Scout 300 LB Mohamed Sanogo out of Texas has the two magnolia schools at the top

Mohamed Sanogo out of Plano, Texas., was committed to Houston until coach Tom Herman recently left fir Texas. Now it's back to square one for the Scout 300 member. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound middle linebacker will be spending the next couple of weekends in the state of Mississippi touring a pair of SEC programs.

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"I have high interest in Ole Miss and Mississippi State right now," Sanogo said. "I'm going to Mississippi State this weekend and Ole Miss next for my official visits. Those are my two leaders right now."

The Rebels and Bulldogs began to put the full-court press on the Offense/Defense National Linebacker of the Year shortly after Mohamed de-committed from the Cougars.


"Ole Miss actually started coming after me pretty hard a few weeks before coach Herman went to Texas. Mississippi State started getting on me hard right after I de-committed."

The Defensive MVP for the Dallas Nike Regional is familiar with Ole Miss despite having never visited campus.

"They have a really good Business school. I'm looking to major in Finance. That's intriguing. I have a lot of friends who go to Ole Miss. It's a real popular place to go to here in Texas. They tell me that I'm going to love it as soon as I get on their campus. Everybody says once you go it's hard to leave."

The Rebels have had some shakeup on their staff, but there are some old faces he knows as well.

"Coach (Grant) Heard recruited me, but coach (Jason) Jones also recruited me. He's taken over. I talk to coach Jones and (Maurice) Harris pretty much every day. I've been talking to coach (Bradley-Dale) Peveto, coach (Wesley) McGriff, and coach (Hugh) Freeze a lot over the last week, too. They are all coming to my house Thursday except coach Freeze. I think coach Freeze is coming by next week."

Ole Miss is in dire need of a middle linebacker. The Rebels only return one middle linebacker next season and currently don't have any committed. That has not gone unnoticed.

"They have a lot of outside linebackers. They really don't have a true middle linebacker on their team. I have an opportunity to be that guy. They are looking for me to come in and make an impact. Their coaches have not promised me a starting spot or anything, but they told me that If I come in and work hard, I have a chance. In the SEC you have to have some middle linebackers with all of the strong running teams you face. They like to pound the rock in the SEC."

Mississippi State has decided to take a second linebacker in its recruiting class.

"This past Tuesday when I de-committed from Houston they gave me a call. They really started recruiting me when the process started, but they were only going to take one middle linebacker and they committed Tyler Dunning. They quit calling after he committed but then they decided to take another middle linebacker. That's when they gave me a call to let me know they wanted me to be that guy."

The Bulldogs will be in his house Thursday as well before he leaves on his official visit to Starkville Friday.

"A few of their coaches are coming by Thursday too. I don't think those two schools like each other too much. It should be an interesting night at my house (laugh). I really don't know a lot about Mississippi State like I do Ole Miss because not many people from Texas go to MSU. I want to see what their campus is like. I'm walking in with a lot less knowledge about MSU than Ole Miss. I've got to see what the school is like."

The need for Sanogo is there for both schools but he knows he might be needed a little more at Ole Miss.

"Ole Miss needs me the most. I know that Mississippi State is a little thin at middle linebacker but Ole Miss literally doesn't have any. I've watched a lot of film of all of the linebackers on their teams and the guys they have committed. I try and know what I'm getting into before I walk into it. That's what these four official visits are for."

Are any other schools in line to receive a visit?

"Baylor and Oklahoma State are two schools I'll probably take a midweek visit to, but I haven't set up anything yet. I'm not sure. I have to report for the International Bowl on January 23rd. The game is played on January 28th. I will not have any time to take a visit the last two weekends. I'll have to go on some midweek visits, if I go on anymore visits."

Whoever lands Mohamed will be getting a good one.

"I started off as a run-stopper, but over the last couple years I've been focusing on one-on-one coverage. I have a real high motor. I like to play all over the field."


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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