Dan Mullen: Top 5 Recruiting Misses

Nov 28, 2015; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen watches a highlight video during the senior night program before the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Davis Wade Stadium Mississippi won 38-27.. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2015; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen watches a highlight video during the senior night program before the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Davis Wade Stadium Mississippi won 38-27.. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports /
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#3 Nick Brassell

Mississippi State has never had much success landing the highest rated players to come out of South Panola. The dominant football power in Batesville has mostly been a pipeline to Ole Miss for players.

In 2011, things seemed to be changing. Early in the senior year of Nick Brassell and Kendrick Market, both players had announced they had committed to play for Mississippi State. Most Mississippi State players were pleasantly surprised to receive such good news.

We were even happier when South Panola Head Football Coach Lance Pogue told reporters who questioned the firmness of the commitments that the word commitment really meant something and there wasn’t going to be any flipping by these two players. Well, he was half right.

Market kept his commitment to the Bulldogs, but of the two, he wasn’t the one coaches salivated over. Brassell was the player everyone wanted, and like most thought at the time, he flipped to the Rebels. Despite two separate attempts to play for Ole Miss, Brassell never did much of anything for the Rebels.

The guy who was considered a throw in from South Panola, had a very productive career for the Bulldogs. He suffered a season ending injury his senior year, but he accumulated over 130 tackles in his three and a half seasons.

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