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Mississippi State 6, Ole Miss 0: Magnolia State’s top 6 recruits have all picked Bulldogs

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Talk about dominating the home turf. Each of the six highest-rated prospects in Mississippi for 2018 have made the same choice: Mississippi State.

With the commitment of three-star strongside defensive end James Williams (6 feet 5, 285 pounds), one of the top 15 prospects nationally at his position, the Bulldogs now hold commitments from the consensus top six 2018 prospects in the state of Mississippi.

The full list of the Bulldogs’ top six:

1. 4-star WR Malik Heath
The particulars: 6-3, 205 pounds, Jackson Callaway

2. 3-star DE James Williams
The particulars: 6-5, 285 pounds, Jackson Callaway

3. 3-star RB Fabian Franklin
The particulars: 5-11, 200 pounds, Hattiesburg High

4. 3-star DE Jaden Crumedy
The particulars: 6-5, 240 pounds, Hattiesburg Oak Grove

5. 3-star OT Kwatrivous Johnson
The particulars: 6-7.5, 361 pounds, Greenwood High

6. 3-star ATH Marcus Murphy
The particulars: 6-1, 190 pounds, West Point High

The state’s seventh-ranked prospect, center Cole Smith, has committed to LSU, while the eighth-ranked recruit, weakside defensive end Deuntra Hyman, has chosen Ole Miss.

In all, the Bulldogs have commitments from nine of the top 17 prospects in the state and 13 of the top 27. By contrast, Ole Miss has one.

Not surprisingly, this pattern is unusual. It’s the first time in recent memory that Mississippi State has so thoroughly dominated the top end of the state’s recruiting scene. At the same time, Ole Miss is facing NCAA sanctions.

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By comparison, recent years have shown much more balance, with both in-state and out-of-state programs in the fray.

Here are the selections of the state’s consensus top 10 over the past five classes:

2017: Mississippi State 3, Ole Miss 2, LSU 2, Florida State 1, Louisville 1, Tennessee 1
No. 1 prospect: RB Cam Akers, Clinton High (signed with Florida State)

2016: Ole Miss 4, Mississippi State 3, Alabama 3
No. 1 prospect: DT Jeffery Simmons, Macon Noxubee County (signed with Mississippi State)

2015: Mississippi State 5, Ole Miss 3, Oklahoma 1, unsigned 1
No. 1 prospect: G Javon Patterson, Petal High (signed with Ole Miss)

2014: Ole Miss 5, Mississippi State 4, LSU 1
No. 1 prospect: G Rod Taylor, Jackson Callaway (signed with Ole Miss)

2013: Mississippi State 5, Ole Miss 3, Auburn 1, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
No. 1 prospect: DE Chris Jones, Houston High (signed with Mississippi State)

Williams’s commitment means Mississippi State now has 25 pledges for 2018.

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