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National Signing Day 2019: Mississippi State

Take a look at the incoming players to the Bulldogs program


The Mississippi State football kicked off National Signing Day 2019 with defensive tackle Nathan Pickering committing to the Bulldogs.

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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.

Wide receiver Javonta Payton

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.

Offensive lineman Brandon Cunningham

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.

Safety Collin Duncan

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.

Cornerback Martin Emmerson

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.

Running back Kareem Walker

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.

Cornerback Dylan Lawrence

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.

Punter Corliss Waitman

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.