New coach Moorhead expands recruiting map
Before ending a speech in mid-May, the first day of a weeklong “Road Dawg Tour” at Mississippi State’s football complex, Joe Moorhead relayed a number to the crowd regard
his current recruiting class. The then-nine Mississippi State 2019 commits came from six states.
“Which,” Moorhead said, “I think is pretty great.”
Moorhead’s take is subjective, of course, but the number was factual. The Bulldogs now have 17 pledges who hail from seven states — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. Only half are from Mississippi.
Moorhead’s first full recruiting year coincides with this being the deepest recruiting class for the state in recent memory. There are five more months to go before the early signing period, but May was an important month on the recruiting calendar because of staffs’ spring evaluations, and that’s why Moorhead was talking aboutrecruiting in the first place.
So there was Moorhead, a coach in the South for the first time, at a podium in Starkville saying the regional aspect of recruiting — where a coach is from — is over-
Mississippi State’s Leo Lewis (10), Tre Brown (96) and Fletcher Adams (43) are all from Mississippi, which new coach Joe Moorhead calls the program’s “primary area” in recruiting.