Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen can feel free to spend a little more time on the 2016 class.

That's because the Bulldogs are almost done putting together their 2015 class.

Mississippi State received commitments from eight prospects in the last week, putting the Bulldogs' commitment total for the 2015 class at 26 prospects.

The latest commitment came on Thursday from safety Mark McLaurin from Collins (Miss.) High School.

Collins chose Mississippi State over in-state rival Ole Miss. 

"We're trying to build something new up there and bring an SEC Championship back to Starkville," Collins said at his press conference. "Hopefully we'll get Leo Lewis and Javon Patterson next."

Lewis and Patterson are two of the top prospects in the state of Mississippi.

Lewis, a linebacker from Brookhaven (Miss.) High School is believed to be leaning toward Mississippi State, according to 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions. Patterson, who plays on the offensive line at Petal (Miss.) High School, is favoring Ole Miss, according to 247Sports.

It shows the competition between Ole Miss and Mississippi State for in-state recruits has gotten stronger. The Bulldogs are off to the better start with 26 commitments, but there's time for Ole Miss to catch up. The Rebels have 10 commitments for the 2015 class.

Mississippi State can thank last weekend's Big Dawg Camp for the recent splash in recruiting. Several prospects, including highly-touted defensive back Jamal Peters from Bassfield (Miss.), committed to the Bulldogs.

"The coaches make it feel like home here," Peters told BulldogBlitz.com during last weekend's camp. "They make it feel just like Bassfield so I just had to pull the trigger and commit. We've got all the top players in Mississippi so I might as well commit. I had it in mind for a long time just waiting to get up here."

Commitments from players like Peters and several other top in-state players have generated optimism that Mississippi State will have success recruiting Lewis and Patterson. A solid class could turn into one of the SEC's best groups if it's able to land both of those prospects.

With the recruiting success Ole Miss has enjoyed since coach Hugh Freeze arrived before the 2012 season, Mississippi State needs to win this year's recruiting battle. The Bulldogs do have the advantage.

"Lots of momentum going Mississippi State's way," Jackson Clarion-Ledger writer Blevins said.

One odd note to Mississippi State's recruiting momentum: the Bulldogs have seen a lot of social media attention through the hashtag "DawgFam15," which was used in McLaurin's tweet above.

But that hashtag is also being used promote recruiting at Georgia. Wide receiver Michael Chigbu from Holy Cross High School in New Orleans used it while announcing his commitment to Georgia on Thursday.

So when you see #DawgFam15 on twitter, make sure you know which Dawgs are doing the barkin.

 

Defensive back Westry chooses Auburn

Auburn landed a commitment Thursday from defensive back Chris Westry from Oakleaf High School in Orange Park, Fla.

Westry decided to commit to the Tigers after he received an offer during last weekend's camp at Auburn.

"I committed because it feels like family there," Westry told 247Sports. "They actually care about me. And ... they just get after it."

Westry got after it at the camp, which caused Auburn's staff to be more aggressive in trying to land Westry. 

"One thing that Coach (Gus) Malzhan said was that I was competitive,” Westry said following the camp. "I didn’t let a guy catch a ball on me and let that change my whole attitude. Bad things are going to happen; it’s how you come back and attack the situation. I was competitive and I made plays on the ball."

Westry is the 18th commitment in Auburn's 2015 class.

 

Gibson: 'I'm a quarterback'

Torrance Gibson is making sure everyone knows he plans to play quarterback in college.

The standout from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla., wrote in his latest blog entry at USA Today that coaches Trent Dilfer and Jordan Palmer at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., told Gibson he should play quarterback at the college level. Gibson wrote in part:

"It felt good to hear them tell me how much they liked me as a quarterback because, of course, everyone has an opinion and there's nothing you can do about that but some people list me as an athlete. That's fine, but that just adds fuel to the fire. I'm a quarterback and the schools that are recruiting me want me to play quarterback. That's what I'm focused on."

Gibson hasn't been totally focused on the quarterback position during offseason 7-on-7 play. While he's seen time at quarterback, he's also worked at wide receiver. That's led to speculation about his future position at the college level.

Gibson wrote in his blog that Tennessee continues to lead for his services. He's visiting Ohio State this weekend, which should help give some clarification as to where things stand between him and the Buckeyes.

"I don't know what'll happen after that as far as who will be in the lead," Gibson wrote. "Just gotta see what happens when I get there. I don't know if there's anything that they can do really; I already really like Ohio State, I think it's just a feeling that I'll get. We'll see."

We'll see what Gibson really plans to do on Oct. 20. That's when he plans to announce his college decision.