Departing Frosh Open More Space For Signees

Success has made Mississippi State an attractive proposition to top football prospects. Besides what these annual upgrades in team talent imply for the on-field program, it also increases pressures on new players to find their places. Not surprisingly a few struggle to fit in fast, as have two members of the 2012 freshman class.

February signees Adarrius Perkins of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Nick Schuessler of Loganville, Ga., have informed the Bulldog coaching staff they will leave Mississippi State. Both Perkins, a tight end recruit, and quarterback Schuessler were in town for June but won't return when the second summer semester opens on July 5.

According to a source with the Mississippi State football program, they will both be given their releases.

The Bulldog coaches did reportedly try to convince these young men —Perkins is 18 and Schuessler reaches that age until next month—to stick with their signing, but they were each intent on leaving. In both cases plain old homesickness was given as the main issue.

Perkins was listed as a tight end on signing day. Realistically his ultimate position was to be determined because the 6-1, 207-pounder was a dominating defensive back at Forrest County AHS with good offensive numbers running and receiving as well. He typified the sort of all-around athlete Mississippi State likes to splice into recruiting classes made up otherwise of players signed for more specific roles.

Schuessler is a quarterback pure and simple, and a state champion at Grayson HS in Class 5A. His skill-set leaned more towards a running offense though he did throw for over 1800 yards with 20 touchdowns. Schuessler was one of the last players offered by State this past recruiting season, primarily for immediate practice depth as there are only two other scholarship quarterbacks on the 2012 roster in starter Tyler Russell and redshirt Dak Prescott.

Fortunately Mississippi State has attracted another prep triggerman to campus already in walk-on Jamil Golden of Memphis' Ridgeway High School. In fact Golden was recruited by State over the winter and while he opted not to sign papers in February he found his way to town on his own accord this summer. So along with former walk-on Sam Cowart, the #3 man in spring, there are quarterbacks here to run varsity and scout teams in August.

Also, Mississippi State has a recent commitment from Bradenton, Fla., quarterback Cord Sandberg, a 6-3, 210-pounder.

Sandberg's decision, coming two weeks before Schuessler opted to leave, gives the Bulldog staff eleven announced commitments for the 2013 recruiting class. This early summer blitz of commitments had the signing day roster growing very close to the estimated 16 which Mississippi State would have been capped at, for the overall 85 scholarship limit. In fact the names were adding up faster than anyone foresaw thanks to successful weeks of campus prospect camps where prospects found what they wanted in a program worth playing for.

Now that two scholarship freshmen, as well as redshirted freshman offensive lineman Nick Redmond, are stepping aside, there are at least two more openings for Mullen to recruit with.

Most Mississippi State staff are enjoying vacation weeks here at the junction of June and July, before the unofficial but very real beginning of the new football season. Coach Dan Mullen will have his turn at SEC Media Days on July 18, and appear in Jackson the following night at the Central Mississippi Extravaganza; before wrapping up the summer prospects work with the annual Big Dawg Camp.

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