Mississippi State held its annual Big Dawg Camp on Friday night, and there were plenty of 2018 Mississippi State commits, as well as 2018 and 2019 targets in attendance. Our Trey Gullick attended the camp and his observations of some of the top performers from Big Dawg Camp include:
The 247 sports four-star Under Armour All-American Bulldog commit from Jackson, MS, did not disappoint. He was crisp and smooth in his route running and showed good hands in all of the drills. Heath really showed out when the spotlight was on during one-on-ones, as he won every rep in the drill. There was not a defensive back all night long that could hang against Malik Heath. He was the most dominant player at Big Dawg Camp.
Yet another four star and Under Armour All-American Bulldog commit in attendance tonight was Kwatrivous Johnson from Greenwood, MS. I knew going in that I was going to see a guy who was ranked as a four star and had been invited to the Under Armour All-American, so I had high expectations for Johnson, but seeing him in person for the first time blew me away. Guys that are pushing 6’8 and 260 lbs aren’t suppose to move like he moves. I believe we will see Johnson shoot up the rankings even higher, much like Chris Jones in 2013.
The four-star quarterback from Sachse, TX, and a Mississippi State commit, was very impressive at Big Dawg Camp. I was curious to see Mayden throw, since he had dropped a little in the recruiting rankings after he didn’t perform as well as he had liked at the Elite 11 completion last month. However, Mayden was crisp, smooth and accurate on Friday night. He threw a very nice ball and was on target all night. He and Malik Heath connected on every rep during the one-on-one drills.
This 2019 quarterback from Richmond, Virginia, was very impressive throwing the ball for a kid that is as young as he is. One can see why he already holds offers from Alabama, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech and others. He has said he wants to make a decision soon ,and when he does he is expected to be a Bulldog. His parents spent a lot of time on the field with Head Coach Dan Mullen during camp, and there is reason to believe that a decision could come in the next few days and the Bulldogs are in good position with Jones.
The three-star tight end from Moss Point, Mississippi, and current Bulldog commit had a nice showing on Friday night. Cumbest ran clean, smooth routes all night and showed very strong hands to go along with his 6’5 frame. This is one of the more under-valued recruits in the 2018 class in the state of Mississippi. At 240 lbs, Cumbest has great agility and could become a valuable part of a dynamic passing game in Starkville.
Others that made impressions were 2018 New Hope, Mississippi, receiver and Memphis commit Jeremy Tate, 2018 defensive tackle Devon Robinson, who committed to Mississippi State last night, 2018 Vero Beach, Florida, linebacker David Reese (brother of MSU offensive linemen Stewart Reese), 2019 5* Louisville High School defensive tackle Charles Moore, and 2019 defensive end De’Monte Russel from Jackson.