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Mississippi State received a commitment from 2017 JUCO OL Tyre Phillips.

"I grew up a fan of Mississippi football and I rooted for both Mississippi State and Ole Miss," Phillips said. A trip to Starkville for a game last season caused him to fall completely for the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-6, 350-pounder noted, "I worked at every position last month at their camp and showed them how mobile I am. And [OL coach John Hevesy] likes how competitive I am and likes my work ethic." He relayed that the Bulldogs want to give him a look at guard after he joins the team this coming winter.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 23 - 5:29 PM

Mississippi State senior WR Fred Ross (groin) indicated that he has progressed to running in his rehab.

Ross missed spring practice after undergoing surgery to repair a groin injury. While he has recovered from the procedure to the point where he is able to run, the 6-foot-2, 207-pounder has not yet been cleared for full participation. His readiness (or not) for the 2016 campaign should become more evident in August. Last season, he caught 88 passes for 1,077 yards and a quintet of touchdowns.
Jul 13 - 12:14 PM

Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen indicated that he had little involvement in the university's decision to enroll freshman DE Jeffery Simmons despite a pending simple assault charge.

"It was a university decision. But I was just thrilled that we’re having Jeffery as part of our family coming in," Mullen said. "I take a lot of pride as a coach on developing young men to be champions, not just on the field, but off the field in every part of their life … and that’s not an easy process." A March video depicted Simmons repeatedly striking a woman. He was charged with simple assault and disturbing the peace, but will only be suspended for the opener against South Alabama. According to Mullen, the university decided on the length of the suspension, too. He believes that the five-star freshman has learned from his mistakes. "I've known him well before the incident, and I think that it was very uncharacteristic of the personality of who he is and the person I've known before and after." Simmons is scheduled to appear in court for the simple assault charge on July 26. The case has already seen two continuances.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 2:28 PM

Three-star 2017 S Kaleb Oliver committed to Mississippi State.

One factor in Oliver's decision -- he felt an instant bond with Mississippi State safeties coach Maurice Linguist. "The way he coached really made me comfortable. He described what he wanted you to do with his words then he gets out there and shows you himself," explained the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder. "He's more hands-on so it's easier to grasp and learn." Rivals ranks Oliver as the No. 38 safety prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 23 - 1:25 PM

A continuance has been issued in the simple assault case of Mississippi State freshman DE Jeffery Simmons.

At this juncture, it not yet known why the case has been delayed. This is the second continuance that has been issued -- the first came in May after a dispute over restitution payment. The 6-foot-4, 251-pounder is facing charges of simple assault and disturbing the peace after a video surfaced in March showing him hitting a woman repeatedly. Mississippi State allowed their crown jewel in the 2016 class to enroll in classes despite the charges, slapping him with a one-game suspension to be served in the season-opener against South Alabama. It is not known at this time when the case against him will resume.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 14 - 3:45 PM

Mississippi State recruiting assistant Rob Gibson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence on Saturday morning.

This, according to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department. Gibson was pulled over on Highway 182 at 1:27 a.m. Saturday morning. He was later released on bond. A former running back with the Bulldogs in 1998 and 1999, Gibson stepped to his current post in February. He does not have a previous DUI on his record.
Jun 13 - 1:13 PM

Mississippi State defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon came out of the spring impressed with senior DE Johnathan Calvin.

He had every reason to be after Calvin wrecked the offense's spring game, coming away with four sacks and eight tackles. "Defensively we played well," Sirmon said. "We were pretty limited on our package, but the things that stood out to me was Johnathan Calvin looked good on the pass rush and did some nice things and we rushed the quarterback well with a four man rush." Calvin had 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks as a reserve last year.
Jun 8 - 5:18 PM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson wrote a blistering response to Mississippi State's decision to allow five-star DE Jeffery Simmons to enroll despite his outstanding misdemeanor assault charges.

"Rather than send a strong message, Mississippi State cowered and opted to give a second chance to incoming ESPN 300 recruit Jeffery Simmons because he is really good at football," Adelson wrote. Simmons -- who appeared on video striking a woman repeatedly in March -- does face a one-game suspension, which will be served in the season-opener against South Alabama. Adelson has something to say about that, as well. "Slow clap. Way to make a statement, gentlemen." The piece as a whole is well worth the read at the source link.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 4 - 3:56 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that Mississippi State senior WR Fred Ross possesses "a natural ability to accelerate off the line and mix his gears to create after the catch."

"Ross will lose focus at times and rely on his body to finish grabs, but his body control and length allow him to be consistent finishing throws away from his frame," Brugler noted. For the 2015 campaign (his first as a starter), the 6-foot-2, 207-pounder was a revelation. He recorded a school record 88 catches, racking up 1,077 yards and five touchdowns in the process. He could have jumped for the draft along with fellow wideout De'Runnya Wilson in January, but Brugler believes that he "probably made the right decision to return to Mississippi State and improve his consistency -- even if his production does suffer with new faces on the Bulldogs' offense."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 4 - 12:56 PM

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey quibbled with Mississippi State's notion that the conference was comfortable with their decision to allow five-star DE Jeffery Simmons to enroll.

In late March, a video popped up that showed Simmons hitting a woman repeatedly. Mississippi State has suspended him for the season-opener against South Alabama, but he otherwise faces no consequences. The school said on Thursday that the league office felt comfortable with the enrollment, but Sankey refuted that notion, saying, "I would not express comfort with that." He explained that it is up to the individual school to decide which players can and cannot enroll, not the SEC.
Jun 3 - 2:38 PM

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said that the conference would talk about potentially installing a rule that would prevent schools from signing legally-troubled recruits.

The SEC just passed an expanded regulation banning schools from accepting transfers from athletes who have been convicted or plead guilty/no contest to charges of sexual assault, domestic violence and the like (on Friday, they added dating violence and stalking to the list of transfer no-no's). Not included in this rule, though, is any regulation on high school recruits who have faced similar charges. The case of Jeffrey Simmons -- who was seen on video hitting a woman multiple times but was allowed to enroll at Mississippi State earlier this week -- is just one example of a recruit who might not have been able to sign if the SEC's regulations regarding violence were extended beyond transfers.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 3 - 1:54 PM

Mississippi State will allow five-star freshman DE Jeffery Simmons to enroll.

Per the SEC Network's Tony Barnhart, Simmons will be "monitored closely" after he joins the Bulldog program. The five-star prospect ranked as 247Sports' No. 3 defensive end in the country for the 2016 cycle, but his status at Mississippi State was put into limbo after a video surfaced in late March which showed him hitting a woman multiple times. After the video came to light, the 6-foot-4, 251-pounder took to Facebook to apologize. In a statement regarding the decision to allow him to enroll, AD Scott Stricklin explained that "[b]ased on conversations our staff has had with school, community and church leaders in Noxubee County, this incident appears to be uncharacteristic of Jeffery." Stricklin did caution that "there will be consequences for any future incidents." Simmons will be suspended for the season-opener against South Alabama, but should see the field soon after.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 5:24 PM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore S Brandon Bryant runs a 4.24 second 40-yard dash.

You may recognize 4.24 seconds as the NFL Combine forty record, famously set by Chris Johnson. Bryant, who picked off New England Patriots draftee Jacoby Brissett in the Belk Bowl, isn't just a burner. His bench press is 385 pounds and he deadlifts 600.
Source: NFL.com
May 31 - 8:15 PM

Updating a previous report, Mississippi State WR/TE De'Runnya Wilson has not signed with the Patriots.

He posted a photo of the Patriots' logo on his Instagram page last week but Wilson's agent, Rodney Edwards, said the team has not signed him. The UDFA will continue to look for work.
Source: ESPN.com
May 9 - 7:56 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco wrote that Mississippi State DE Chris Jones is a "big, powerful player who fits what the Chiefs want in their system."

Prisco graded out the Chiefs' overall draft haul with a B-, same as Rotoworld's Evan Silva. He views Jones as the team's best pick of the draft, writing that they did a "nice job" in selecting the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder at pick No. 37. For those with short-term memories, the Chiefs did not take a player in the first round, instead trading out in a deal with the 49ers. "Jones was considered a talented player who didn't always play hard," Prisco noted, "but he is a good pick in the second." The analyst was also high on Kansas City's sixth-round corner, D.J. White out of Georgia Tech.
Source: CBS Sports
May 8 - 7:13 PM


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