The Mississippi St. Bulldogs rounded out its first recruiting class in the Moorhead era, and it did not disappoint, coming in at 27th in the country, 9th in the SEC, and dominating the state of Mississippi with the top 6 players signing. Clearly, we would love to have the recruiting success that Georgia just experienced, but they are on another planet right now in that category. Plus, as State has shown in the recent past, we don’t need all the 5 stars to have success.
The program has always been built around player development and getting the most out of the players that we have. That being said, this recruiting class addressed some pressing needs in a big way.
Moorhead signed 23 recruits, 6 of which are 4 stars, and three of those being big, talented wide receivers. If there was a glaring issue last year on the offensive side it was the lack of size and aggression from the wide receivers.
The biggest get was the 6 foot 4 Stephen Guidry. Guidry was the number one ranked JUCO wide receiver in the nation out of Hinds C.C., and should make an immediate impact in the passing game.
The other two 4 star wide receivers to sign are the No. 31 and No.32 ranked receivers in the nation in Malik Heath and Devonta Jason respectively. Both Heath and Jason are 6 foot 3 and over 200 pounds, which is great size to have in the hotly contested SEC.
The next big signee, no pun intended, is 6’ 7” 361 pound Kwatrivious Johnson from Greenwood, MS. Johnson is the 18th ranked offensive tackle and the 2nd ranked player in MS.
The next 4 star signee is Jaden Crumedy out of Oak Grove. Crumedy is a prototypical 6 foot 5 240 pound defensive end that is the 20th ranked defensive end and 4th ranked player in MS.
Jalen Mayden is the final 4 star signee and should be a big time player at qurterback. Mayden hails from Sachse, TX and is the 16th ranked dual threat quarterback in the country. Mayden has great size at 6 foot 2 215 pounds and will prove to be a perfect fit in Moorhead’s offense, and the first QB he recruited to State.
Rounding out the rest of the class, Moorhead went heavy on the defensive side of the ball. The coaching staff added size and speed to help keep the mindset of dominating on that side of the ball.
This class obviously isn’t State’s best, but it did do a great job at filling immediate needs with highly talented players in key positions. The class had potential to be a top 25 class, but with coaching changes come decommitments, and that is just a way of life in college football.
Moorhead has proven to be a great relationship builder by keeping and solidifying the base of this recruiting class in a very short time, and with this staff of highly talented recruiters in place, I am certain this will be the lowest ranked class of the Moorhead era.