The Mississippi State Bulldogs continued to add to their impressive 2015 class with the commitment of three-star cornerback Maurice Smitherman (Adamsville, Al. Minor), according to Chris Nee of 247Sports.
The 5-9, 178-pound cornerback picked the Bulldogs over offers from Florida State, Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU and Georgia, among others. He also had interest in Alabama and Florida, but neither of those two programs had extended formal offers to him.
Smitherman is ranked as the No. 322 player overall regardless of position, No. 29 ranked cornerback and the No. 11 player out of the state of Alabama.
Mississippi State’s addition of Smitherman brings up their total to 14 commitments for Dan Mullen’s 2015 class that ranks No. 8 nationally and No. 6 in the SEC, trailing Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, LSU and South Carolina.
This is an extremely great start to the recruiting class for Mullen and company as the Bulldogs could put together one of their best classes in program history, especially if the 2014 season goes as successfully as I envision it will with Dak Prescott leading a talented offense and playmakers like Benardrick McKinney and Chris Jones leading an underrated defense.
Certainly it’s a long ways away until National Signing Day in February, but with a deep and diverse class taking shape in early June, it bodes well for Mississippi State to ride this wave of momentum into the summer evaluation period.
Mississippi State has commitments from eight of the top 25 recruits in the Magnolia State and are the favorites for No. 1 in-state recruit Jamal Peters and No. 4 in-state recruit Malik Dear and are in good position for No. 5 in-state product Fletcher Adams, although he names the Ole Miss Rebels his leaders in late April.
However, the Bassfield, Jackson and Brandon, Miss. natives are all predicted to head to Starkville per their crystal ball on 247Sports.