Mississippi State’s 2016 recruiting class is still in limbo with less than two weeks remaining until National Signing Day. On Jan. 17, news broke that 4-star defensive tackle Raekwon Davis had flipped from Alabama to the Bulldogs, but conflicting reports leave his status up in the air. However, one positive for Mississippi State that this class is headed in the right direction was a verbal commitment from Southlake Carroll (Texas) wide receiver Zach Farrar on Thursday.
Farrar (6-4, 205) had a breakout season in 2015, recording 56 receptions for 1,114 yards with 19 touchdowns. During his senior season, interest and offers started coming in from everywhere for the Lone Star State native with teams like Nebraska, Texas Tech, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Boston College and BYU all offering. In total, Farrar secured more than 20 offers but limited his visits to Oklahoma State (unofficial, Nov. 28), an unofficial, Washington (Dec. 12) and Mississippi State (Jan. 15).
This past weekend was a big one recruiting-wise for Dan Mullen and his staff, as they also secured commitments from a quartet of Mississippi prospects in West Point offensive lineman Scott Lashley, Noxubee County defensive end Jeffery Simmons and Starkville defensive lineman Kobe Jones and wide receiver Nigel Knott, as well as a tentative one from the aforementioned Davis, and the Texan Farrar. The Bulldogs also hosted current SEC commits defensive end Cecil Stallings (South Carolina) and linebacker Jeremiah Moon (Florida).
Mississippi State currently has 16 verbal commitments, highlighted by a pair of 4-star defensive end recruits from the state — Drelan Porter (South Panola) and Marquiss Spencer (Greenwood). However, to this point, the Bulldogs have thus far lost the in-state recruiting battle to Ole Miss after winning the Magnolia State in this respect in 2015. The Rebels have landed 4-star in-state recruits wide receiver DeKaylin Metcalf (Oxford), defensive tackle Benito Jones (Wayne County), athlete Justin Connor (North Panola) along with 3-star offensive lineman Eli Johnson (Lafayette), and 3-star tight end Octavious Cooley. Mullen and his staff have laid the groundwork to gain recruiting ground, as Mississippi State appears headed towards a total of 25 signees, which could easily flip the scales in term of this class ends up ranking when all is said and done.
All the recruiting excitement will culminate with National Signing Day on Feb. 3.
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManInLA.