Mississippi State football recruiting: Nathan Pickering sticks with Bulldogs

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NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 30: Mississippi State Bulldogs cheerleaders celebrate after a touchdown against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during play at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field on December 30, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Mississippi State won 23-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Seminary, Mississippi’s Nathan Pickering has decided to finally sign with the Mississippi State football team this morning!

The Mississippi State football team just landed one of the top defensive tackles in the country! Nathan Pickering has made things official with the Mississippi State Bulldogs and has signed his letter of intent to come play college football in Starkville.

Pickering is a four-star defensive tackle coming out of Seminary High School down in Seminary, Mississippi. At 6-foot-3.5 and 286 pounds, Pickering was one of the highest coveted recruits to come out of the state of Mississippi this recruiting cycle. Now, that talented defensive lineman is joining the Mississippi State football team.

Pickering is a dominant force and was the 5th highest rated recruit in Mississippi this cycle. He’s also the 73rd ranked recruit in the country according to 247 Sports.

Tony Hughes is credited as the primary recruiter for Pickering, but Brian Baker probably had a decent sized role in the process as well. And when Baker left Starkville for Tuscaloosa to join the Alabama Crimson Tide, Pickering informed Mississippi State football fans that he still intended to come to Starkville.

And now he’s doing just that.


Check out how Pickering’s signing announcement looked earlier this morning:

The Mississippi State football team is losing a ton of talent along its defensive line with Montez Sweat, Gerri Green, and Jeffery Simmons all leaving. Adding someone as talented as Pickering should help keep Mississippi State’s defensive line among the best in the country over the next couple of seasons.

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