Mississippi State inked an impressive 2016 signing class, and the program has now added a late prospect that should help out on special teams right away.
Kody Schexnayder, one of Louisiana’s elite punters, committed to the Bulldogs on Tuesday.
But the elite Louisiana punter knew he’d be calling Starkville, Miss., his new home once he visited the campus a month ago.
“Coach J.T. (Curtis) told me early in my recruiting process that we will ride this thing all the way out until you find the right spot for you,” Schexnayder told SEC Country.
“I felt out of all the schools I could have gone to, and Mississippi State was the best fit for me. When I visited the place about four weeks ago, I fell in love with the place. It was literally five minutes after we left the place I told my mom and dad that’s where I want to be! It just felt right.”
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound punter from John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.) was a standout performer on both the football and baseball field in high school.
Over the past four years, Schexnayder has earned numerous accolades for his special-teams triumphs, including garnering All-District, All-Metro and All-State recognition.
Schexnayder previously visited Washington State and received a slew of interest from a number of other colleges before ultimately deciding to re-examine all of his options, which led him to the SEC West and Mississippi State.
Now the punter remains focused on his future in the SEC, which in many ways has been a lifelong dream.
“It feels great to be honest,” Schexnayder said. “I feel excited to get up there. To think ill be playing in the SEC next year is surreal. This is something every kid dreams up. I just want to thank my coaches for doing everything they can for me to get this opportunity. Also, my brother, who was there every step of the way with this recruiting process.”