The Mississippi State football kicked off National Signing Day 2019 with defensive tackle Nathan Pickering committing to the Bulldogs.
Pickering comes from Seminary High School in Mount Olive, Mississippi. According to 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals, Pickering is a four-star defensive lineman. At Seminary, Pickering recorded close to 300 total tackles, 115 tackles for a loss and 21 sacks in four seasons.
As a senior, Pickering recorded 97 total tackles, an impressive 43 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He also intercepted a pass, caused six fumbles, broke up two passes, registered 20 quarterback hurries and even scored six touchdowns on offense.
Kicking off the morning with one of the top recruits from Mississippi joining the D-Block!— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) February 6, 2019
Welcome to the family, Nathan Pickering. A 6-4 DT from Mount Olive, Miss.@TheRealNathan22 » https://t.co/cp1NBJWPYV#MoorDawgs19 #HailState pic.twitter.com/AkYXx5f0bq
I just want to thank my family, friends and coaches for helping through this. I also want to thank the other schools for offering me. Mostly I want to thank God for allowing to fulfill my dreams! Can’t wait to start my career at Mississippi State University ! #HailStateForever— Nathan Pickering (@TheRealNathan22) February 6, 2019
Payton is dangerous playmaker at the wide receiver position. ESPN ranks him as a four-star wide receiver and the top-ranked junior college receiver.
As a sophomore at Northwest Mississippi Community College, Payton played 10 games, where he caught 23 passes for 331 yards and two touchdowns.
SIGNED | JaVonta Payton, the nation's No. 2 JUCO wide receiver, has inked with Mississippi State! Payton had 67 catches for 840 yards & 11 TD in 2 yrs at NWCC. #SenatobiaToSaturdays pic.twitter.com/1tpXL9Dhrg— Northwest Rangers (@NWCC_Rangers) February 6, 2019
Cunningham comes to Mississippi State with lots of speed and power. 247Sports and ESPN ranks him as an athletic four-star prospect. He also ranked a the 15th-best player in the state of Mississippi.
An offensive tackle that brings speed and power to the trenches.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) February 6, 2019
Welcome to the family, Brandon Cunningham! A 6-4 OL from St. Martin, Miss.@iambrandonlett » https://t.co/BLHbUxLbwK#MoorDawgs19 #HailState pic.twitter.com/gwgc9FSP4A
Duncan played both ways in high school in Alabama. 247Sports ranked him as the 16th-best player in the state of Alabama. The Montgomery, Alabama native recorded 63 tackles and a pair of interceptions and ran for 12 touchdowns and threw for two in his senior season.
A smart, instinctive athlete that can play on both sides of the ball.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) February 6, 2019
Welcome to the family Collin Duncan! A 6-0 S from Montgomery, Ala.@COLLINDUNCAN05 » https://t.co/ZjGXCiRy7z#MoorDawgs19 #HailState pic.twitter.com/H65bLi5kEC
SIGNED!!! (Do Not Own The Rights To This Video) pic.twitter.com/BVLYQKMjsF— Collin Duncan (@COLLINDUNCAN05) February 6, 2019
Emmerson comes to Mississippi State with size and speed. As a cornerback and strong safety in high school in Pensacola, Florida, the three-star cornerback (247Sports, ESPN, Rivals) recorded 149 tackles, eight pass breakups, a forced fumble and an interception during his junior and senior seasons.
He’s a physical playmaker with quality size and speed.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) February 6, 2019
Welcome to the family Martin Emerson! A 6-1 CB from Pensacola, Fla.@MartyMargg1 » https://t.co/krEZ8MbLHw#MoorDawgs19 #HailState pic.twitter.com/p5mGqYh3m6
Walker is a three-star running back and the fifth-best junior college running back, according to 247Sports. He recorded 64 carries for 207 yards and a touchdown in seven games as a sophomore.
One of the top junior college prospects in the country is heading to #StarkVegas!— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) February 6, 2019
Welcome to the family Kareem Walker! A 6-0 RB from Irvington, N.J.@_KareemWalker » https://t.co/lwaLtq5IFR #MoorDawgs19 #HailState pic.twitter.com/6LqquVpHGC
Lawrence is a three-star athlete, according to 247Sports and Rivals.
The George County High School, Lawrence played both defensive back and wide receiver. In his senior season, he tallied 61 tackles, three sacks, three pass deflections. As a junior, he recorded 76 tackles and an interception.
From ’Sip to State! We’re adding a versatile athlete to the Maroon and White.— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) February 6, 2019
Welcome to the family, Dylan Lawrence! A 6-4 CB from George County, Miss.@_dml_4 » https://t.co/TbK6Az0jgp#MoorDawgs19 #HailState pic.twitter.com/Ca6BcnKdoX
Waitman comes in as a graduate transfer after spending three seasons at South Alabama.
As a junior in 2018, the Milton, Florida native punted 67 times for 2,792 yards, averaging 41.7 yards per punt, 15 punts of 50-plus yards and 27 were fair caught.