Rivals Rankings: MSU Dominates Mississippi


Rivals.com has released its Mississippi Postseason Top 30* player rankings for the 2009 football class, and not surprisingly, Mississippi State dominates the state. Thirteen of those 30 are MSU commits, including six of the top 10 players: No. 2 Fletcher Cox, No. 3 Chad Bumphis, No. 6 Josh Boyd, No. 7 Chris Smith, No. 8 Tyler Russell and No. 10 Dennis Thames.

How do other schools compare? Southern Miss has commitments from seven of those players, while Ole Miss has three, the same number as Alabama.

The No. 1-ranked player is, of course, Noxubee County’s Patrick Patterson, who is undecided.

MSU’s 2009 class is currently ranked 22nd in the nation by Rivals and 17th by Scout.

*I don’t know if this is premium content, so forgive me if the link doesn’t work.


38 Responses to “Rivals Rankings: MSU Dominates Mississippi”

  1. atldawg Says:

    What does this say about Ole Miss? There is so much talent in Miss. Miss State wants it…Ole Miss doesn’t seem to.

  2. sptigerfan Says:

    Although we’re rated much higher in most recruiting services, Chris Low of ESPN has us ranked last in the SEC west in recruiting classes

  3. imabulldog Says:

    Well, thats typical…we never get respect, and I agree that we really don’t deserve any right now, but come on-he should be able to see that his ‘commentary’ does not fit the facts on this

  4. thespear Says:

    I heard some ppl who work at Nox. Co say Patterson is pretty set on Ole Miss, hope they r wrong tho…. but these folks have daily contact with him

  5. rwriffe Says:

    Well, that pretty much nails it. If Espn’s Chris Lowe said it then it must be the gospel. Rivals and Scout just don’t know that much about the recruiting scene.

    When it comes to us I would expect no less from ESPN.

  6. imabulldog Says:

    Anyone who can’t clearly decide between us and OM, can just ‘hit the door’ and if I was OM I’d feel the same way…

  7. imabulldog Says:

    I know he is a huge recruit, but you can’t eye to rivals at the same time

  8. mississippipitbull Says:

    If Patterson goes off and signs at Ole Miss he’ll be making the biggest mistake of his life. Ole Miss fans say they don’t need to recruit any way they got a top 10 team. How when its a choke artist behind center two of them really, McCluster and Snead. If Pat wants his time to shine msu is the way to go. I think we need a dual threat qb as a back up. more weapons.

  9. carwwest Says:

    i have said it on here before….chris low doesnt know a d**n thing about football….he is the worst writer i have ever seen….when he worked for the tennessean, i hated reading anything he had to write….anybody that knows anything about football in general knows more than chris low….even when he gets his facts straight, the story pretty much comes from other people’s stuff…i remember reading a story he wrote a while back that looked way too similar to one that i had read in sports illustrated already….he is a joke….espn has become worse and worse also….

  10. imabulldog Says:

    definitely Car

  11. tcfan Says:

    mspitbull, seriously?

    Biggest mistake of his life?

    I hate how recruiting fanatics love to be the opinion judges of 18 year olds. Yes, I’m an Ole Miss fan, but I’m not about to say if goes to Starkville he’ll be making the ‘worst mistake of his life’.

    Patterson is known to have it down between Ole Miss and Bama, with Ole Miss leading.

    And BTW, OLE MISS FANS aren’t the only one that think they’re top 10 worthy. Colin Cowherd, Kirk Herbstreit, Sports Illustrated, NationalChamps.net, all have Ole Miss in the top 10. Colin and Kirk have Ole Miss in the preseason top 5.

    ESPN.com has Ole Miss at #12 preseason.

    Ole Miss fans aren’t living in ‘fairy land’, plenty of people are giving them props besides the fans themselves.

    I think whatever decision Patterson makes is a good decision if he thinks it’s the best for him, regardless. Bumphis made the best decision FOR HIM. Kendrick Hardy made the best decision FOR HIM. Patterson will make the best decision for him, regardless of where he goes. I don’t think YOU should be the judge of him ‘making the worst mistake of his life’ if he so chooses not go to the school of your liking.

  12. buzzardroostus Says:

    After getting Bumpis, we honestly don’t need Patterson. I think Mullen will now focus on Defensive backs and Offensive Linemen.

    We’ve definitely racked up on Mississippi prospects. That’s a good feeling. Evidently Houston Nutt has connections in other states that he feels are a better fit for what he wants to do than what Mississippi has to offer. Ole Miss may not be getting Mississippi recruits but they’re getting who they want.

    I really pull for Ole Miss, MSU, and USM to keep the cream of the crop in Mississippi in this process. It’s good to see Mississippi boys stay in Mississippi. It was good to see us take Perkins from Auburn & Bumpis from Alabama. I can’t stand it when guys like Norwood go to Alabama. It makes the Egg Bowl more special when it’s played mostly by Mississippians.

  13. imabulldog Says:

    Very true, I love it when the kids have some loyalty

  14. darkcooger Says:

    tcfan – Agreed. If where a young man chooses to play college football could potentially be “making the biggest mistake of his life,” then he is truly blessed.

  15. JB Says:

    “MSU Dominates Mississippi”. Sorry to break the news to you but not in football anytime soon. The Rebels are on the rise and we can expect them to continue on this path for a long time under the leadership of Coach Nutt and his great staff.

  16. imabulldog Says:

    JB, you are my boy…BUT

    We had every opportunity to resurrect our program before yall did yours. We went 8-5, won a bowl, and if it were not for ‘bone-head’ coaching-we win atleast 3 maybe 4 more games this year, and we are in a bowl. Our coaching staff made a mockery of what our season ‘coulda’ been.

    …if history repeats itself, I’d be worried if I was yall, because last time I checked-yall came right off a 3 win season, had a winning season, won your bowl, and what’s next…we’ll see.

    BL is simply referring to ‘recruiting’ dominance-which is suitable-because yall are getting ‘pimp’ slapped within the state. Yall might be kickin butt elsewhere…

    State has 8- 4stars, and Ole Miss has ‘0’, but you’ll get your 1-five star, I’ll give you that.

    Yall may be on the rise…but we are too 😉

  17. imabulldog Says:

    Just didnt want the Rebel Nation to think we were getting too ‘high and mighty’, just addressing ‘recruiting’ matters

  18. goldendawg Says:

    Only one season removed from an 0-8 SEC slate and you are promising long-term dominance?

  19. midnightdawg Says:

    After UM scrambled, fried, and threw us at houses I’m thrilled to be beating them at anything right now, even if it’s just guessing and projecting. Maybe you Reb fans that parade around here can educate me on what y’all are doing out of state in recruiting (I’m lazy and busy…at the same time:) Maybe y’all are impressing the heck out of scouts, rivals, and the like. I don’t know. But that’s a short term recipe for success. Dominating the home state is HUGE!

  20. JB Says:

    ima, I have the greatest respect for you, my friend. The Best. JB

  21. benzadawgfan Says:

    Coach Nutt did a great job with O’s talent…. but a class full of 2 star athletes tells me the well may run dry. ( We’ll have to see what they do on the field.) Recruiting out of state for the bulk of your talent, may end up hurting in the long run, we all know about those long distance relationships. Coach Nutt may find some of his old buddies in bed with Petrino!

  22. gogawgs09 Says:

    espn.com is reporting that tony hughes will replace frank wilson as recruiting coordinator. another usm coach, man i bet they hate us! he is an ex-orgeron assistant and a very good recruiter so they say.

  23. imabulldog Says:

    bring him on’

    JB come check out my site-talk about the “Messiah Obama” 😉

  24. phantomdawg Says:


  25. imabulldog Says:

    Like how they went right around us

  26. tcfan Says:

    Nutt did good with’s O’s talent is what you say.

    Why can’t Nutt find the heralded two and three stars that O found.

    Shay Hodge (2 or 3 star)
    Mike Wallace (2 star)
    Greg Hardy (3 star)
    Brandon Bolden (3 star)
    Dexter McCluster (3 star)
    Kendrick Lewis (2 or 3 star)
    Marshay Green (3 star)
    John Jerry (initially 3 stars)
    Peria Jerry (initially 3 stars)
    Jason Cook (2 star)

    I’ll take those 2 and 3 stars ALL DAY.

  27. tcfan Says:

    BTW, Mississippi State has a great recruiting class, no doubt. If there was a team that won the state this year, it was without a doubt State, regardless of if Patterson commits and Skinner switches.

    Even USM is shaping up to have a great class. All three instate schools have very decent players, regardless of what the services say.

  28. imabulldog Says:

    Those are some god players TC

  29. benzadawgfan Says:

    TC, That is why I said we have to see what they do on the field. We all know recruiting is like buying stock. ‘Past performance is not always a good predictor of future results’ Time will tell weather Nutt has seen diamonds in the rough, or if the talent level is down this year. There are many 1&2 star success stories, and 4&5 star flops. We’ll just have to wait & see. Until then, as a loyal Bulldog, I will continue to ponder the utter demise of Ole Miss Sports, as I’m sure you will for MSU. Nothing personal.

  30. darkcooger Says:

    tc and others: My co-worker, an Auburn fan, pointed out to me that Tuberville always recruited lesser-sought players and built them into a quality team. Taking that into consideration, it’s dangerous to knock Ole Miss’s recruiting class. I honestly don’t know much about Nutt as a coach (though I always hear that he’s a great recruiter) so maybe it’s a non issue. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

  31. buzzardroostus Says:

    One thing you have to give to Houston Nutt. He knows how to get the most out of his players. Thank God he’s not working with 4 and 5 star players.

  32. buzzardroostus Says:

    Or could it be, that most of these scouts are just that. Scouts. And they have no freaking clue how to assess real talented and hard working football players.

  33. imabulldog Says:

    Thats funny Benza, you know deep down we all hope that against eachother

  34. benzadawgfan Says:

    Ima, its not all that deep. I wear it as a badge of honor.

  35. imabulldog Says:


  36. mississippipitbull Says:

    Well ok it wouldn’t be “the worst” mistake of his life but a horrible decision nevertheless going to ole miss over state. PatPatterson need an oppurtunity to shine and I think its at state where he will shine. Along side Chad the Great, Chris Smith and Tyler Russell the South Panola Slayers. Now hows that for a spread with langston or leon berry? Very formidable don’t you think? You can stick any one of the 10-15 running backs we’re going to have back there and they’ll do their thing. Conner, Dixon, Elliot, Ducre, slay, Thames, Perkins we’ve got athletes and SPEED!!!!!

  37. tcfan Says:

    I could sit here and list a million reasons why I think he should go to Ole Miss over State and list all of our star studs, all the WRs (that performed well), all the young players coming up for Ole Miss, and all the stable backs we have, but that would be just as biased as your statement.

    Good luck to the kid. It’s going to be either Ole Miss or Bama. He didn’t even give State an official visit, or hasn’t yet. Ole Miss this weekend and Tennessee the next.

  38. mississippipitbull Says:

    He took his first visit to mississippi state and decommited. That was also in the Croom era. Big diffrence from then to now. Stable of good receivers? Backs yeah that were recievers. Anyway this a STATE fan page. We’ve got a spread with or without him. Thanks for your insight.

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