Bulldogs like standing going into football National Signing Day

Joe Moorhead

Staff Writer

A new batch of Bulldogs are about to join the fold.

It’s the second year of the NCAA’s early signing period for football and Mississippi State has 23 commits currently with 17 expected to sign Wednesday. MSU head coach Moorhead thinks his team is in a good spot as the day begins.

“I love our plan,” Moorhead said last Saturday. “I love the effort that our staff is putting forth on the road. I think we made a lot of investment in creating relationships with the coaches, prospects and their parents.”

Entering Wednesday, Mississippi State boasts the nation’s 17th best recruiting class according to 247Sports. The class has seven four-star commits.

A pair of those four stars aren’t expected to ink with MSU today. Defensive tackle Nathan Pickering, the top-rated player of Mississippi State’s commits, is expected to hold out until the February 6, 2019 signing day, so too is defensive end Charles Moore. A quartet of three-star players are also expected to wait. Those are offensive tackles Darius Washington and Brandon Cunningham, junior college receiver JaVonta Payton and cornerback Martin Emerson, Jr.

The rest of State’s committed class is expected to go ahead and put names to the dotted line today though. That includes several potential early enrollees. Dual-threat quarterback Garrett Shrader, offensive tackle Charles Cross and defensive end Ani Izuchukwu – all four-star players – are among those.

It’s possible Mississippi State could also land an additional four-star player Wednesday that isn’t currently committed. Linebacker Derick Hall has the Bulldogs among his potential landing spots. Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida and Florida State are also in the mix.

Auburn might be the favorite to land Hall, but he has unofficially visited MSU several times so the Bulldogs have a chance.

Hall’s decision and several others are slated to become official Wednesday as Moorhead begins to usher in his second signing class as MSU head coach.

“We have a lot to sell here at Mississippi State from a school and academic opportunity and certainly a football standpoint,” Moorhead said. “I think the feedback that we are getting and the results in terms of commitments and things like that are in line with the effort that we are putting forth.”