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East Central’s Brad Cumbest gets word on whether he can sign early with Mississippi State

East Central wide receiver Brad Cumbest makes the catch in the end zone for a touchdown while guarded by Jefferson Davis County's Ronald Baker on Sept. 8 at East Central High in Hurley.
East Central wide receiver Brad Cumbest makes the catch in the end zone for a touchdown while guarded by Jefferson Davis County's Ronald Baker on Sept. 8 at East Central High in Hurley. amccoy@sunherald.com File

East Central senior tight end Brad Cumbest will follow through and sign his letter of intent with Mississippi State Wednesday morning, his father confirmed Tuesday to the Sun Herald.

Kenny Cumbest spoke with Mississippi State’s director of high school relations and recruiting, Brad Peterson, Tuesday morning and he was told that Brad was clear to ink with the Bulldogs during the early signing period.

The 6-foot-6, 243-pound tight end plans to sign his letter of intent sometime before 8 a.m.

Brad Cumbest caught 36 passes for 766 yards and nine touchdowns during his senior year, helping lead the Hornets to a Class 4A South State title and a 13-1 record.

A member of the Arkansas staff reached out late to see if he was interested in looking elsewhere, but Brad has remained committed to the Bulldogs since June.

New Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead visited Brad Cumbest at his home on Dec. 3 and made a strong impression.

“I’m even more committed now,” the tight end said at the time. “I feel confident in what he has going for the program.

“It went good. I like him a lot.”

East Central's Brad Cumbest caught a touchdown as the Hornets won 31-7 over Jeff Davis.

More Coast recruiting

While Gulfport linebacker Karlos Dillard, Poplarville defensive back D.J. Travis, St. Stanislaus offensive lineman Brandon Tartavoulle and Ocean Springs athlete Malcolm Magee all hold offers from four-year schools, they’re not expected to sign during the early window. Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and many other SEC and Top 25 programs, however, are expected to sign a bulk of their classes Wednesday.

The rest of the Division I signees can make their commitments official during the regular signing window, which runs Feb. 7 through April 1.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

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