July 16, 2018 4:04:10 PM
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A loaded signing class for Mississippi State's wide receiving corps will be a little lighter than hoped.
MSU confirmed to The Dispatch that Malik Heath and Johnquarise Patterson will not be attending MSU and will be going to junior college. The Dispatch has learned Heath will go to Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Patterson will go to Jones County Junior College.
Heath was a four-star prospect by 247 Sports out of Callaway High School in Jackson who was highly recruited by Ole Miss, Florida State, LSU and Florida, among others. 247 considered him the best prospect in the state of Mississippi regardless of position.
Patterson, a three-star on 247, ended his career with a state championship win at Pearl High School, beating Starkville High School to do it. He decommitted from Mississippi State in the aftermath of Dan Mullen's departure for Florida, but ultimately recommitted to MSU under the Moorhead staff and signed in February.
MSU still brought receivers Devonta "Whop" Jason and Stephen Guidry, the latter out of junior college, into the 2018 signing class. It also signed Starkville wide receiver Cameron Gardner; he was listed as a tight end when he signed, but is now listed in the media guide roster as a wide receiver.
The only piece of the signing class left is running back La'Damian Webb. MSU is still awaiting his enrollment and eligibility to clear the NCAA.
MSU coach Joe Moorhead will be in Atlanta for Southeastern Conference Media Days Wednesday morning.