New coach Moor­head ex­pands re­cruit­ing map

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Will Sam­mon Jack­son Clar­ion-Ledger Bull­dogs

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.

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