Mississippi State has announced a four-year contract extension with head football coach Joe Moorhead. The deal will keep Moorhead in Starkville through at least the 2022 season.
Coming off of a debut season of 8-5 this deal is good for Mississippi State because of the success of Moorhead’s first season and the direction it looks like he’s taking the program. He did lose starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald after last season, but he has already gotten graduate transfer quarterback from Penn State Tommy Stevens to transfer in and he signed four-star quarterback Garrett Shrader in last years recruiting cycle, so it looks like a plan is in place going forward at quarterback.
Moorhead and his staff will have their hands full this upcoming season trying to replace some of the studs on defense they had last season that lead their defense to being the second-best scoring defense in the nation, but Moorhead did sign four four-star defensive recruits in this past recruiting cycle, so it looks like he and his staff are going to continue to try and build top-notch defenses in Starkville.
On top of that they were able to pull in a top-25 class last recruiting cycle, which is no small feat at Mississippi State. That has traditionally been one of the harder schools to recruit to in the SEC and while Dan Mullen deserves a ton of credit for laying a very strong foundation there, Moorhead is clearly taking advantage of that foundation that was built and is trying to build a consistent winner.
For next years class the Bulldogs currently sit at 16th in the country and 5th in the SEC and just yesterday picked up a commitment from four-star running back Jo’Quavious Marks. They will likely not finish at fifth in the SEC once the cycle is over, but it’s a good start for this staff to get off to and if they continue to win games, which I think they can do this year with Tommy Stevens, the recruiting classes will have no reason to not stay stable.
If they are able to keep signing good recruiting classes it will then come down to player development and Moorhead’s ability to develop players is something we will still have to wait and see on because that’s something that’s hard to judge after someone has only been the head coach somewhere for one season, but so far he is off the a good start and for Mississippi State to be able to show that they have a coach committed is a big-deal after their last coach left for a school in conference.
About the deal, Mississippi State AD John Cohen had the following to say: “He (Joe Moorhead) is a man of integrity, loyalty and humility. His love for his players and our program is evident. He is driven by elevating our program to a championship standard on and off the field. We look forward to watching the continued growth of our football program under his watch.”
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