If one is to believe the recent churnings of the rumor mill, there isn't much suspense left to Malik Newman's long-awaited college announcement ceremony, scheduled for noon CT on Friday. According to CBS Sports' Gary Parrish, the McDonald's All American has already made up his mind to attend Mississippi State.
Newman -- the top prospect in Mississippi and the No. 4 overall player in the country -- would have you believe otherwise, telling The Clarion-Ledger on Wednesday that he's still considering four schools: State, Kentucky, Kansas and Ole Miss. But of course he would have you believe otherwise; he's trying to keep up public interest in his announcement, and nobody's gonna buy tickets to a movie they know the ending to.
Yes, there will be a metaphorical Rebels hat on the table (or literal hat? Do basketball players do hats?), but given reports that Andy Kennedy cancelled his in-home visit with Newman after the State rumor broke, it seems like that ship has sailed. The only real option for a surprise here is a Kentucky commitment, which given that they're Kentucky, wouldn't really be all that surprising.
But hey, weirder things have happened in crootin.
How to watch
When: Noon CT
Live stream: clarionledger.com