The 2017 recruiting class has a lot of potential for Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs, assuming that all of the recruits that are currently committed will sign with Mississippi State. There’s plenty of talent to go around with guys like Kylin Hill, Keytaon Thompson, Landon Guidry, Tyler Williams, and several others that are looking to sign with State. The class is currently sitting at 20th in the nation thanks to the size of the class and amount of talent mixed in with it.
But there’s one key component of the 2017 class that isn’t receiving enough attention, and that’s the large number of junior college commitments. The Bulldogs are looking to add six junior college players to the team for next season. That’s nearly a third of the current guys committed. And five of those six guys play on either the offensive or defensive line.
A major influx of experience that can play immediately can help to fix that. The team has a solid amount of young talent with guys like Malik Dear, Aeris Williams, Nick Fitzgerald, Brandon Bryant, Mark McLaurin, and many others. But as a whole, much of this team has lacked meaningful game experience coming into this season.
The addition of these junior college players would give Dan Mullen and his coaching staff plenty of options going into next season when it comes to rebuilding both the offensive and defensive lines. Both are going to lose several starters and key contributors at the end of this year. Add in the fact that the offensive line has been a huge cause for concern for much of this season and the addition of some experienced talent could be a big boost going forward.