Mississippi State has had well-publicized struggles in the kicking department in recent years, and that could be attributed to the lack of interest in recruiting SEC-caliber kickers and punters in recent recruiting cycles. However, Dan Mullen’s staff has appeared to change their approach with the recent additions of highly touted kickers and punters.
Insert Tucker Day and Evan McPherson. Day, who signed with the Bulldogs last season, was considered to be one of the top special team’s prospects in the nation when he was selected to the 2017 Army All-American Game. Day is a punter, but he is also expected to compete for playing time as a place kicker due to Mississippi State’s lack of depth at the position.
Evan McPherson is rated as the 6th-best kicker in the nation by 247 Sports, and he was recently selected to the prestigious Under-Armour All-American Game. McPherson’s stats as a junior at Fort Payne High School include 7 of 12 on field goals, with a season long of 52 yards, as well as a perfect 36/36 on extra point attempts.
I can’t believe that I’m going to be playing in the game I grew up watching! Truly a blessing!! pic.twitter.com/w06cH7kit8
— Evan McPherson (@McPherson_Evan) July 23, 2017
McPherson joins fellow 2018 class members Kwatravious Johnson and Malik Heath as Under Armour All-Americans. Mississippi State’s 2018 class is shaping up to be a good one, as it currently projects to be another top 25 class under Dan Mullen.