Mississippi State Football: Latest Transfer Portal News for Bulldogs

With spring practices having come to an end for Mississippi State football, we're beginning to see further changes to the roster.
Nov 23, 2023; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Mike Wright (14)
Nov 23, 2023; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Mike Wright (14) / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi State football played its 2024 spring game this past Saturday, and now they're beginning to see movement in the transfer portal. Which players have joined the roster? Who's on their way out? And what's happening with State's portal targets?

Here's the latest transfer portal news for Mississippi State...

Transfer Cornerback DeAgo Brumfield commits to MSU

Following the spring game, Jeff Lebby told media MSU would be pursuing defensive backs in the portal. He didn't have to wait long to add one, with former Memphis corner DeAgo Brumfield committing shortly after. Brumfield, who began his career at the NAIA level before walking-on for the Tigers, started 12 games in 2023 and led Memphis with 10 passes broken up.

He becomes the second former Tiger to join MSU's secondary alongside Traveon Wright, both of whom are reuniting with their former DC Matt Barnes, who serves as Co-DC and Safeties coach on Jeff Lebby's staff.

Quarterback Mike Wright enters transfer portal

On Monday, Bulldog quarterback Mike Wright announced his decision to enter the transfer portal. The dynamic athlete joined MSU last season to serve as Will Rogers' backup after spending the first three years of his career at Vanderbilt. He saw regular playing time as a wildcat QB, and started three games for the Bulldogs when Rogers went down with injury.

With Blake Shapen coming in to serve as State's 2024 starter and both Chris Parson and Michael Van Buren being better fits for the offense, it comes as no surprise that Wright would explore options elsewhere for his final year of eligibility.

Linebacker Khalid Moore enters transfer portal

One of State's reserve linebackers jumped in the portal on Monday. Khalid Moore is transferring after two seasons in Starkville. The Poplarville native was rated as a 4-star coming out of high school in 2022. After redshirting in his true freshman season, Moore saw limited playing time as a redshirt freshman in 2023. Though plenty of opportunity exists in the MSU LB room going into this season, Moore was likely to be behind several others in that group.

Pair of Bulldog lineman enter portal

Two young MSU offensive lineman are transferring. Zay Alexander and Jayden Hopsen are in the portal after one year on campus. The fellow 3-star prospects redshirted in 2023. State has reworked their offensive line room with four transfers joining the program, and they're still looking for more. Neither Alexander nor Hopson were expected to contribute this season.

State's search for a running back ongoing

Running back was highlighted as a position of need from the portal for State, and it seemed as though they had addressed that with the commitment of former Miami (OH) 1000-yard rusher Rashad Amos. But it seems Amos isn't fully locked-in on the Bulldogs. Per On3, Amos is set to visit Colorado this week.

The Buffaloes already added former Ohio State RB Dallan Hayden, but today news broke that their 2023 leading rusher Dylan Edwards is transferring out of the program. Amos hasn't backed-off his commitment to MSU, but he's clearly exploring his options.

MSU is also exploring their options. The hosted former Oregon State RB Damien Martinez, the top uncommitted RB in the portal, over the weekend, and it reportedly went well. Martinez cancelled a visit to Kentucky following his trip to Starkville. He's already visited Arizona, and has a visit to Miami upcoming. Many believe the Hurricanes to be the frontrunner, but State is making a push.

If Rashad Amos were to flip his commitment to Colorado, it would become far more important that State land Martinez. Their current RBs looked capable in the spring game, but a more proven ball-carrier would be preferred.