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Updating Mississippi State's Class of 2020

Last updated: 06-07-2019

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Updating Mississippi State's Class of 2020

Updating Mississippi State's Class of 2020
Joe Moorhead (Photo: Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page, 247Sports)
 
Another recruiting cycle has been underway for awhile now and the Class of 2020 has long been in the spotlight. Of course, the work for that class started way before this year and Mississippi State currently sits at 14 commitments in the 2020 edition.
That group is currently ranked No. 13 nationally by 247Composite and No. 5 in the SEC. The class currently features a pair of 247Sports' fourpstar prospects with a couple of other commitments inching closer to four-star status.
With the recent additions to the class, today we re-introduce this group to recruiting fans and feature the groundwork of the Bulldogs' start in the Class of 2020.
JAVORRIUS SELMON
Rank: 4-star (247Composite No. 379 overall, No. 23 athlete, No. 6 in state)
Height and Weight: 5-9, 170
High School: Provine High School
Commitment Date: Nov. 8, 2018
Recruiting Coach: Terrell Buckley
Teams(s) to watch for: Ole Miss, Auburn
An ankle injury limited Selmon to only five games last season and he totaled two interceptions and six PBUs when he was on the field. He is your prototypical cornerback and when you observe his movements and smooth cuts, it is clear why.
Selmon has the ability to be among the top prospects in the state and is already at No. 7 on that list so far. He committed to the Bulldogs on the same day last November and has remained solid since that decision.
WILL ROGERS
Rank: 3-star (247Composite No. 770 overall, No. 29 pro-style quarterback, No. 19 in state)
Height and Weight: 6-2, 205
High School: Brandon High School
Commitment Date: Jan. 23, 2019
Recruiting Coach: Andrew Breiner
Teams(s) to watch for: Ole Miss, Washington State
Rogers became the most recent addition to Mississippi State's 2020 class and his commitment happened not long after the Bulldogs offered him. Rogers threw for over 3,000 yards last year and has good accuracy and arm strength. Those attributes will only improve this year and he also possesses a high football IQ, which is natural for any coach's son.
Rogers did surprise a lot of people when he committed this early and he also holds a Washington State offer. Other SEC programs also have their eye on Rogers, and that includes Ole Miss.
JOHNQUARISE PATTERSON
 
Position: Receiver
Rank: 3-star (247Sports No. 5 juco prospect overall, No. 1 juco receiver, No. 2 juco prospect in state)
Height and Weight: 6-1, 170
High School/Community College: Hinds Community College
Commitment Date: Sept. 16, 2018
Recruiting Coach: Michael Johnson
Teams(s) to watch for: None
Patterson originally signed with Mississippi State in the Class of 2018 but had to go the junior college route first. He spent last season at Jones College and totaled 27 catches for 253 yards and four touchdowns. In January, Patterson left Jones College and is now at Hinds Community College.
Patterson was electric in high school and led Pearl High School to an undefeated season and Class 6A championship in 2017. Not long after last season started, Patterson went public with his intentions to remain committed to the Bulldogs and did so in the Class of 2020.
SHAQUON ANDERSON-BUTTS
 
Position: Receiver/Athlete
Rank: 3-star (247Sports No. 6 juco prospect overall, No. 2 juco receiver, No. 1 juco prospect in state)
Height and Weight: 6-0.5, 202
High School/Community College: Iowa Western Community College
Commitment Date: Dec. 14, 2018
Recruiting Coach: Terry Richardson
Teams(s) to watch for: Texas A&M, Kentucky
Anderson-Butts redshirted last season at Iowa Western and could play receiver or safety at the next level. He was also a surprise commitment for the Bulldogs back in December. But he's had a long-time connection with Joe Moorhead and will have three years to play three in the Division 1 ranks.
The former Under Armour All-American originally committed to Penn State in the Class of 2018 and was recruited by Moorhead during that time. He is expected to play receiver this year for Iowa Western and has yet to visit Mississippi State.
JEVON BANKS
Rank: 3-star (247Composite No. 694 overall, No. 26 Weak-Side Defensive End, No. 15 in state)
Height and Weight: 6-2, 260
High School: Olive Branch High School
Commitment Date: Feb. 10, 2019
Recruiting Coach: Deke Adams
Teams(s) to watch for: Tennessee, Texas A&M
Banks produced a solid junior campaign for Olive Branch and once again paced a defensive-led charge deep into the Class 5A playoffs. He is listed as an outside linebacker but spent most of his junior season coming off the edge of the defensive line.
Banks is still growing into his frame and is coming off a 100-plus tackles season that also included 14 tackles for loss. His first step often leads to explosive plays in the opposing backfield and his strength also allows him to play well against the run. And don't be surprised to see Banks play on the interior of the defensive line at the next level.
EMMANUEL FORBES
Rank: 3-star (247Composite No. 731 overall, No. 51 cornerback, No. 17 in the state)
Height and Weight: 6-2, 163
High School: Grenada High School
Commitment Date: Feb. 10, 2019
Recruiting Coach: Terrell Buckley
Teams(s) to watch for: Tennessee, Ole Miss
Forbes did a little bit of everything last year for Grenada High School. And wherever he was - defense, offense and special teams - Forbes was making plays. He totaled a couple of receiving touchdowns and a couple of punt return touchdowns while holding his own at cornerback in the Grenada secondary.
Thus far, Forbes has been one of the best-kept secrets in the Magnolia State Class of 2020. But with his junior film making the rounds, they may not be the case this summer and he's collected four new Power 5 offers since the middle of May.
ARMONDOUS COOLEY AND CALVIN MCMILLIAN
Armondous Cooley (Photo: @armondous)
Rank: 3-star (247Composite No. 830 overall, No. 66 defensive tackle, No. 21 in state)
Height and Weight: 6-4, 280
High School: Wayne County High School
Commitment Date: March 24, 2019
Recruiting Coach: Deke Adams
Teams(s) to watch for: Tennessee, Oregon
If you're looking for the state's most athletic defensive lineman, Cooley could easily be that guy. He plays defensive end in certain schemes at Wayne County High School but his future is on the interior at the next level. Cooley has the size and athleticism to consistently beat double teams on the inside and that rare feature is always a must in the SEC trenches.
2020 OL Calvin McMillian (Photo: Steve Robertson , 247Sports)
 
Rank: 3-star (247Composite No. 914 overall, No. 72 offensive tackle, No. 25 in state)
Height and Weight: 6-5, 295
High School: Houston High School
Commitment Date: March 23, 2019
Recruiting Coach: Marcus Johnson
Teams(s) to watch for: None
Like most high school offensive linemen, McMillian is raw in his technique and that will come with more experience and once he enters the college ranks. But he already possesses the mean streak and athleticism to protect the quarterback in the SEC trenches.
McMillian is being recruited to play offensive tackle at Mississippi State, and he's been Houston's starting left tackle the past two seasons.
TRE LAWSON AND BENJAMIN KEY
(Photo: @LawsonTre)
Height and Weight: 6-6, 240
High School/Community College: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Commitment Date: March 23, 2019
Recruiting Coach: Deke Adams
Teams(s) to watch for: Oregon, West Virginia
The former Florida State transfer is a new name of sorts to this class, mainly due to his lack of attention leading up to his Mississippi State commitment. Now in the Magnolia State juco ranks, finding a long and speedy pass-rusher in this class was a priority for the Bulldogs, especially with two seniors in the current defensive end rotation for 2019.
Lawson's frame has been compared to the likes of former Bulldog Montez Sweat and it's easy to see why. The South Carolina native still has more room to add muscle to his frame and that has already been a point of emphasis for Lawson this offseason.
(Photo: Twitter)
BENJAMIN KEY
Position: Defensive Tackle/Strong-side Defensive End
Rank: 3-star (247Sports No. 16 juco prospect overall, No. 4 strong-side defensive end, No. 4 juco prospect in state)
Height and Weight: 6-5, 290
High School/Community College: East Los Angeles College
Commitment Date: April 30, 2019
Recruiting Coach: Deke Adams
Teams(s) to watch for: Southern Cal, UCLA, Oregon
Key is one of the most intriguing commitments in the Mississippi State class thus far. The Australian native and Samoan has only played two years of football and that includes his first season of juco ball last fall. He played defensive end and defensive tackle in last year's juco debut season and is expected to be an interior player on the defensive line for the Bulldogs. Still learning the game, his quickness and strength serve him well in the trenches and should do so in the SEC, as well.
DAVONTAE MCCRAE AND JO'QUAVIOUS MARKS
(Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)
Height and Weight: 6-5, 270
High School/Community College: East Mississippi Community College
Commitment Date: May 20, 2019
Recruiting Coach: Deke Adams
Teams(s) to watch for: Arizona, Colorado
Mississippi State has encountered a lot of success with reverse transfers in the past few recruiting classes and are hoping for the same with McCrae. He is a former N.C. State transfer that arrived in the Magnolia State juco ranks in March. He could also end up on the interior of the defensive line at the next level and that just depends on his growth. McCrae redshirted last year at N.C. State so he will have three years to play three at Mississippi State.
4-star RB Jo'Quavious Marks (Photo: 247Sports)
 
Rank: 4-star (247Composite No. 163 overall, No. 14 running back, No. 18 in state)
Height and Weight: 5-10, 190
High School/Community College: Carver (Ga.) High School
Commitment Date: May 21, 2019
Recruiting Coach: Terry Richardson
Teams(s) to watch for: Florida State, Penn State, North Carolina, Louisville
Marks has been a long-time target for the Bulldogs and a major need in this class, particularly based on his position and the lack of elite running backs in Mississippi State's previous two recruiting classes. His vision and speed stand out on film and Marks has maintained his speed with added weight over the past year or so. Marks is also an early high school graduate and will enroll in January of 2020.
TAMARION MCDONALD AND CAMERON THREATT
Tamarion McDonald (Photo: David Johnson, 247Sports)
 
Rank: 3-star (247Composite No. 917 overall, No. 66 outside linebacker, No. 32 prospect in state)
Height and Weight: 6-2, 212
High School/Community College: Whitehaven (Tenn.) High School
Commitment Date: May 25, 2019
Recruiting Coach: Chris Marve
Teams(s) to watch for: LSU, Ole Miss
Linebacker is a major priority for the Bulldogs in the Class of 2020 and McDonald was the first linebacker to join the class in late May. He plays more of a rover linebacker position for Whitehaven and serves many roles on that star-studded defense in the Memphis ranks. McDonald is likely to stick at linebacker at the next level due to having a frame that can add more weight.
Cameron Threatt (Photo: Steve Robertson, 247Sports)
 
Rank: (247Composite No. 56 cornerback, No. 20 prospect in state)
Height and Weight: 5-11, 165
High School/Community College: Lewisburg High School
Commitment Date: June 1, 2019
Recruiting Coach: Terrell Buckley
Teams(s) to watch for: Kentucky, Louisville
Threatt played a variety of roles for Lewisburg last season and that is the norm for guys with his athleticism. But his mentality, without a doubt, suits him best at cornerback. He plays with that edge needed on 'the island' and isn't afraid to enter the box to slow down the running game. Threatt still has to get stronger and add more weight but his instincts at corner are exactly what the Bulldogs need in the future.


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