recruiting Director Dave Telep, the sky is the limit for this extraordinary prospect.

"I think they have one guy who has an excellent shot at being a professional basketball player - Scotty Hopson," said Dave. "That's a big deal when you pair their guys together - Hopson, Dee Bost and Romero Osby."

Everybody that knows anything about basketball recruiting has heard of Hopson, but Bost has really improved his stock since he graduated from high school.

"Most of the country is not aware of the strides that Dee Bost has made," said Dave of the 6-1, 180-pound Hargrave Military product. "We had him in the latter part of our top-100 as a high school senior in 2007 [95th to be exact]. And he has turned himself into a legitimate high-level combo guard. Right now, he is our number 5 post-graduate player.

"Everybody is going to see Hopson's name, and justifiably so, but Dee Bost is a tremendous player. And he will get a lot of early playing time for Mississippi State."

The third member of the group, Romero Osby, is not too bad himself, earning a four-star rating and a 49th place national ranking on the latest Scout.com national list.

"Romero Osby is kind of a junkyard dog versatile four-man," said Dave of the 6-8, 230-pound Northeast Lauderdale High School senior.

Together, Dave sees a bright future for all three at Mississippi State.

"I think together this is a really, really strong three-man class," he said. "And by their sophomore years, at the very latest, you are looking at three potential starters."

And if everything stays as is, this class will likely end up being among the Scout.com top-10 recruiting classes, despite being tied with two others for having the smallest class among all the potential top 10.


Gene Swindoll is the publisher of Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com, the source for Mississippi State sports on TheInsiders.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.


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