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What’s next for Mississippi State?

What’s next for Mississippi State?

With the December signing deadline fast approaching, Mississippi State is looking to add to its 2023 class. The Bulldogs have picked up a bit of steam over the past few weeks. Back November 19, junior college graduate, standout running back Jeffery Pittman climbed aboard the “Bulldog” express. Six days later, the former Southern Miss offensive commitment Jayden Hobson chose the Bulldogs. Louisville (Mississippi) High School’s defensive star last weekend. Gabriel Moore added his name to the state’s list of liabilities.

Earlier today, the former Pitt Panther commitment Brice Pollock joined the class as a cornerback. The Bulldogs pursued the Georgia native throughout the process despite his earlier pledges to the Panthers.

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coach Mike Leach and his staff currently hold verbal commitments to 19 future Bulldogs. With the 25-year cap no longer an issue, State is expected to sign north of 25 players. How much more than 25 depends on the outbound traffic that the NCAA transfer portal generates. There will also be some incoming transfers, which will be a large part of the coverage on this site in the coming weeks.

So, how should the state spend its last seats? This is a bit of a tricky question as the staff will definitely save a few seats for transfer options. Granted, the Bulldogs are a developmental program largely fueled by high school prospects.

The Bulldogs are expected to take another high school offensive lineman. Brookhaven High School (MS) on offense Amari Smith took an official visit to Starkville last weekend. Smith could find himself in an either/or situation with Kentucky Kobe Keenam. Smith is expected to play tackle but can step up and play guard if needed. Keenum is better suited for the inside game. Smith didn’t set a time frame for a decision, but Keenum will take his upcoming official visit to the state before making the final call.

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With three Bulldog quarterbacks declaring for the NFL draft, State needs to find some production at tight end or junior college. Great Jones College Lardarius Webb Jr arrived at Oklahoma State fresh off an official visit to Mississippi State. The state will have one starting spot at cornerback and two at safety, as it is now. Look for fresh offers to potential customers on the portals to get out soon. Maybe the former Ole Miss Rebel and M.J. Daniels will be a serious option in the coming days.

with Rara Thomas entering the transfer window, the Bulldogs should be looking for a playmaker or two with some college experience. State has some talent at wide receiver, but losing Thomas certainly wasn’t beneficial.

The state received good news when Jayden Krumedi and Nathan Pickering announced that they would be back for another ride in maroon and white. The Bulldogs still need to add another high school guy to the development pipeline and could use a portal pass rusher. Vicksburg High (MS) star Caleb Bryant remains a viable option out of the high school ranks, but the Bulldogs need to do their homework to find a player capable of becoming an edge rusher.

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