The Bulldogs picked up their 26th commitment to the 2012 football signing class on Monday.
The 6-foot-4 quarterback from Loganville, Ga. is a pro-style quarterback that chose Mississippi State following his visit to campus over the weekend.
“It has been my dream to play in the SEC since I was little,” Schuessler told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “God opened a door for me, so I am taking it and running with it. I’m just chasing a dream.”
Schuessler is a welcome addition to the class for Dan Mullen as the Bulldogs were looking to add a quality quarterback to the depth chart next fall.
He selected Mississippi State over offers from Middle Tennessee State and Colorado State.
Sidney set to leave?
Sunday the Sporting News ran a story citing sources within SportsNet New York (SNY.tv) indicating Renardo Sidney will not return for his senior season with Mississippi State. Saying he could opt to either transfer or pursue opportunities in the professional ranks.
However, the Bulldogs’ head coach Rick Stansbury was a bit curious about the report.
“I don’t know where all those reports come from…just another one of those reports,” said Stansbury on the weekly SEC teleconference. “No discussion at all. We haven’t talked one bit about his future plans. We’re just trying to get through the season.”
Sidney has improved in recent outings and for the season is averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. The 6-foot-9 forward was the catalyst in the road win at Vanderbilt 10 days ago.
Back to the diamond
Mississippi State opened its spring practice sessions on the baseball diamond this weekend and as expected the Bulldog hurlers stole the show. After pitching a collective shutout on Friday the pitching staff held the offense in check allowing just eight runs on Saturday and Sunday combined.
“We were letting them throw 20 pitch innings,” said head coach John Cohen. “When you know you’re going to get one inning to pitch and that’s going to be it for a week … that’s a pretty comforting feeling in terms of giving it your best shot.”
At the plate Wes Rea and Adam Frazier had productive weekends. Rea, playing first base for the Bulldogs, had two hits and collected two of the three RBIs plated on Saturday, while Frazier had a 3-for-3 afternoon on Sunday.
The Bulldogs will continue spring practice this week with schedule scrimmages on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – Sunday. Times have yet to be determined but typically begin around 2:30 p.m.
League leading Moultrie
Arnett Moultrie continues to be the star for the No. 22 Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The do-it-all forward is fighting for the top spot in many of the individual categories in the Southeastern Conference rankings. He leads the league in rebounding with 11.3 rebounds (both offensive and defensive), he stands second in field goal percentage with a 55.6 percent mark, he is second in minutes played with 34.2 minutes, and is fourth in scoring with 16.8 points per game.