Dan Mullen’s recent contract extension through the 2021 season provides the sort of stability that helps in recruiting. Even before he put pen to paper on that new deal, he was already off to a fast start in the 2018 recruiting cycle.
The Bulldogs have six players who are verbally committed so far, and all of them hail from the Magnolia State.
Let’s have a look at the state of the Bulldogs’ recruiting class, as of Sunday, April 9.
Where Mississippi State’s 2018 recruiting class ranks
Mississippi State’s 2018 recruiting class is coming together nicely. The Bulldogs are 23rd nationally, per 247Sports composite rankings, thanks to a class that features six hard commits. It’s early in the process, but that puts Mullen’s class one spot higher than the No. 24 ranking his 2017 haul brought to Starkville in February.
The Bulldogs clock in at No. 7 in the SEC rankings early in the 2018 recruiting process. The key will be keeping talent in town as pressure mounts from conference foes.
Who are Mississippi State’s top commitments?
The two top prospects are wide receivers, including 4-star recruit Malik Heath of Jackson, Miss. Heath is a big target at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. He is accompanied by perhaps an even better prospect in Nero Nelson, who despite a 3-star designation is the No. 1 wide receiver in Mississippi, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. Nelson played last season at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College.
Heath is second among the best players in the state. Nelson is fifth among Mississippi junior college players.
Who committed to Mississippi State this week?
The most recent player to commit to Mullen’s program was Starkville product Cameron Gardner, who announced his decision on March 24. He is 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and awaits a star rating from 247Sports.
Who de-committed from Mississippi State this week?
The Bulldogs had a couple of players change their minds back in January, but there are no recent defections to report.
Who are Mississippi State’s top uncommitted prospects?
Montgomery, Ala., prospect Alfred Thomas released his top eight schools earlier this week, and Mississippi State was among teams to make the cut for the 4-star defensive tackle.
The Bulldogs also offered 3-star cornerback Jaylon Reed of Olive Branch (Miss.) High School. The Bulldogs are in his top 10, and he has been on campus for a visit.
Behind center, Trad Beatty picked up his first offer when Mullen and Mississippi State set their sights on the dual-threat quarterback from Columbia, S.C. Other suitors figure to be South Carolina and North Carolina, as well as Virginia Tech and North Carolina State.
- Malik Heath
- Nero Nelson
- Cameron Gardner
- Kwatrivous Johnson
- Esaias Furdge
- Jemaurian Jones
Geography of Mississippi State recruiting class
- Mississippi (6)