STARKVILLE, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi State Head Coach Joe Moorhead did something a little different to really blow signing day out of the water.
The Bulldogs welcomed each signee by face-timing them and holding what they called a “signing day draft.” With one of their “draft picks” the Bulldogs hit gold with Garrett Shrader, a 4-star quarterback out of Charlotte, North Carolina.
“A guy that can beat you with his arms, his legs, and his brain,” Moorhead said on Garrett’s behalf. “I think Garrett checks off all those boxes.”
Mississippi State picked up a total of four 4-star recruits including offensive lineman Charles Cross from Laurel, Mississippi. Moorhead make his mark on the metro-area as well by scooping up athlete Javeious Purvis from Pelahatchie, outside linebacker / defensive end De’Monte Russell from Provine, and corner back Jarrian Jones from Northwest Rankin.
Jones has been committed to the Bulldogs for two years but did entertain Oklahoma for a while. He said his relationship with Moorhead made him want to be a Bulldog.
“He’s like my best friend,” Jones said. “I can go to him about anything. He’s like my best friend and father figure all-in-one. He’s just someone you would want to play for.”
“I think he could play safety. He could play wide-out. He can do a bunch of things,” Moorhead said about Jones. “He can probably take my job if he wanted to. He has that kind of charisma.”
State has quickly earned the nickname of “DLU” thanks to Fletcher Cox, Jeffery Simmons and Montez Sweat just to name a few. And that’s what attracted Russell to the program.
“It’s a legacy,” Russell explained. “Keeping the train on the track and just holding it down for them while they’re in the league and we’re at state.”
Signing Day is all about making dreams a reality. In addition to Purvis’s dreams coming true, he also set a new standard for Pelahatchie by becoming the first Southeastern Conference player to come out the program.
“It feels good. It’s a big experience,” Purvis said. “Coming from a small school and nobody else has done this at this school, so it’s a good moment.”
At this time last year Moorhead was still the "new guy” in Starkville which made recruiting difficult, but he said this year he was able to be more efficient. MSU added 14 new Bulldogs today, eight from the state of Mississippi.