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Mississippi State an early surprise of 2019 recruiting cycle

Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State coach

As we enter May, we are still more than seven months away from the early signing period for the Class of 2019. One of the early surprises in that class is the work being done by Joe Moorhead.

Mississippi State currently sits with nine commitments for its 2019 class, four of those nine prospects considered to be among the top-300 overall recruits in the country.

Compare that to Florida and former Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, who currently do not have a top-300 player committed for 2019.

The Bulldogs have done especially well when it comes to the defensive line. Mississippi State has three of the top-ranked defensive ends in the country committed.

Four-star defensive ends Charles Moore, (Louisville, KY.), Ani Izuchukwu, (Nashville, TN.), and De’Monte Russell, (Jackson, MS.) are all considered to be among the top-25 players at their position in the country.

All three prospects had numerous offers from around the country including several SEC programs. There are not many programs in the nation who can say they have three committed defensive linemen that are four-star or higher prospects; Mississippi State is one of them.

Four-star quarterback Garrett Shrader, (6-feet-4, 200 pounds) from Charlotte Christian, is among the top-10 pro-style quarterbacks in the country.

Shrader told GN following his commitment in early April that it was Moorhead was the difference-maker in his recruitment.

“What lead me to Starkville was Coach (Joe} Moorhead, most definitely,” Shrader said. “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.”

Three-star offensive tackle Brandon Cunningham, (Ocean Springs, MS.) three-star wide receiver Quinton Torbor, (Destrehan, LA.) and three-star defensive back DJ James (Spanish Fort, AL.) are also solid prospects in this Mississippi State 2019 class.

Mississippi State’s 2019 class currently ranks 13th in the country according to 247sports.com and with six different states represented in the nine commitments to this point, it shows Moorhead and his staff have the ability to bring in talent from around the southeast.

Yes, it is early in the recruiting process, and yes, there is a long way to go until prospects can officially sign, but there is no question that one of the early surprises not only in the SEC, but nationally as well, is the work being put in by Moorhead and his staff at Mississippi State.

(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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