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Breaking Down Mississippi State’s 2017 Recruiting Class: Special Teams

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Mississippi State finalized a pretty big recruiting class yesterday. Arguably one of the best in the Dan Mullen era, it features some high profile names that were coveted and recruited by many schools. Let’s take a look at some guys that won’t get some of the coverage that others did, but could help immediately.

Kicker:

Tucker Day, a two star recruit out of Tennessee that is listed as a punter, signed with Mississippi State yesterday. A participant in the US Army All-American Bowl, Day is a talented kicker and punter that gives Dan Mullen another option to kick field goals this fall. During his big school season, Day made 11 of 13 field goals with a long of 50 yards. He also made 46 of 51 extra points. With Westin Graves retiring due to injury issues, it’s possible that Day could enter a kicking competition to play next season.

Punter:

Yes, I just mentioned Tucker Day, but I’m going to bring him up again. As I said, he is listed as a punter on 247 sports. He averaged 39.3 yards per punt and his longest punt is recorded at 70 yards.

Long snapper:

That’s right. Mississippi State technically got a long snapper in this group of croots. Raymond Freeman, formerly committed to the Air Force, is bringing his talents to Starkville.

Final Thoughts:

Mississippi State has had issues with consistency on special teams the past few seasons. The lack of consistency with field goal kicking in the entire Dan Mullen era has brought a lot of criticism from frustrated fans online. It is encouraging to see Mullen seemingly respond to that criticism and try to solve that issue.