Big Dawg Leads to Big Haul

It was a day that will not soon be forgotten. Big Dawg camp 2014 proved to be one for the ages as Dan Mullen and his staff reeled in eight verbal commitments before the day was done. With twenty five verbals in hand, the Bulldogs clearly have some solid momentum heading into fall camp in what promises to be an exciting season.

The Bulldogs' big day began with long time lean, Justin Johnson of Hoover High (AL), making his announcement during a break in the action.

Johnson has made several trips to Starkville over the course of the past few months, but elected to make his announcement back home.

The talented tight end prospect chose the Bulldogs over offers from Arkansas State, Jacksonville State, Kentucky, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama, Southern Miss, UAB and Western Kentucky.

Nixa, Missouri running back Alec Murphy has been high on Mississippi State since the Bulldogs offered shortly after his junior season ended.

A season that saw Murphy run for close to 1,600 yards and find the end zone 20 times.

Murphy kept his cards close to his vest as his announcement approached, but it was clear that the Florence, Mississippi native was ready to return to the Magnolia State for his college years.

Ranked the #68 running back nationally by Scout.com, Murphy picked the Bulldogs over offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Memphis and Purdue among others.

Murphy's pledge was quickly followed by future running back stable mate Nick Gibson.

Gibson rushed for 2,205 yards and 27 touchdowns last fall on his way to being named Alabama's 5A back of the year by the Alabama Sports Writer's Association.

The Pinson Valley, Alabama product collected several offers including tenders from Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, South Carolina and Tennessee among others.

Bay Springs, Mississippi standout Jonnas Spivey was one of the first in state prospects to receive an offer from Mississippi State.

Spivey went on to add offers from Arkansas State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss and Tennessee.

It turns out the first option the versatile Spivey picked up was the only one he would really need as he committed to the home state Bulldogs.

A quarterback by high school trade, Spivey could make the move out wide, where he worked out at Big Dawg camp, or make the move to safety.

In addition to being extremely talented, Spivey is well connected to several of the top players in south Mississippi.

Commitment number five came from Co-Lin defensive end Jonathan Calvin who prepped at Murrah High School in Jackson, Mississippi.

Calvin played alongside fellow 2015 Bulldog pledge Malik Dear during his senior season for the Mustangs in 2012.

Calvin is expected to enroll in Starkville in January after signing later this year which will enable Mississippi State to count him towards 2014's 25 allowable grants.

The talented defensive end considers himself more of a pass rusher which is music to the ears of Bulldog fans eager to see more pressure put on opposing signal callers.

The Bulldogs beat out Auburn, Illinois, Iowa State, Miami, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M and West Virginia among others.

A huge blow in the battle for instate recruiting supremacy was struck when Bassfield All-American safety Jamal Peters announced for the Bulldogs.

Peters, accompanied by his mother, made the trip to Starkville with the idea of committing in mind.

The Bulldogs were firmly in the list of Peters' favorites from the beginning of the process.

Well respected throughout the state, news of Peters' pledge made the rounds quickly on social media leading several other players to reach out and congratulate on him on his decision.

Peters tabbed the Bulldogs as his school of choice over offers from Alabama, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Missouri, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, TCU, Tennessee and Texas A&M among several others.

The Bulldog 2016 class picked up a new member as return visitor Dee Nalls of Fayette County, Alabama made his decision to be a Bulldog known.

Nalls did not work out during Big Dawg, but was one of the junior standouts of the June camp sessions.

Projected as an offensive guard, Nalls measures in at 6-3, 295 as just a high school junior.

Just when it looked like the Bulldogs were done, another Alabama standout elected to cross state lines and compete against his home state schools on the next level.

Birmingham Metro player of the year, Keith Mixon of Shades Valley High School in Irondale, Alabama, ran wild in 2013.

The 4.3 speedster had 2,822 all-purpose yards and 35 touchdowns during his junior campaign, a total he hopes to surpass this fall.

Mixon accepted the offer to be a Bulldog over a dozen other offers including Cincinnati, Memphis, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt.

Mississippi State currently holds 25 pledges towards the 2015 signing class with more commitments on the way.

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