April 20, 2010

State adds commitment from Steele

Mississippi State picked up their second commitment of the 2011 class Tuesday when three-star shooting guard Jalen Steele chose the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pounder from Knoxville, Tenn., signed with Auburn in the fall but was given his release by the Southeastern Conference following the Tigers' coaching change.

Steele averaged 24 points per game as a senior and was named Mr. Basketball in Tennessee in Class AA. As a junior, Steele averaged 21.3 points per game and was named MVP of the state tournament, leading Fulton to a second straight Class AA state championship.

Steele signed with Auburn originally in November but was given his release after meeting with new Auburn head coach Tony Barbee, who replaced Jeff Lebo on March 29.

Steele had offers from Charleston, Marshall and Wright Sate but has heard from several schools since his release including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, UCLA, Dayton and Cincinnati.

Mississippi State coaches met with Steele shortly after his release in Knoxville and convinced him to take an official visit to Starkville this past weekend. Steele made his decision to become a Bulldog around 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Steele joins junior college guard Brian Bryant as the only two members of the 2010 Bulldog class. Steele will make his commitment official by signing on Wednesday.

Steele played his AAU ball with the Tennessee Travellers.

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