Less than two weeks after verbally committing to Mississippi State, Jamal Couch has officially signed with the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-5, 217-pound wide receiver is the Bulldogs’ second-highest rated recruit, and the top-ranked commit on the offensive side of the ball. Couch is ranked as the nation’s No. 16 athlete in the Class of 2016, and the ninth-best player out of Alabama.
The three-star senior out of Central High School (Phenix City, Ala.), had offers from Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina, and others, and chose to commit to the Seminoles last spring. In December, however, he de-committed, then chose Mississippi State in late January.
“It is pretty much because they’ve been with me since day one,” Couch said, according to 247Sports.com. “They never left me even when I was committed to Florida State. And Coach Mullen is like another father figure for me. He is a younger coach that relates well with players.”
While other schools recruited Couch as a linebacker, Mississippi State was among the few who looked at the senior as a wide receiver — his preference.
“They said I can play as a freshman with De’Runnya Wilson leaving for the NFL (Draft),” Couch told 247Sports. “They said I can earn that opportunity and let them develop me. Being able to be on offense is a big factor for me, too, and Mississippi State has always wanted me at that position.”
Wilson led the Bulldogs (and was second in the SEC) with 10 receiving touchdowns last season. Only junior Fred Ross had more receiving yards per game (77.5) than Wilson (70.6), and both placed in the top 10 in the conference. While Ross will certainly be the Bulldogs’ main option in the passing game next year, the 6-foot-2 senior receiver’s performance could be helped tremendously by another large, talented target on the field. In Couch, he and the Bulldogs could have exactly that.