2017 Mississippi State Bulldogs Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Mississippi State Bulldogs Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Mississippi State Bulldogs Recruiting Class Overview
Mississippi State is never afraid to go the JUCO route, but after bringing board seven in in the previous two classes, in come nine new bodies to try adding more maturity to the rotation. The linemen are the strength, but three JUCO defensive backs – Jonathan Abram, Jaquarious Landrews and Brian Cole – should all make a mark early on.
The high schoolers weren’t ignored, with QB Keytaon Thompson a tall bomber out of New Orleans, and Kylin Hill a terrific running back to potentially add more punch to an okay ground attack. Are there any playmakers to help out QB Nick Fitzgerald right away? Not really, but the JUCOers, combining with DT James Jackson and safeties Landon Guidry and Tyler Williams, should make this a productive class overall for Dan Mullen.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs Class Is Heavy On …
JUCO defensive linemen. Mississippi State lost a ton of defensive linemen – more on that in a moment – so it went hard after JUCO types to fill the holes right away. Chauncey Rivers is a potential deadly interior pass rusher coming in from East Mississippi JC, while Deion Pope and Lee Autry are potential instant fixes at tackle, to go along with the athletic 6-6, 245-pound Montez Sweat at the end. The problem isn’t necessarily solved now, but these four will go a long, long way to helping provide depth.
The Star of the Mississippi State Bulldogs Class Is …
QB Keytaon Thompson, 6-4, 210, New Orleans, LA – Hill is right there in terms of potential impact for the offense, but it’s Thompson who needs to make the biggest splash. While he’s tall passer, with room to get bigger on his frame, he’s a runner, too. He fits the Mississippi State mold of Dak Prescott and Nick Fitzgerald in terms of quarterbacks who can carry an offense by himself. Once he gets time with a college coaching staff and his passing skills match all his other positives, watch out. Miami, Florida and LSU made a push for him, and Texas Tech and West Virginia each wanted him to bomb away.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The defensive line. The offensive line loses three starters, and finding linebackers to replace Richie Brown and Johnathan Calvin hurts, but the line needs the most overall working. The Bulldogs lose A.J. Jefferson from one end spot, and tackles Nick James and Nelson Adams from an okay interior. Throw in the loss of backup DeAndre Ward at one end, and plenty of jobs are open.