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ESPN 300 inside linebacker Erroll Thompson commits to Mississippi State

Erroll Thompson, the No. 114-ranked prospect in the country, is leaving his home state of Alabama for college.

The four-star prospect and No. 4-ranked inside linebacker in the Class of 2016 announced his verbal commitment to Mississippi State on Friday morning over Alabama and Michigan.

After being considered an Alabama lean early in the process, the 6-foot-2, 250-pound wrecking ball told RecruitingNation Thursday night he found the best fit in Starkville, Mississippi.

"Really, I felt like Mississippi State was my best fit both personally and as a player and person. I feel like the coaches can develop my skills and I felt at home there."

The No. 6-ranked prospect in the state of Alabama had known for over a month that Mississippi State was where his heart was, but the Bulldog coaches didn't take his impending commitment for granted.

"I've known for about a month or two. I had committed to the coaches a month ago. They were excited. I talked to Coach [Dan] Mullen a couple of days ago and he asked if everything was good, and I told him yes it was. When I was down there, Coach Mullen showed me the recruiting board and I was the No. 1 inside linebacker on their board. That showed me a lot."

Thompson becomes the 15th commitment for Mississippi State in the Class of 2016. He joins No. 246-ranked C.J. Morgan-Walker as the second ESPN 300 pledge for Mullen and staff.

The Florence High standout is also the second prospect from the state of Alabama to commit to the Bulldogs joining three-star offensive guard Dee Nalls. Thomspon's verbal marks the second straight class Mississippi State has snagged a top 10-ranked prospect from the state of Alabama following ESPN 300 No. 245 Darryl Williams in the Class of 2015.

The Bulldogs have a number of top targets still on the board, including No. 46 Nigel Knott, No. 66 A.J. Brown, No. 80 Jeffrey Simmons, No. 104 Scott Lashley, No. 171 Damion Dickens and No. 175 Kobe Jones in state. Alabama is considered the front-runner for Knott with Florida State running second.