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For weeks, it was rumored that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was about to secure his latest quarterback commitment. It happened Tuesday night. After playing in his school’s spring football game, 4-star quarterback prospect Jalen Mayden (Sachse, Texas) released a 2-minute video detailing his decision to commit to MSU. Mayden’s decision gives Mullen a 4-star quarterback commitment for the second-straight recruiting cycle and continues Mullen’s impressive run of recruiting the most important position on the field.
So what does Mayden bring to the table? At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Mayden is the ideal size for Mullen’s offense, which oftens leans heavily on a quarterback’s ability to run the ball to move the chains. But Mayden, which having Dak Prescott’s size, also has Nick Fitzgerald’s speed, and he possesses big-play ability with his arm and his legs. In short, Mayden looks like the perfect quarterback for Mullen’s system.
Mayden’s commitment is proof that two things are very real. The first is the Dan Mullen effect. Regarded as one of the top quarterback coaches in the country, Mullen has produced an NFL Rookie of the Year in Dak Prescott and the 2016 leader in total yards in the SEC in the form of Fitzgerald. Now, recruits seem to be taking notice. Instead of finding diamonds in the rough on the recruiting trail at the QB position, Mullen is now just finding diamonds.
The second is the Dak Prescott effect. Prescott brought legitimacy and acclaim to MSU’s program while he was in Starkville, and he continues to do it today. As a young star with the Dallas Cowboys, Prescott has given MSU an example of what players can become after four years in Starkville. And once again, recruits are beginning to take notice.
Elsewhere, Athlon gave MSU very little respect in its preseason All-SEC teams and the baseball team is trying to avenge a pair of late-season losses to Georgia.