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Bulldogs expect to address needs with 2012 class

February 1, 2012

National Signing Day is finally here.

Mississippi State and its fans alike have waited for this day since the season came to an end in Nashville, Tenn.

If things go as expected, the Bulldogs will bring in a class that addresses needs and adds to the already talented roster. 

The Bulldogs enter today with 26 commitments, but expect to finish the day with 28 total signees for the 2012 signing class.  

State expects to add Long Beach linebacker Richie Brown and Florence, Ala. athlete Beniquez Brown to their already impressive list.  

If the day plays out as expected, the Bulldogs will sign five of the 12 members of the Clarion Ledger’s Dandy Dozen and will have addressed key needs in the process. 

Like most college programs, Mississippi State set out on the 2012 recruiting trail in order to add talent to their roster and more importantly plug some holes in its lineup left by graduation and the NFL draft. 

The Bulldogs needed to address depth along the line of scrimmage with the graduation of James Carmon, Addison Lawrence, and Quinton Saulsberry on the offensive front and Fletcher Cox’s departure to the NFL draft along the defensive front. 

At this point, MSU has eight commitments along the defensive line, with Denico Autry, Nick James, and Quay Evans all possessing the ability to come in and contribute from their first day on campus. Given the fact that Autry and Evans are early enrollees, they will certainly help immediately. 

On the offensive side, the Bulldogs are expected to add five offensive linemen, two of which are junior college products who are already on campus. Dylan Holley and Charles Siddoway will be expected to fill gaps along the line of scrimmage right away. If there is a key to next season for MSU, it would likely be involving the productivity of these two junior college transfers. 

The most recent addition to the commitment list, Nick Schuessler, is also a key component to the 2012 class. Given the fact the Bulldogs are down to just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster after the graduation of Chris Relf and the transfer of Dylan Favre, the Bulldogs desperately needed to add a signal caller to this class. 

Schuessler is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound pro-style quarterback from Loganville, Ga. He selected Mississippi State over offers from Middle Tennessee State and Colorado State University. While he may not provide the help State needed for the spring, he will certainly get his opportunity in the fall to compete with Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott. 

The fax machine will start rolling early today with the Mississippi State coaches standing eagerly by and if all goes according to plan, the aforementioned players will be a part of a group of 28 signees that will officially be a part of the 2012 Mississippi State football signing class by days end. 

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