Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

A week ago the Mississippi State Bulldogs held just two verbal commitments, DeVante Scott and Brandon Wells. Last Thursday, Gadsden City, Alabama wide receiver B.J. Hammond announced his intentions to sign with Mississippi State. Hammond's decision began a very successful six day run on the recruiting trail for Coach Dan Mullen and his staff.

To say the pace has quickened would be putting it mildly. The Bulldogs' commitment list swelled from a pair of pledges to double digits decisions at a break neck pace.

Hammond spent three days camping at LSU last week. During the drive home from Baton Rouge, Hammond decided it was time to close out his recruitment and commit to Mississippi State.

"I am trying to work it out and go over there and commit to them tomorrow," said Hammond on the eve of his decision. "Mississippi State has been straight with me since the beginning."

The 6-4, 210 pound wide out chose the Bulldogs over offers from Arkansas State, Auburn, LSU, Memphis, Ole Miss, Purdue and UAB.

Kent Flowers of Hollandale Simmons became the first offensive lineman to pledge to the Bulldogs for the class of 2013.

After attending camps at Ole Miss and Mississippi State in consecutive weekends, the 6-4, 300 pounder tabbed the Bulldogs over an offer from Ole Miss.

While it took a while for the Bulldog staff to secure their first offensive lineman for the class, the state's most highly recruited OL, Deon Mix, jumped in the boat less than 24 hours after Flowers.

Mix reports 23 scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas among others.

"It's just the way people treat you down here," said Mix of his commitment. "It's like I'm going into my backyard.

"Everybody talks to me like I'm their brother. (And) the players are like my brothers. They work out hard and they play like I play, they want to win."

A pair of commitments followed on Monday as pass rusher Chris Jones of Houston High School in Houston, Mississippi and talented quarterback Cord Sandberg of Bradenton, Florida closed out their recruitments.

Jones attended the Bulldogs' summer camp session in 2011 as an offensive lineman from Nettleton High School.

A year later Jones was back on campus working out as a defensive end.

After a strong showing on Friday, Jones was invited to commit. After taking the weekend to consider his future, the 6-6, 270 pounder returned to Starkville with his family to officially pledge his collegiate allegiance to Mississippi State.

Joining Jones with a Monday pledge, was Florida State champion quarterback Cord Sandberg.

Sanndberg received offers to play quarterback at Arizona, Auburn, Baylor, Central Florida, Clemson, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, South Florida, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and West Virginia to play quarterback.

Florida offered the chance to play safety, an option that Sandberg declined.

"I was also considering Auburn, Missouri and LSU because I wanted to play in the SEC," said Sandberg of his finalists. "Mississippi State just felt like the right fit with the coaching staff and everything else."

Sandberg's June commitment is the earliest that Dan Mullen has taken a commitment from a quarterback since Junior College transfer Bryan Waggener committed to Florida as a member of the 2007 signing class.

Good news was still on the way for the Maroon and White faithful.

A three commitment day came on Tuesday when Bulldog legacy Gabriel Myles, four star Kailo Moore and Alabama standout receiver DeAndre Woods all offered their verbal pledges.

Myles, the son of former Mississippi State defensive back Eddie Myles, grew up attending games at Mississippi State.

"I grew up watching these guys play," said the Starkville High star of the Bulldogs. "Every time I came to a game, I always thought that could be me in Maroon and White some day."

Wide receiver DeAndre Woods attended camp over the weekend. Woods returned to Starkville with his mother in tow to have a formal sit down with Coach Dan Mullen about a future as a Bulldog.

The Clay-Chalkville standout collected offers from Arkansas, Auburn, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Southern Cal, Southern Miss, UAB and Vanderbilt.

Woods had tipped his hand a bit the day before his announcement. While his commitment was certainly huge news, it was not a total surprise.

The dramatic reveal came when Kailo Moore, the nation's 13th rated running back, went public with his commitment to Mississippi State.

Moore, a one time Ole Miss commitment, reports that he has high aspirations for his final season in high school as well as a college career in Starkville.

"My goal now is to get my team to the state championship my last year of high school," said Moore. "The main thing now is to meet up with some other players, some four and five-star players, and help get them (to MSU) so we can build a franchise and hopefully win a national championship."

The West Bolivar standout chose the Bulldogs over offers from Memphis, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt.

In a matter of six days, eight talented prospects went from available to committed.

The Bulldogs close out their first summer camp session this weekend before making preparations for the Big Dawg camp next month.

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