Mike Leach continues to cast a big quarterback net, lands big fish

Head coach Mike Leach (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Head coach Mike Leach (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

It’s no secret that Mike Leach is a pass-happy coach who loves his quarterbacks, and he’s landed a pretty big prospect for the 2021 class.

News flash if you’re a Mississippi State football fan – Mike Leach loves quarterbacks. Last week the quarterback room at Mississippi State was increased to six with the transfer announcement of former Vanderbilt quarterback Allan Walters. Now a new member of that group looks to be added for the 2021 class.

One of the top quarterback prospects in the nation has committed to Mississippi State in 4-Star quarterback Sawyer Robertson, who 247 Sports has ranked as the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the nation, a nice pickup for the Bulldogs program.

The Bulldogs’ upcoming air-raid offense now has no shortage of guys to run the Mike Leach scheme over the next few seasons.

247 Sports recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks had this to say about Robertson:

"“Very productive in pass-heavy spread offense. Stays on top of the ball with mostly overhead delivery. Drives the ball down the seams, on throws to the middle of the field, and on outs. Really spins it in the short-to-intermediate range.”"

Sounds like a perfect fit for Mike Leach and his system.

The Mike Leach methodology already taking root

This probably won’t be the last highly-ranked quarterback to throw his commitment Mississippi State’s way. Mike Leach has a reputation for being a quarterback whisperer and can seemingly turn just about any decent arm into Dan Fouts.

While many of his quarterback padawans churn out video game stats while in college, not all of them find success in the NFL, a trend that Gardner Minshew II wants to halt in Jacksonville.

Certainly, the mix of quarterbacks will thin out via transfers, graduations and NFL Draft entries, but don’t count on Leach having any less than three to four options available to throw the ball during any given season.

The Bulldogs are going to throw the ball, and throw it a lot under Mike Leach, and he’ll continue to cast a big net to snag as many quarterbacks who can potentially learn and run his system as he can.