Mississippi State football makes its return in just two weeks as the Bulldogs will be battling it out with Louisiana at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 14 days. Today’s spotlighted player is #14 Jalen Mayden.
Mayden is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback from Sachse, Texas. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was considered to be one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country in the 2018 class. He ranked 16th nationally at the position in the 247Sports Composite rankings and ranked as a four-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals. He also ranked as the 11th-best player in the country at his position by ESPN. He was considered as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback recruit from the state of Texas according to 247Sports.
He compiled 9,472 yards of total offense and was responsible for 114 touchdowns during his high school career at Sachse High School. As a senior, Mayden passed for 2,170 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also rushed for 784 yards and 13 touchdowns on 114 carries. He helped lead the Mustangs to the third round of the 2017 UIL Football State Championships and a 12-1 record. He was then invited to the 2017 Elite 11 All-Star Camp for his efforts. As a junior, he threw for 2,875 passing yards and 27 touchdowns and added 634 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns as he led the Mustangs to an 11-1 record.
Following a stellar prep career, Mayden signed with the Bulldogs on Dec. 20, 2017. He chose MSU over offers from Nebraska, Tennessee, Ohio State, Baylor, Louisville, and Georgia among several others.
In his initial year on campus, Mayden played in three games and earned a redshirt. He rushed seven times for 32 yards and went 1-for-2 passing for nine yards.
Coming into the 2019 season, all eyes are on the QB1 battle between graduate transfer Tommy Stevens and junior Keytaon Thompson, but Mayden finds himself in a battle for the third spot with incoming freshman quarterback Garrett Shrader. Mayden posses great athleticism and the ability to accurately throw deep passes. Shrader is also a tremendous athlete who can make plays with both his arm and his legs. One of the two will likely be the quarterback of the future in Starkville.