STARKVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen received 13 National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Five-star defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, the No. 1 overall recruit in Mississippi was expected to sign with Ole Miss. It didn't happen.
The Noxubee County standout cast his lot with Mississippi State. St. Stanislaus is well aware of the talents of Simmons. He harassed the Rockachaws offense the past two years in helping Noxubee County beat the Rockachaws in the Class 4A state finals.
Mullen said, "Great football player. Top player in the state of Mississippi. We are thrilled to have him. All of the discussions that we've had during recruiting about him, he's No. 1 on our list just because of the talent that he has out there on the field. I've known him for three years now and if you look at what he does in the classroom, you look at what he does in his community, if you look at the effort that he gives in everything that he does, he is a first class young man. I see him potentially being the next Fletcher Cox or Kaleb Eulls and when you start getting mentioned with those guys, you are really up there. He has that work ethic, really just that attitude that he's a very special player."
The Bulldogs other key players include Kobe Jones, a defensive lineman from Starkville, four-star pass rusher Marquiss Spencer from Greenville, and four-star offensive lineman Stewart Reese of Fort Pierce, Florida.
Mississippi State returns 52 letter winners in 2016 and had an additional five players enroll in January that count back toward the 2015 class.
Lashard Durr, the former Harrison Central defensive back and kick return specialist, is one of the early signees. He played football at Co-lin the past two seasons.