Dan Mullen was hired as Mississippi State’s head coach in December of 2008, and since he became the headman he promised Mississippi State fans that the Bulldogs would compete for championships. However, almost a decade into his tenure he hasn’t been to a SEC Championship yet, but it isn’t impossible.
Mississippi State isn’t the most attractive place for one of the nation’s top recruits to come play football, as we lack the tradition, as well as the appeal of a bigger college town. However, if Dan Mullen can capitalize on the 2019 recruiting class, which is filled with talent in Mississippi, then Mississippi State can compete for a SEC Championship and even a national championship.
Mississippi State has dominated the 2018 in-state recruiting cycle securing commitments from the top six players in the state, as well as 7 of the top 10. The only other schools with commitments from the top-10 players in the state of Mississippi for the class of 2018 according to 247 Sports are Ole Miss with 1 and LSU with 1. I bring up the 2018 class because this could help with reeling in the top talent for next year’s even more talented class, and the Bulldogs have already hit the ground running. Mississippi State has already received commitments from 2 of the state’s top 10 players in the more talented 2019 class. The Bulldogs started their momentum for next year’s class during Big Dawg Camp, when Jalon Jones, who is from Richmond, Virginia and is considered one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation committed to Mississippi State. Then, came perhaps the biggest commitment of the class, the state’s #1 overall player, Charles Moore. Moore is rated as a 5* Defensive End from Louisville but hasn’t been able to display his skills this season due to a torn ACL. Then, just a month ago Diwun Black, who had long been considered an Ole Miss lean committed to Mississippi State after taking an official visit to Mississippi State for the LSU game. Black is also highly rated and is considered a 4* Athlete by 247 Sports and the 7th best player in the state. The commitments of these talented prospects have catapulted Mississippi State’s class to the #9 spot nationally for the 2019 Class and has the potential to be Dan Mullen’s best class at Mississippi State.
If Mississippi State has success, closing out the 2018 Class and 2019 Class, then the Bulldogs could be headed to Atlanta in 2020 or 2021, as the foundation of top 15 recruiting classes will be set, and it will be up to Dan Mullen and Co. to lead this team to Atlanta and the College Football Playoff.