With six days remaining to Christmas, college football coaches are getting an early dose of the Christmas spirit as they find out who will be the next future stars of their team during the early signing period for National Signing Day.
Looking to build on the success of his first season, Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead led his team an 8-4 mark this year and a New Year’s Day bowl birth against Iowa in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.
The Bulldogs look to secure a top-25 recruiting class after the Moorhead’s success this season.
Here are the commitments in the early signing period for the Bulldogs.
Quinton Torbor made a name for himself as a wide receiver in the state of Louisiana. According to ESPN, the Destrehan, La., native is a four-star recruit and ranks No. 50 in the country among wide receiver prospects according to ESPN.
Welcome to the family, Quinton Torbor.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
A dynamic 6’2 WR from Destrehan, LA!@QTorbor14 » https://t.co/8ojclLCDOG#MoorDawgs19 #HailState pic.twitter.com/wazSBiRaTn
He as also been listed as the No. 16 recruit from the state of Louisiana by ESPN and No. 23 by 247Sports. The 6-feet-2, 190-pound Torbor has lots of speed and dynamic playmaking ability.
Bulldogs offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Luke Getsy said Torbor is an “all-around” athlete.
@lukegetsy on the versatility of newest Bulldog @QTorbor14#MoorDawgs19 #HailState pic.twitter.com/gzgpPZXaEN— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
.@QTorbor14 talks playing for @lukegetsy ⤵️#MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/oALg3dDfd2— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
In his senior year, Torbor snagged 44 catches and 685 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 77 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns, playing an integral part in helping Destrehan reach the 2018 Class 5A semifinal game.
247Sports, Rivals and ESPN ranked Purvis as a three-star prospect. The Pelahatchie, Miss., native is a top-30 player in the state of Mississippi.
The nation's No. 1 defense just got better.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, J.P. Purvis. A 6’0 Safety from Pelahatchie, MS!@hoopah_3 » https://t.co/wpwXHAtO78#MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/yUevjxWh5b
During his high school career, Purvis played on both sides of the ball. In four seasons, Purvis threw for 5,269 yards, 53 touchdowns and rushed for 4,832 yards and 71 touchdowns. Not to mention, Torbor averaged 7.8 yards per carry and recorded 24 100-yard games.
"It's gonna mean a lot just to stay at home, and show everyone what I got and what I'm made of." - @hoopah_3#MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/WuJBPsgL87— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Bob Shoop, the Bulldogs defensive coordinator, praised Purvis’ versatility.
“J.P. is a versatile athlete who was an extremely productive offensive player in high school,” Shoop said.
“He has the speed, size and athletic ability to be an outstanding safety.”
Defensively, Purvis compiled 181 tackles, including 25.5 for a loss and recorded six interceptions in his four-year tenure. As a senior, Purvis passed for nearly 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 1,341 yards and 23 rushing touchdowns.
Defensively as a senior, Purvis tallied 73 tackles with 14 of them for a loss, made four sacks and recorded three interceptions as a defensive back.
A four-star playmaker is staying home.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, Jarrian Jones. A 6’0 Cornerback from Brandon, MS!@7reasons1k » https://t.co/KZXOjNMhJs#MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/7qZFYq2i0Y
ESPN and 247Sports ranked Jones a four-star prospect. As the No. 13 recruit out of Mississippi and the No. 20 safety in the country, Jones caught 82 passes for 1,772 yards and 26 touchdowns.
On defense, the Brandon, Miss., native recorded 37 tackles, seven pass breakups and five interceptions over four years. Jones will also play in the 2019 Under Armour All-American Game.
CB @7reasons1k wants to leave a LEGACY just like 2012 Jim Thorpe Award winner @JBanks_27 did.#MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/kn2tzZBbyn— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
The future is bright for @7reasons1k under @CoachBobShoop! #MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/RZ2voQofiS
ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports tabbed Harris as a three-star defensive end and top-30 player in Mississippi. As a senior, Harris helped Oak Grove High School get to a 12-3 record and an appearance in the Class 6A state championship.
The Sumrall, Miss., native finished his career at Oak Grove with 73 tackles with 13 for a loss, six sacks, a forced fumble, recovered one fumble and three quarterback hurries. Harris received Region 3-6A first team honors and was selected to play in the 70th Annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game.
The nation’s best defensive line just added a new member to the D-Block.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, Jack Harris. A 6’2 Defensive End from Sumrall, MS!@jack_harris_12 » https://t.co/I3xcf315iA#MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/3hxvBBDcOE
Shrader is a standout dual-threat quarterback. Tabbed as a four-star prospect by 247Sports Composite, ESPN and Rivals, Shrader helped Charlotte Christian to back-to-back NCISAA Division I championships in 2017 and 2018.
During his tenure with Charlotte Christian, the Charlotte, N.C., native compiled 9,023 yards of total offense, 107 touchdowns, throwing for 6,818 passing yards and 75 touchdowns in 34 games. He also rushed for 2,205 yards and 32 rushing touchdowns. Shrader was also selected as the 2017 and 2018 CISAA Player of the Year.
A two-time state champion from North Carolina will don the Maroon and White next season.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, Garrett Shrader. A 6’4 QB from Charlotte, N.C.!@GarrettShrader6 » https://t.co/gADvFK4FwO #MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/9up1sOYgW1
Ring The Bell!!!— Coach Joe Moorhead (@BallCoachJoeMo) December 19, 2018
It’s Official...Let’s All Welcome@GarrettShrader6 to #MoorDawgs19 & the Mississippi State Family‼️#HailState pic.twitter.com/j04sORxzJk
Offensive Lineman Nick Pendley
Rivals listed Pendley as the No. 50 recruit from the state of Georgia. Pendley is a three-time First Team All-County selection, three-time First Team All-Region honoree, earned two All-State selections and helped Creekview reach the third round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
A two-time All-State honoree from Georgia is now a Dawg.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, Nick Pendley. A 6’4 OL from Canton, Ga.!@NickPen74 » https://t.co/d3FantzxNG #MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/wqWUtNJNIR
Very Excited to announce I am officially 100% Committed to Mississippi State! HailState #Prick @BallCoachJoeMo @mjohnson7672 @MattWilsonDPP @ChadSimmons_ @damehova9 @RecruitGeorgia @CarterGrizzlyFB @PJ247Sports #HailState #MoorDawgs19 @Mansell247 pic.twitter.com/8uxcMliFj0— Nick Pendley (@NickPen74) December 11, 2018
Defensive End King Ani Izuchukwu
247Sports and Rivals listed Izuchukwu as a three-star defensive end. Nicknamed “King” by others, Izuchukwu is considered the fifth-best recruit from the state of Tennessee.
During his tenure at Davidson Academy, Izuchukwu recorded 80 tackles with 19.5 of them for a loss and 6.5 sacks, helping Davidson to the 2018 Class 2A State Championship. As a senior, he finished with 36 total tackles with 21 of them being solo, seven tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one pass breakup and 20 quarterback hurries.
One of the top recruits from Tennessee is making the move to the ’Sip.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, King Ani Izuchukwu. A 6’4 DE from Hendersonville, TN!@izuchukwuani12 » https://t.co/bmLPr9BdQt#MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/b7hfHKrg5m
Alabama 247Sports named Witherspoon the No. 19 recruit in the state and ranked as the 43rd best running back in the country by ESPN.
After transferring to North Jackson High School prior to his senior season, Witherspoon broke two Alabama state records, the single-season state record for rushing touchdowns (53) and now holds the AHSAA record for total touchdowns in a season (59).
As a senior, Witherspoon led the state with 2,846 total rushing yards, averaging 19.2 yards per carry. He also recorded 25 tackles with 11 being solo, four tackles for a loss, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one interception that he returned for a touchdown.
After rewriting the Alabama state record book, he’s writing his name down as a Dawg.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, Lee Witherspoon. A 5'10 RB from Stevenson, Ala.@LeeWitherspoon9 » https://t.co/XZZrANXN1r #MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/UqWFO0mBq4
Offensive Lineman LaQuinston Sharp
Sharp played a integral part in East Mississippi Community College National Championship run in 2017 and 2018. 247Sports and ESPN ranked Sharp as the No. 2 junior college offensive guard.
The Columbus, Miss., native played at the right tackle position. Sharp’s first year with EMCC helped the team account for 2,335 rushing yards, finishing the 2017 season averaging 494.1 yards of offense and 48.3 points per game. In 2018, Sharp missed most of the season due to injury.
A two-time national champ at EMCC signs with the Maroon and White as the No. 2 JUCO offensive guard in the country!— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, LaQuinston Sharp. A 6’3, 310 OL from Columbus, Miss.!@laquinstonsant1 » https://t.co/e39ZTBhbR8 #MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/q5WDpocckR
COMMITTED ✅ pic.twitter.com/DAel89oMEn— LaQuinston Sharp (@laquinstonsant1) September 24, 2018
Peters is a four-star prospect from Columbia, Mississippi. Tabbed as the fifth-best junior college recruit from the state of Mississippi, Peterson has played two years at Jones County Community College, where he has put up elite numbers. In his first year at JCJC, Peters finished with 64 tackles, two interceptions and two tackles for a loss and helped lead the team to the MACJC Championship game.
In his sophomore campaign, Peters recorded 51 total tackles with 42 being solo, seven tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, three pass breakups and one interception. Peters was named the 2018 MACJC South Division Most Valuable Defensive Back, All-Region honors and First Team All-MACJC South Division honors.
One of the elite safeties on the junior college level makes the move to the Maroon and White.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, Fred Peters. A 5-10 S from Columbia, Miss.!@_ASAPxDON » https://t.co/ThIUl6p9Zj#MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/HwvWYoeHkc
Bulldogs baby #Committed #MSU pic.twitter.com/f9hirpuKHl— Fred peters (@_ASAPxDON) October 17, 2018
Mom approves.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
"I love Mississippi State."#MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/ur5a7AqNRt
Offensive Lineman Charles Cross
247Sports, Rivals and ESPN listed Cross as a four-star offensive tackle. Cross is a very talented offensive lineman. At Laurel, Cross was named First Team Offensive Line on the 5A- All State Team and helped Laurel to a 10-4 record and 7-0 record in district play.
Cross also played a big part in a Laurel offense that scored over 40 points six games in the 2018 season.
A tough, physical lineman that ranks as one of the best in the state is staying home!— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, Charles Cross. A 6-5 OL from Laurel, Miss.!@CharlesCross67 » https://t.co/hF5V7bUtuf#MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/XzJxtU5FOd
Offensive Lineman Brevyn Jones
Jones is a three-star offensive tackle, according to 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN. ESPN ranked him as the 33rd ranked recruit from the state of Alabama.
The fourth offensive lineman for the signing class is an athletic prospect from Alabama!— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, Brevyn Jones. A 6-3 OL from Birmingham, Ala.!@BrevynJ » https://t.co/S4k9VYJsHJ#MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/pCm0b2jE9d
Blessed @BallCoachJoeMo @Yellowhammer247 @JohnGarcia_Jr @mjohnson7672 @Rivalsfbcamps @RGibsonMSU Where all my Bulldogs at? pic.twitter.com/sl314mb5in— ✨Brevyn Jones✨™ (@BrevynJ) October 31, 2018
Pruitt is a dynamic wide receiver and will look to bring his big playmaking abilities to the Bulldogs next season. Tabbed as the No. 23 and No. 24 from the state of Mississippi by ESPN and 247Sports, Pruitt recorded 2,824 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns and 592 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in a 49-game span.
As a senior, the Macon, Miss., native hauled in 28 catches for 362 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 445 yards and nine touchdowns. Pruitt also finished in the Clarion Ledger 2017 All-State team and was invited to compete in the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
One of the top in-state receivers has made it official!— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, Kyziah Pruitt. A 5-10 WR from Macon, Miss.!@KyziahP » https://t.co/2IqIyo2xsy #MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/4KAjf24392
That’s all she Wrote #Hailsta8 pic.twitter.com/ppsqCQHIOl— K. ️ R U I T T (@KyziahP) June 13, 2018
Defensive End De’Monte Russell
Russell has tremendous speed for a defensive end. Regarded by ESPN and 247Sports as a four-star defensive end prospect, Russell accepted an invitation to compete in the 2019 Under Armour All-American Game.
The Jackson, Miss., native was named MVP of the Under Armour Big Man Challenge and the Rivals 3-Stripe Camp. At Provine High School, Russell compiled 131 total tackles with 37 for a loss and 14.5 sacks in his tenure. In his senior campaign, he recorded 52 tackles with 12 for a loss and 5.5 sacks and recorded a career-high four fumbles in his final season.
An explosive speed rusher from Provine HS in now a Dawg!— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 19, 2018
Welcome to the family, De’Monte Russell. A 6-4 DE from Jackson, Miss.@monte_russell » https://t.co/OVC1N0BflK#MoorDawgs19 | #HailState pic.twitter.com/L6GL0UJ45i