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Mississippi State T Martinas Rankin visited the Bengals over the weekend.

The Bengals will be investing in their offensive line this draft. They have needs along the outside and the interior. Rankin likely will draw a third-round plus pick.
Apr 16 - 8:54 AM

Mississippi State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 edge-rusher De'Monte Russell.

Russell picks the Bulldogs over offers from schools like Florida, Florida State, Oregon and Tennessee. Reports indicate that Russell (6'3/215) has elite quickness and is deceptively strong, but will obviously need to gain weight in order to handle the rigors of the SEC. This appears to be a high-upside prospect, but one who might need to take some time before he's contributing at the collegiate level.
Apr 13 - 8:34 PM

Mississippi State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DE Ani Izuchukwu.

Izuchukwu (6'4/226) named Alabama, Ohio State and South Carolina as the leaders for his pledge this past September, so apparently the Bulldogs have come on strong over the proceeding months. He's taken several unofficial visits to Mississippi State this spring and will be embarking on an official visit to the program later this offseason. His newly forged commitment to the Bulldogs continues what's been a hot roll in recruiting for HC Joe Moorhead and staff -- Izuchukwu is the fourth pledge they've landed in just the past eight days. On the 247Sports composite board, the Nigerian immigrant ranks as the No. 6 overall prospect in the state of Tennessee for the 2019 cycle.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 12 - 12:49 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Mississippi State OL Martinas Rankin to Seattle Seahawks C Justin Britt.

Rankin played mostly tackle at Mississippi State, but many believe he'll make a move to center. Britt also was a tackle who moved to center, so this is an interesting comp. Zierlein notes that Rankin can lose leverage and needs to improve his pad level, but also notes that he has excellent instincts and is athletic enough to get off the line quick. Rankin is a candidate to play anywhere on the line, and that should make him a Day 2 draftee.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 8:44 PM

Mississippi State received a verbal commitment from 2019 three-star QB Garrett Shrader.

Shrader picks the Bulldogs over offers from schools like Florida, Alabama, Louisville, Penn State and Tennessee; just to name a select few. The dual-threat quarterback is ranked 13th at the position by 247 Sports, and the 21st best player in the state of North Carolina. With his size and reported ability throw/run with the football, he could have a chance to compete for the quarterback job when he enrolls at some point in 2019.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 3 - 7:54 PM

An AFC team regional scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that there was "no way" he could put his name on Mississippi State TE Jordan Thomas.

"There is no way I would put my name on him to my boss," the scout said. "No way. I don't think he can be trusted on or off the field. You see flashes but I think that's all it is. Flashes." Well, then. Thomas has elite size (6'5/265), but he disappeared at times from games, and had a below-average combine. Someone might take a chance on him because of the size-speed combination, but it likely won't be until the end of the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 7:55 PM

Mississippi State TE Jordan Thomas ran a 4.74 second 40 yard dash on Saturday in the NFL Scouting Combine.

That's tied for the fifth best time of any tight end; tying Indiana tight end Ian Thomas. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound tight end didn't put up big numbers at Mississippi State, but he impressed during the East-West Shrine Game practices, and even lined up at wideout. He looks to be a Day 3 prospect at this point.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 7:33 PM

Mississippi State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 CB DJ James.

James ranks as the 45th best cornerback in the class by 247 Sports composite rankings, and the 24th best player in the state of Alabama. He chooses the Bulldogs over offers from schools like Auburn, Florida and Ole Miss. At 6-foot, 175-pounds, he has the size and measurables you look for in an outside corner. You can never have too many of those.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 25 - 1:00 PM

247Sports' Steve Robertson reports that Mississippi State will hire former South Alabama HC Joey Jones to serve as special teams coordinator.

Jones helmed the ship at South Alabama from 2008-17 before opting to resign from his post at the end of the most recent campaign. The Jaguars finished just 4-8 for the season. Overall, Jones owned a 52-50 record during his lengthy tenure at the program. This new gig with Mississippi State will be his first coaching in the SEC.
Feb 22 - 6:52 PM

Mississippi State freshman WR Nathaniel Watson was arrested on Friday in relation to an alleged drag race.

Watson (6'3/200) signed with Mississippi State at the beginning of the month, but there's now been major complication. He was arrested on Friday in Maplesville, Alabama, after being involved in what the police report describes as a drag race with a high school classmate. According to the authorities, the race "ended" after Watson was forced to swerve to avoid an oncoming vehicle, at which point he lost control of the wheel and crashed into a power pole, cutting it in half and shorting out power to parts of town in the process. Yikes. Making matters worse, Watson had a passenger in his car and that passenger sustained injury serious enough to require an airlifting to the hospital. All of this has resulted in multiple charges against the three-star athlete, the most major of which is being reported as a first-degree assault charge, a felony. Mississippi State has issued a "no comment at this time" statement on the unfortunate incident.
Feb 17 - 1:52 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that Mississippi State T Martinas Rankin may have to kick inside to guard or center in the NFL.

Pauline goes so far as to call such a move for Rankin "very likely." The analyst notes that he has yet to hear from a team source who views the 6-foot-5, 307-pounder as a left tackle for the next level. Pauline's outlet stamps Rankin with a grade for Rds. 2-3 at this juncture.
Feb 14 - 1:16 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Mississippi State TE Jordan Thomas has "starting potential" at the next level.

Thomas is massive (6'5/270), and impressed scouts with his ability to line up out wide during the East-West Shrine Game practices. Pauline writes that Thomas "may need to redshirt for a year once he starts his NFL career, but the massive tight end has starting potential. He was kind of all over the place at Mississippi State, yet one can’t help but be impressed watching him move his frame around the field." We'll be very curious to see how he performs at the combine.
Feb 12 - 1:24 PM

Mississippi State signed four-star 2018 T Kwatrivous Johnson in December.

Johnson (6'8/359) hooked up with the Bulldogs during the early signing period. He's one of the largest prospects in the 2018 class, but is also a surprising nimble athlete. He'll have to closely monitor his weight in Starkville if he's to maximize his potential. On the 247Sports composite board for the 2018 cycle, Johnson sauntered his way in at No. 294 overall.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 8 - 3:47 PM

Georgia will reportedly bring back Mississippi State special teams coach Scott Fountain to be the new ST coach.

Fountain's time with Mississippi State was short lived, as he was only with the program for a little over a month. He comes back to Georgia to replace Shane Beamer, who is left the Bulldogs to join the Oklahoma coaching staff. He also has coached for Iowa State, UCF, Florida State and Middle Tennessee in various roles.
Feb 7 - 3:34 PM

Penn State and former DC Bob Shoop reached a settlement on two outstanding lawsuits.

Penn State sued Shoop for $900,000 last summer, alleging that he owed that money due to his initial contract stipulations which required him to pay back the school if he took a position other than head coach at another university during the course of the contract. Shoop accepted the defensive-coordinating job at Tennessee in January of 2016. Following Penn State's initial lawsuit, Shoop countersued on the basis of what he termed to be a "hostile, negative work environment" in Happy Valley. Both of these suits have now been settled. Shoop was hired to serve as defensive coordinator by Mississippi State in December.
Feb 2 - 12:04 PM


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