If you are looking for a Kentucky/Tennessee (2014) or Ole Miss (2013) type of storyline in the Southeastern Conference during the 2015 cycle, you may want to look no further than Starkville, Miss.

Granted we are less than three weeks into 2015, but Mississippi State currently has the No. 6 recruiting class in the country and the Bulldogs are trending for several additional top prospects.

Six of the Bulldogs nine commits are in-state high school prospects- including Yazoo City defensive end Timothy Washington and Louisville receiver Dontea Jones, two of the better Magnolia State prospects in 2015.

Mississippi State also went over to east Georgia and landed talented running back Kentavious Thomas from Baldwin High in Milledgeville. Thomas is one of several big-time running back prospects in the Peach State this cycle and is an excellent way to follow up landing four-star Aeris Williams at the position in 2014.

An impressive class so far for sure, but if you look down the road a bit, this could be a landmark haul for Dan Mullen and staff when you consider the early trending among Mississippi's best prospects.

Athlete Malik Dear (Jackson, Miss./Murrah) was at junior day in Starkville this past weekend, named Mississippi State his leader (something that isn't new) and is predicted at 80 percent to the Bulldogs by 247Sports Crystal Ball, which measures recruiting prediction trends of analysts accross the country. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Dear told Paul Jones of 247Sports that it's “just about the way Mississippi State makes me feel”- signifying the high comfort level he has at State. Dear also is a versatile athlete that fits in well to the Bulldogs' offensive scheme.