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Pair of top offensive skill players commit to MSU football



Matt Stevens


STARKVILLE - The streak of impressive verbal commitments continued Tuesday for the Mississippi State University football program. 


The Magnolia state's top rated running back according to many of the recruiting services, Kailo Moore, committed to the Bulldogs program Tuesday afternoon. 


"It is just the love that I feel when I'm here," Moore said. The coaches are always happy to see me. And the fans are always glad to see me and wanting me to come here." 


The West Boliver product rushed for 6.8 yards per carry last season helping his team to a 15-1 record and a Class 2A state championship. 


Moore spent time working with the MSU assistant coaches Tuesday morning prior to his commitment to head coach Dan Mullen. 


"I ran a 4.34 in the 40 (yard dash) and I pulled up about five meters away," he said. "My hamstring was hurting or I would have done excellent job today. I did get to work with Coach (MSU running backs coach Greg) Knox (and) I like him a lot when I've talked to him over the phone getting to know each other. It was good to get to work with him today." 


The 5-foot-11, 190-pound prospect rushed for 1,470 yards last year with 19 touchdowns as a junior at a state-wide prominent West Bolivar High School. Moore had over 100 yards in eight games this year with only two fumbles all season. 


Moore, a former University of Mississippi commitment who reopened his recruiting due to the coaching change with the Rebels program, is rated the 12th-best running back in the nation according to Rivals.com. He's also one of the nation's fastest timed players and is rated the second-best prospect in the state of Mississippi. 


Moore was the second of three commitments on Tuesday with the Bulldogs now holding ten commitments for the class of 2013. Starkville High School athlete Gabe Myles committed to the Bulldogs program Tuesday morning. 


MSU's 10th commitment of the 2013 signing class came Tuesday afternoon in the form of Pinson, Ala., wide receiver prospect DeAndre Woods. 


Woods spent Saturday on the MSU campus where he participated in MSU's camp sessions. 


"With the five senior receivers leaving it's a good opportunity for me," Woods said. "I just want to go to a college where I can play as a freshman and play hard." 


Both commitments are non-binding and do not become official until a recruit signs their letter-of-intent next February. 


At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, he physically showed the size and strength MSU coaches are looking for at the position giving Woods the confidence he needed to end his recruiting process. 


"It was a good experience (coming to Mississippi State)," Woods said. "I learned a lot from (MSU receivers) Coach (Angelo) Mirando and hopefully he can teach me some more stuff." 


Woods picked MSU over national powers such as the University of Arkansas, Auburn University, Purdue University, University of Southern Miss, University of Southern California and Vanderbilt University. 


Rivals.com rates Woods as a three-star prospect and the No. 53 wide receiver in the nation for the Class of 2013. They also listed him as the No. 15 overall rising senior in Alabama during their spring evaluations. 


Woods caught 10 touchdown passes among his 36 catches last fall. He was a 2011 Birmingham News All-Metro first-team selection at receiver. 


The Alabama Sports Writers Association also named him an honorable mention to the Class 6A all-state football team last December.



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