Will Brian Baker’s decision impact Mississippi State football recruiting Nathan Pickering?

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Even though Brian Baker, the man that recruited Nathan Pickering, is leaving the Mississippi State football program for Alabama, it appears as if the star recruit is still interested in playing for the Bulldogs.

With Nathan Pickering’s primary and secondary recruiters leaving the Mississippi State football team’s coaching staff, will Pickering, one of the Bulldogs’ highest rated commits, decide to ditch the Bulldogs too?

According to the star recruit’s twitter account, that won’t be the case.

Yes, unfortunately, Brian Baker is on his way out of town. But that won’t hurt MSU’s chances with their star recruit, apparently.

The former defensive line coach for the Mississippi State football team is headed to join Nick Saban’s staff at the University of Alabama. And well, Baker was one of Pickering’s main recruiters. The other main recruiter for Pickering was Mark Hudspeth, who also left the Bulldogs for a new head coaching opportunity this offseason.

So how does that impact Pickering’s decision making process here?

It seemingly doesn’t change anything:


Pickering is a four-star defensive end from Seminary, Mississippi. He’s one of the best defensive line recruits in the country. The Bulldogs need to get him to make sure that they can continue to compete in the Southeastern Conference and potentially move up in their division.

But, well, Both Mark Hudspeth and Brian Baker have left Starkville to coach elsewhere. There was a very real chance that this could have worked against Mississippi State’s favor as they tried to get Pickering to come to Starkville.

Supposedly, none of that will harm the Bulldogs’ chances with the star from Seminary.

Nathan Pickering’s commitment to join the Mississippi State football team apparently is still there and is still valid. It looks like that won’t change at all.

The Bulldogs could certainly use Pickering on their defensive front, especially with Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons heading on to the NFL. If Joe Moorhead is able to land Pickering after all of this, then he’ll have done one heck of a recruiting job.