The Mississippi State and Louisiana Tech matchup doesn’t appear to be a huge one on Saturday’s college football schedule, but it does seem to have a surprising set of common ties.
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and Louisiana Tech running back Marlon Seets started in the same backfield at Haughton High School in Louisiana. Even through college, the two have remained best friends, according Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger. Louisiana Tech sophomore running back Jarred Craft also went to Haughton and graduated two years later.
The three friends exchanged some trash talk text messages this week before Saturday’s big game, but Prescott said they were good-natured.
— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) October 16, 2015
Louisiana Tech freshman wide receiver Javonte Woodard gives this matchup a fourth former Haughton High School football player. Prescott did not play with Woodard, but the Mississippi State quarterback isn’t at all surprised to see so many alumni from his high school at Louisiana Tech.
“Pretty much if you go to my high school, you go to LA Tech. It’s almost an extension,” Prescott said. “A lot of alumni or people who go there are friends of mine. It’s fun and exciting. There should be a ton of people from my hometown that will be there.”
But the storylines for this matchup don’t end there. Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has been on the staff for both teams. He was defensive coordinator at LA Tech last season, and new Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator Blake Baker runs a similar scheme to Diaz’s.
Mississippi State and Louisiana Tech also recruit in the same states. LA Tech has 11 players from Mississippi on its roster, while seven players from Louisiana are on Mississippi State’s roster.
The last similarity is the most obvious of them all: Both teams have Bulldogs as their mascot.