Joe Moorhead and added a key commitment to his 2019 class on Tuesday when three-star quarterback Garrett Shrader announced his intentions to commit to Mississippi State.
“What lead me to Starkville was Coach (Joe} Moorhead, most definitely,” Shrader told GN. “I had a relationship with him up at Penn State. He recruited me up there and offered me up there and I was getting pretty close to going there actually.
“When he left there, I backed off of that and waited to see how things settled down. He offered me a couple days after he got to Starkville and things just took off from there.”
Shrader likes the personality of the Bulldogs’ new head coach.
“He’s very down-to-earth and approachable,” Shrader said. “He’s a very competitive guy and you can hold him accountable. When he says something, he’s going to do it.”
Shrader, (6-feet-4, 200 pounds) from Charlotte Christian, is among the top-15 duel-threat quarterbacks in the country for the 2019 class.
Shrader, who chose Mississippi State over offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and others, can’t wait for his opportunity to play football in the SEC.
“Oh yeah, the SEC West is the toughest division in college football, no doubt,” he said. “I don’t think there is much of an argument there. I love competition and I know Coach Moorhead does too. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
As for the type of quarterback that the Bulldogs are getting in Shrader.
“I would say I’m a passing quarterback that can run,” he said. “I like both the spread run game and the pro-style passing game. I like to throw the ball down the field and do everything basically that Coach Moorhead likes to do.”
Shrader says he welcomes being one of the leaders of this 2019 Mississippi State class and he has already started doing a little recruiting of his own.
“Oh yeah, I’ve already started texting guys. We are ahead of schedule.”
When asked if his recruitment is now over following his commitment to Mississippi State, Shrader left little doubt.
“It’s over,” he said. “I’ve already had to tell a couple guys who tried to text me that I can’t talk to them anymore.”
Mississippi State now has four commitments in its 2019 recruiting class. Interestingly enough, the four current 2019 commitments are from four different states, proof that Moorhead and his staff can attract talent from many areas of the country.
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