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Evaluating the Mississippi State 2020 Recruiting Class: Defensive End Jordan Davis

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The recruit that had fans talking on the defensive side of the ball, in the 2020 recruiting class was Jordan Davis. Davis was the number 1 recruit out of Tennessee and Mississippi State signing him was an impressive victory for the previous staff. We will be taking a brief look at what should be a key piece of the Bulldogs’ defense next season.

Jordan Davis was a force on the defensive side of the ball at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. In 2018, Davis accounted for 45 tackles, two and a half sacks, and forced a fumble. Davis uses an impressive combination of speed and power to disrupt the offensive backfield. Last season, Davis continued his consistent play racking up 32 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Simply put, Davis is one of the recruits that Mississippi State made a top priority.

What this means for the Bulldogs as we focus on next season, is that the defensive line will continue to have quality defensive linemen wreaking havoc on the offensive backfield. Davis is a solid tackler, which rarely misses tackles. Based on his stat line alone over the past two seasons, Davis has no problem playing the football and forcing fumbles. Davis has NFL potential, two possible seasons in the SEC should help him make that step, all the while his presence on the defensive line should help the Bulldogs’ defense cause some turnovers and get off the field on third down.

Joe Moorhead’s staff did an excellent job recruiting Davis to Starkville and it should be a fun spring and summer watching him get to work and learn the defensive system. Spring workouts are going to answer plenty of questions about the Bulldogs and it should be a spring and summer. Keep an eye out as I continue player evaluations and look out for the recruiting article over Mike Leach as well.