Columbus running back Kylin Hill was getting ready for bed when the clock struck midnight on Sept. 1.
All of a sudden, his phone started buzzing non-stop. Coaches from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Arkansas loaded up the 2017 prospect’s Twitter direct message inbox on the first day of the evaluation period for the 2015-16 academic year.
“It was a good feeling especially when I heard from Ole Miss,” Hill said. “They were telling me that I made their day.
“From Ole Miss I probably had about eight (direct messages) from coaches and people associated with the team. (Mississippi) State I had a couple from coach (Dan) Mullen and (offensive line) coach (John) Hevesey.”
During the evaluation period, which runs Sept. 1 to Nov. 28, Division I coaches can contact 2016 prospects by phone one time per week. Prospective student-athletes from the class of 2017 can receive emails and direct messages via Twitter but no phone calls. If a prospect wants to talk to a coach, he/she has to make the call.
On top of the correspondence, college coaches can also watch college-bound student-athletes compete or visit their high school. A college coach cannot have face-to-face contact with prospects or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.
A handful of Mississippi’s top-ranked prospects took to Twitter Tuesday to show who they had heard from.
Four-star West Point offensive tackle Scott Lashley had no shortage of calls from Division I coaches.
“So I woke this morning to 35 missed calls,” Lashley tweeted.
Clinton’s Cam Akers, a 2017 Alabama commit, had multiple Twitter notifications pop up on Tuesday. The four-star athlete tweeted a photo collage of the picture messages he received from the Crimson Tide, Florida and LSU.
“I love the recruiting process especially round this time!” Noxubee County defensive end Jeffery Simmons tweeted.
Dandy Dozen guard sets in-home visits, commitment date
Olive Branch guard Myah Taylor will wrap up her recruitment prior to the start of her junior season.
The 5-foot-7 Dandy Dozen selection has 10 in-home visits scheduled from Sept. 9-30. She will meet with coaches from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, James Madison, Tulane, Arizona, Wake Forest, Louisiana Tech, Memphis and Georgetown.
Taylor will then make her college decision in a ceremony at Olive Branch on Oct. 14.
Fellow Dandy Dozen selection Nyah Tate is also seeing her recruitment take off. The rising junior guard from Terry was contacted by eight schools on the opening day of the evaluation period and has six in-home visits scheduled with Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Wichita State, Brown and Arizona.
Four-star Starkville point guard will take five official visits
Tyson Carter has a busy two months on tap.
The 6-foot-4, 170-pounder has set his five allotted official visits for September and November. Ranked No. 79 in the Scout100, Carter will likely commit during the early signing period in November.
Carter’s visits are as follows: Sept. 11 — Mississippi State; Sept. 18 — Memphis; Sept. 25 — Arizona State; Oct. 2 — Miami (Fla.); and Oct. 9 — Ohio State.
The four-star guard led Starkville to its first basketball championship since 2010 last year. He averaged 17 points, five assists and two rebounds per game.
Updated ESPN300 for class of 2017 boasts nine Mississippians
ESPN released its updated Junior 300 rankings on Tuesday. The moves were largely based on camp performances from the summer, according to ESPN. This is second update of the ESPN300 for the class of 2017. The next will be made in November.
Morton wide receiver D.D. Bowie is the highest ranked Mississippian at No. 14. Bowie, a four-star prospect, has been committed to Alabama since June. The next highest ranked in-state player is Clinton athlete Cam Akers, who is also committed to the Crimson Tide.
Grenada safety C.J. Avery rounds out three Mississippi prospects ranked inside the top 100. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Alabama and Stanford.
In total, nine in-state players were listed on the updated ESPN300. Here’s a look at where each prospect falls: No. 16, D.D. Bowie (Morton); No. 83, Cam Akers (Clinton); No. 84, C.J. Avery (Grenada); No. 140, Freddie Hartz (Morton); No. 198, Kam’Ron White (Clinton); No. 208, Willie Gay (Starkville); No. 221, Ronald Ladd (Rosa Fort); No. 254, TyQuan Ulmer (Laurel); No. 298, Kylin Hill (Columbus).
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