Ben Howland is continuing to show he still has that recruiting charm. Highly regarded 2017 prospect, Nick Weatherspoon, announced on Twitter that he has committed to play for the coach at Mississippi State.
— nick.gotti (@quavo_mxbb) September 11, 2016
A 6’2″ point guard from Camden (Miss.) Velma Jackson High School, Weatherspoon is ranked as the 28th best recruit in the 2017 class by 247Sports.
It is worth noting that a form of nepotism may have helped in Howland landing the prized-recruit. His older brother, Quinndary Weatherspoon, averaged 12 points and 4.7 boards as a freshman for Mississippi State last season. Obviously, having family that played under Howland, which provides some insight he would otherwise go without, likely aided in the guard’s decision.
This commitment is even more good news for a Bulldogs program that has the ninth rated recruiting class hitting campus this season. It is an insanely gifted class the features six four-star recruits, and is often pointed to as the class that provides the idea that Howland is close to making Mississippi State into a legit annual SEC contender.
Weatherspoon is the first commitment from the 2017 class for the Bulldogs. With a total of seven scholarships assigned to this year’s class, it will be interesting to monitor how Howland handles the recruiting trail from here on out. While the number of scholarships available can be a fluid situation, it is unlikely the coach will continue to hammer the 2017 class as hard as he had the 2016 version.
Regardless, thanks to a great 2016 class now being coupled with the commitment of Weatherspoon, expectations are about to grow for both the program and the coach.