Chris Rayford, Lashard Durr Commitments – Strong May for Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Mississippi State is starting to pick up some steam in their recruiting after picking up five commits in May to bring their total up to six, including adding two on Friday. The latest to commit to Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs are defensive backs Lashard Durr (Gulfport, Miss. Harrison Central) and Chris Rayford (Byhalia, Miss. Byhalia).

Durr is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback who previously attended the Bulldogs Junior Day Mar. 2 and when he received an offer from Mississippi State on Friday knew he wanted to play in the SEC and call Starkville home for the next four years. Durr is rated as a three-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings and also had an offer from Oklahoma.

Rayford is a fellow three-star recruit and brings some size to the secondary measuring in at 6-foot-1, and weighing 200-pounds. He could project to safety for the Bulldogs where his size and 4.48 speed would be able to fill the void left by Nickoe Whitley who graduates after this season. Mississippi State was the first to offer Rayford and he jumped at the opportunity to develop under Bulldogs secondary coach and former NFL corner Deshea Townsend who served as the recruiter for both Rayford and Durr.

The cornerback duo joins offensive tackle Jocquell Johnson (Wesson, Miss. Copiah-Lincoln C.C.), Dontavian Lee (Brooklyn, Miss. Forrest County Agricultural) and four-star athlete Jamoral Graham (Decatur, Miss. Newton County) who have committed this month.

My prediction for the next Mississippi State pledge is four-star running back Aeris Williams (West Point, Miss. West Point), three-star wide receiver Jesse Jackson (Petal, Miss. Petal) or three-star outside linebacker Gerri Green (Greenville, Miss. Greenville Weston).

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.

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