Hours after the Alabama Crimson Tide picked up two in-state recruits for their loaded 2017 class, the Mississippi State Bulldogs got into the mix as well on Sunday night.
The Bulldogs landed the services of defensive end Deandre Johnson of Miami, Florida. Johnson is a three-star recruit who primarily plays on the weak side and is ranked within the Top 125 in the state of Florida. Johnson fielded offers from high-major programs like South Carolina, Miami, Tennessee, Illinois and Auburn amongst others before he eventually decided to join the Bulldogs.
Johnson announced his commitment via his personal Twitter account.
The Bulldogs now lay claim to four commits from the Sunshine State. Johnson joins fellow Floridians Tyler Dunning, Cordavien Suggs, and Ravian Pierce in Dan Mullen’s 2017 recruiting class. That class could be further bolstered if they net the services of fellow defensive lineman LaBryan Ray who had Mississippi State amongst his top six schools which became an all-SEC affair with Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn and Ole Miss amongst the schools in play.
With Johnson’s commitment, the Bulldogs now have 22 hard commits per 247Sports. They remain in the Top 15 in the country and are sitting at seventh amongst the 14 teams in the Southeastern Conference.