Welcome to More Cowbell, SEC Country’s daily podcast about Mississippi State sports with host Brandon Walker.
Nearly four months after signing day, Mississippi State could be on the verge of adding an impact player to its defense. On Sunday night, news broke that Shaq Wiggins, a graduate transfer cornerback from Louisville, was on Mississippi State’s campus for an official recruiting visit. This news comes about a month after Wiggins committed to the University of Tennessee, seeming to shut down his recruitment. But MSU defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who coached Wiggins and Louisville and at Georgia, continued to work, and has MSU on the cusp of landing Wiggins. What would this mean for MSU’s 2017 football team? It would mean adding a veteran cornerback familiar with Grantham’s defense to a unit that ranked dead last in the Southeastern Conference in pass defense a year ago. It would mean adding another transfer to a defense that has seen an influx of talent since the 2016 season ended. It would mean plenty for a defense desperate to put the abomination of last season behind it. Whatever Wiggins ultimately decides, his destination will have an effect on MSU, one way or another.
In other recruiting news, 4-star quarterback prospect Jalen Mayden (Sachse, Texas) is poised to announce his decision on Tuesday. Most pundits believe Mayden is leaning heavily toward continuing Dan Mullen’s quarterback line at MSU, and a commitment from Mayden would give MSU its cornerstone for the 2018 recruiting class.
Elsewhere, MSU’s baseball team ended the regular season on a sour note, but the SEC Tournament gives the Bulldogs an opportunity to get rolling again.