If Bulldogs fans are looking for a “favorite” Mississippi State recruit for the upcoming signing class, they may want to take a really close look at QB Jalen Mayden.
The dual-threat quarterback out of Sachse, Texas delivered two strong reasons Mississippi State fans should like him already on Sunday.
During an interview with 247Sports’ Paul Jones, Mayden opened up about his commitment to the program after being recruited by Dan Mullen only to see him leave for Florida prior to signing day.
Mayden told Jones that Mullen had contacted Mayden about potentially flipping his commitment to the Gators, but the 3-star prospect was having none of that.
“He said the new staff was going to talk to me more and evaluate me,” Mayden said of his conversation with Mullen, per 247Sports. “But I told him I didn’t like Florida like that and I am staying [with Mississippi State].
That’s check mark No. 1 for winning the hearts of Mississippi State fans. But No. 2 might even be better.
Mayden also revealed that he has been in contact with new Bulldogs coach Joe Moorhead and that he’s working hand-in-hand with the former Penn State offensive coordinator to try to ensure that the 2018 Bulldogs recruiting class stays together in spite of the coaching change.
Mayden details to Jones that he reaffirmed his commitment to Mississippi State during a discussion with Moorhead, during which the new coach asked for Mayden’s help in keeping everyone “on track.”
It appears as though Mayden has stepped up to the plate on that request.
“I’ve talked to all of the other commitments in our group chat,” Mayden told Jones. “Everyone was shook at first when Coach Mullen left but now they are all saying they want to stay committed.”
Mayden is rated as the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2018 according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The 6-2, 215-pound prospect has offers from Ohio State, Georgia and Tennessee, among others, according to the recruiting site’s database.
Mississippi State has 25 commitments for the Class of 2018, which rates as the nation’s No. 14 class according to 247Sports.