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A Look Ahead to the 2021 Recruiting Class

Signing day is near, but let’s take a look even further into the future.

NCAA Football: Mississippi State at Tennessee Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

National signing day is rapidly approaching for the 2020 recruiting class. Head Coach Joe Moorhead has put together a top 25 class for the class of 2020, but with areas that need improvement, the class of 2021 is a talented one around the country. We will focus on some recruits both in the state of Mississippi and out of state in this article that the Bulldogs should examine and kick the tires on.

We will start in the state of Texas, where talent is not difficult to find, but some tend to go under the radar. Colleyville Heritage High School junior running back Braxton Ash is one player that has been under the radar, but a strong 2020 season has him poised to gain some recruiting attention as schools shift focus to the class of 2021 recruits. Ash, averaged an impressive 5.7 yards per carry this season and did not wear down as the season progressed. Ash played well during the postseason, rushing for over 100 yards in each appearance, including games against Birdville, Amarillo, and Denton Ryan. I expect even bigger things from Ash next season and look forward to seeing colleges jump on the bandwagon.

The second-class of 2021 member that we will look at is Springdale Har-Ber tight end, Errington McRae. McRae will not stay under the radar long; the young man has excellent blocking technique and is impressive from a pass and run blocking perspective. Errington has soft hands and is a matchup problem for linebackers and safeties. McRae had an impressive season racking up 801 yards receiving off 41 receptions. McRae is interested in Mississippi State, and his recruiting will start to heat up as focus shifts to 2021. McRae is already well known in the state of Arkansas, and soon the rest of the SEC will discover the kind of talent has. Bulldogs’ fans should not be surprised to see McRae wind up in the SEC somewhere.

The third player from 2021 class we are going to take a look at is Luke Altymer out of Starkville High School. To say Altymer had an excellent 2019 season would be an understatement. Altymer passed for 37 touchdowns 3,093 yards this season. Passing for over 3.000 yards has already caught the eyes of Mississippi State coaches, but also Ole Miss and LSU coaches. Luke has a strong arm and good pocket presence. Altymer is another recruit that will have a busy offseason of phone calls from college coaches. As the 2020 recruiting period ends, the 2021 fun is just getting started, enjoy the ride!