Diaz Talks Bulldog Recruiting

With basically a month left until national signing day, newly hired Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is working hard to get up to speed on the Bulldogs' recruiting efforts. In just over a week's time, many of the 2015 verbal pledges will be in Starkville for their official visits. Diaz wants to do his part to sell the big Maroon picture.

Diaz will need to be a quick study. The current crop of Bulldogs to be tally at 26 with a few other players targeted for February inking. Joining a staff and a recruiting process that is already well under way provides a unique set of challenges for the veteran coach.

"The first thing that you have to do is make up for lost time," explained Diaz. "There will be some quick relationship building. We have a couple of big weekends coming up, where we get the chance to sit down in front of our targets and their families and make sure they understand the reason they chose this school in the first place.

"We want them to know that hasn't changed and that all of the things they wanted out of Mississippi State are still going to be here.

"We want the parents to know that they're going to have people where who are going to look out for the best interests of their sons."

With so few spots remaining in the 2015 signing class, the main focus of Diaz and his recruiting efforts will be to help maintain what is already in place and look to close out the class with a few other targets of need.

"A lot of that framework is already in place by the staff that has been recruiting the whole time," Diaz said of the class. "You are always looking to make sure that you have the best class that you can find. You're always aware that there could be attrition in different ways.

"The first thing is that we know that we have a good group committed. We want to stay after those guys and ensure that we have the best class possible to help us win football games."

The Mississippi State 2015 recruiting class is currently ranked 15th nationally by scout, which gives the Bulldogs the 6th ranked class in the Southeastern Conference.

The Bulldogs are set to host two big recruiting weekends beginning on January 16th and 23rd when the bulk of the projected signees will be on campus to learn more about their college futures in Starkville. They will be joined by the remaining available targets that sit atop the Bulldogs' wish list.

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