Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Mississippi State Bulldogs recruiting class.
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You know how all first year head coaches have a rough time recruiting right away? Yeah, that didn’t really happen at Mississippi State under Joe Moorhead. Even more than that, his Year Two was even better.
And it was as good or better than just about anything Dan Mullen pulled off in Starkville. Why? There’s no questioning Moorhead’s chops or his resumé when it comes to coaching up the offense. In his first season, he showed his teams go rip it up on defense, too.
Moorhead isn’t responsible for Jeffery Simmons and Montez Sweat – two likely top 15 overall picks in the upcoming draft – but what that D line did last season didn’t hurt … next year. This year’s class has linemen, but watch what Moorhead is able to do in 2020.
There might have only been one defensive tackle recruit, but he’s a great one. It’s asking way too much for Nathan Pickering to be another Simmons, but he’s got the build and the quickness to be special. The ends are strong, but there’s no one on the outside at Pickering’s level.
There have been some terrific offensive tackle prospects at MSU over the years, but it’s not a stretch to put Charles Cross among the best prospects in the last decade. He needs to pack on the pounds, but all the tools are there to be special.
Watch out right away for Kareem Walker, a JUCO transfer running back who might not take over right away, but should be a key part of the rotation. The Bulldogs need more from the backs, and Walker should help that in a huge way.
Mississippi State didn’t go get a top grad transfer at quarterback – Keytaon Thompson will take over for Nick Fitzgerald – but Moorhead was able to bring in a quarterback to eventually be his guy. The 6-4 Garrett Shrader isn’t Fitzgerald, but he’s another tall, mobile playmaker. MSU beat out Alabama, Penn State, and Dan Mullen’s Florida for him.
Last year, the receivers signed on were huge. They were all around 6-4 and built. The three brought in this are solid, but they’re smaller. They’re hardly mighty-mights, but they’re closer to 6-1ish.
It’s a rock-solid class across the board. At the very least, Moorhead showed that he can keep things going by bringing in the talent. One more year to show what his schemes can do – he still hasn’t quite turned it loose offensively – and the 2020 class should be even more interesting.