Marquiss Spencer, Mississippi State’s highest-ranked recruit in the Class of 2016, has officially signed to play with the Bulldogs next season.
Spencer, a four-star weakside defensive end, committed to Mississippi State in November and signed his letter of intent on Wednesday, the university announced. The 6-foot-5, 243-pound senior from Greenwood High School (Greenwood, Miss.), reported four offers, but only ever showed interest in Mississippi State.
Spencer has yet to take his official visit to Starkville, but has met with Bulldogs defensive line coach David Turner last week.
“We talked mainly about signing day and how that would go,” Spencer told 247Sports.com’s Paul Jones of Turner’s latest trip to his home. “Then we talked about me visiting them and it will probably be after signing day. After I get my ACT score back I will go and visit.”
Last season, under Turner, the Bulldogs’ defensive line ranked fifth in the SEC in sacks (30) and sixth in tackles for a loss (98).
During his senior campaign at Greenwood, Spencer totaled 145 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 21 sacks in a 12-2 season that ended with a loss in the state semifinals, according to 247Sports.
Even though the senior admitted there were a few nerves that accompanied the big moment, Spencer ultimately said he had no doubts in his decision.
“It’s really the coaching staff and players there,” he said. “Even before I decided, they treated me like I was already family. They treat me like I am one of them. I’ve gotten to know a few players already and they’re ready for me to get up there with them.”