Missisisppi State Football Recruiting: Marcus Murphy rises in 247Sports rankings

Mississippi State’s 2018 recruiting class is starting to take shape. Malik Heath has been named a Dandy Dozen and Marcus Murphy sees jump in recruiting ranking.

Mississippi State’s football recruiting class gained its thirteenth and fourteenth commitments on this past Maroon Friday.

Defensive backs Tyrese Ross and Shawn Preston both announced their pledges to the Bulldogs. Todd Grantham is now in charge of the defense and both defensive backs fit the mold of the aggressive style he loves to implement.

Another commitment that is expected to play in the secondary in Starkville is West Point’s Marcus Murphy. Murphy re-committed to the Bulldogs in May after initially pulling back from his commitment in January. The do-it-all athlete is being recruited as a safety for Mississippi State.

Today, 247Sports released their updated 2018 rankings. Murphy was one of the Mississippi prospects to see his name leap in the system. Murphy was named to The Clarion-Ledger’s “Dandy Dozen” last week. He sees his momentum in the rankings continue.

The West Point product is rated as the best prospect in the state of Mississippi. 247Sports ranks him as a top-200 player nationally and the sixth best “athlete” in the 2018 recruiting cycle.Needless to say, Mississippi State is adding a big time and impactful player to the squad. Watch his hudl film here.

Elsewhere in the updated rankings, Malik Heath drops to the second best prospect in the Magnolia State. Heath, also a Mississippi State commitment, is ranked as the 199th best in the nation. The 6-foot-3 and 205 pound target has programs such as LSU and Florida State pursuing, but he remains committed to the Bulldogs. Like Murphy, Malik Heath was also selected to the C-L’s Dandy Dozen.

Mississippi State commitments Esaias Furdge and Kwatrivous Johnson also landed in the state’s top ten rankings. Oak Grove’s Jaden Crumedy, Hattiesburg’s Fabian Franklin, and Callaway’s James Williams round out the top five.

The Bulldogs have all four predictions to land Crumedy. Crumedy, a four-star defensive lineman, would give Todd Grantham a big time pass rusher to work with in his new defense. State also has two of five predictions to land Williams in the 2018 class.

Missisisppi State’s annual Big Dawg Camp is set for next Friday, July 21st. As always, Maroon and White Nation will provide you with the latest news and notes surrounding Mississippi State recruiting.