STARKVILLE, Miss.- Starkville High has rebounded from a 1-3 start to the 2012 season with four straight wins behind the play of prospects from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 classes.
Mississippi State commit Gabe Myles said that the Bulldogs "showed they were a great team" during their 41-31 win against Tennessee on Saturday.
While Mississippi State commitment Gabe Myles is the name on the tip of the tongue for obvious reasons, there are several top-notch players on the team. Myles is joined in the senior class by a trio of FBS prospects, while the 2014 class features on the states best and the 2015 class boasts a trio of prospects that could be heavily recruited.
Myles talks Bulldogs big game
One of the top prospects in the senior class in the state of Mississippi is athlete Gabe Myles. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound high school quarterback that projects to defensive back on the next level was all smiles on Monday afternoon with Starkville riding a four game winning streak, and his father’s alma matter and school he’s committed to- State- coming off a big 41-31 win against Tennessee in front of a jacked up crowd.
“It was live out there (at MSU),” Myles said. “That’s the one word I would use to describe it. The fans were all into the game, it was a battle in the end because Tennessee came back and gave a little fight. Mississippi State showed they are a great team because they knew how to win it in the end when it got close. It was live out there.”
It’s games like Saturday that get prospects on the edge of their seat and looking forward to taking the field at the next level. For the speedy Myles, he knows the work ahead of him to best prepare for those future moments.
“I’m going to tell you this, it’s the weight room workouts that will be a big adjustment for me,” he said. “I did a BigDawg camp workout last summer, and I was gone afterwards, and it wasn’t as hard as the team workouts. I can handle my books and classes and everything else, but the weight room will probably be my biggest adjustment to the next level.”
Along with the plan to lead Starkville to a deep playoff run, playing in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game is something the future cornerback is looking forward to should he be selected.
“I’m not sure yet (if I am playing),” he said. They haven’t come out with the names that will be on the team, but I know it would be a great challenge for me to go out there and play defensive back because I haven’t played much defensive back. I would take it as a challenge and learning experience.”
Starkville High tight end Stanley Higgins says that Indiana and Kentucky currently stand out to him the most. He is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound Class of 2013 prospect.
Myles has missed two games due to injury this season, but his health is one of the many reasons the Yellowjackets have bounced back from early season adversity and are hitting their stride with two regular season games remaining.
2013 trio getting attention
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Higgins currently holds a handful of offers with more still a distinct possibility.
“It’s (recruiting) going pretty well,” Higgins said. “I have offers from Indiana, Southern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette. I know more calls are coming, and I’m waiting on them. Kentucky, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are showing interest, and Memphis also calls a lot. They have offered, too.”
The tight end that could project at a number of positions at the next level knows of two schools he wants to officially visit.
“I’m planning on visiting Indiana and Kentucky for sure,” he said. “I am not sure about the other ones right now.”
Higgins camped at Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss last summer. Along with tight end, he plays outside linebacker for the Yellowjackets.
Offensive lineman Jawon Johnson says that he talks to Indiana and Arkansas State the most. He is a Class of 2013 interior offensive line prospect.
Johnson’s recruitment is in a similar place to Higgins- a handful of offers with a number of others programs still taking a senior year look.
“Arkansas State, Southern Miss, Louisiana-Lafayette and Indiana that I can remember, have offered me,” Johnson said. “Of the schools that hasn’t offered me, I think Mississippi State is still looking and some others.”
Two programs are standing out right now for the 6-foot-2, 300-pound offensive guard prospect.
“I talk to Arkansas State and Indiana the most,” he said. “I’m planning to visit them, and take all five of my official visits after the season.”
Smith is the senior riser in the group. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound physical corner is receiving Big 10 and SEC interest.
“Kentucky came up and talked to me,” Smith said. “Indiana is showing me a lot of interest, and a couple of junior colleges too right now. East Mississippi (junior college) is trying to get me to come to their game on Thursday.”
The next wave
While the class of 2013 certainly has its fair share of prospects, it’s the 2014 and 2015 classes that will likely have the most heavily recruited players in the program. Class of 2014 safety Devonte Davis (6-2, 190) is one of the most talented players in the state, regardless of classification, and the class of 2015 features the son of Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson.
Class of 2015 quarterback Caleb Wilson is the son of Mississippi State offensive coordinator Chris Wilson and has impressed this season so far.
Quarterback Caleb Wilson came in for the injured Myles early in the season and quickly showed the promise the Starkville High coaching staff knew he possessed headed into his sophomore campaign. In his second start, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound right-handed signal caller completed eight of 12 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-0 win over Tupelo.
While Wilson’s name is already known to Mississippi State fans, look for the talented two-sport athlete to become one talked about in the 2015 class by a number of fan bases this summer.
“I’m going to try and go to more camps this summer,” Wilson said. “Oklahoma, here (Mississippi State), maybe Texas A&M and some other schools like that are ones I want to camp at. I have always followed my dad’s schools the most. I also always liked Miami (Fla.), and schools like that. I’m open to a lot of schools,”
Like Myles, Wilson was blown away by the game day experience on Saturday at Mississippi State.
“It was one of the loudest games I’ve been to at Mississippi State. It was a sold out crowd, a big game like Tennessee – there aren’t going to be many games like that.”
Wilson plays point guard and shooting guard for the Yellowjackets basketball team, and has already been talked about as possible future Division I prospect on the hardwood.
Wilson is joined in the class of 2015 at Starkville by outside linebacker AJ Smith (6-2, 210) and running back Jaquez Horsley (5-10, 170), who is the team’s leading rusher.