What we Learned about Mississippi State Football on National Signing Day

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National Signing Day and the few days leading up to it were quite a wild ride for Mississippi State football fans. The night before players could start faxing in their Letters of Intent, the Bulldogs found out Offensive Lineman Scott Lashley of West Point was signing with Alabama. It was the biggest blow to the class as the Bulldogs desperately needed help on the offensive line.

News out of Starkville High School was mixed for the Mississippi State football team. Kobe Jones, the four star defensive tackle, decided to stay in Starkville and play for the Bulldogs. The other highly sought after player for the Yellow Jackets, A.J. Brown, left for dreaded rival Ole Miss.

The last chance for Dan Mullen to make a big splash was when Jeffrey Simmons announced his decision at 11:00 a.m. at Noxubee Couthey High School in Macon, MS. Simmons was the highest ranked player in the state of Mississippi, but most people thought he was choosing between Alabama and Ole Miss despite having the Mississippi State football team in his final three.

Simmons pulled off one of the more shocking decisions in the country when he picked up the Mississippi State hat and signed his letter of intent to play for the Bulldogs. Simmons was the final piece of the recruiting puzzle for Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State football coaching staff.

According to 247sports.com, the Bulldogs had the 31st best recruiting class in the country. So what do the 18 new players mean for the next four to five years for the Bulldogs and Dan Mullen? That’s what we intend to answer.

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