Bulldogs In the Mix for Talented Tight End

Dan Mullen has built the Mississippi State football program by recruiting with an inside out philosophy. The Bulldogs recruit their home state hard and then look to fill in gaps in the Magnolia State talent pool with talented out of staters. With a rise to #1 last season, Mississippi State has seen their recruiting footprint grow considerably.

Over the course of the last several weeks, reports have surfaced of new Bulldog scholarship offers for the 2016 class all over the continental United States. With recent offers as far a way as California and Hawaii, it is clear the Bulldogs have more of a national appeal.

One of the top players in the New England area, Jacob Morgenstern of St. Luke's in New Caanan, Connecticut, picked up an offer from the Bulldogs just over two weeks ago. So how does a player from Connecticut get on the Mississippi State recruiting radar?

"Well, I actually followed one of their coaches on Twitter first," explained Morgenstern. "He followed me back and then we started messaging. I sent him my highlight film. He told me that they were going to watch it.

"A few days later, he messaged me and told me to call him. I called and they offered me a scholarship."

With a new offer from Harvard on Thursday, Morgenstern is up to 14 college options with talk of more on the way. The chance to play in the Southeastern Conference is intriguing to the talented tight end.

"The SEC is literally the best of the best," Morgenstern said. "I would love to play against that level of competition. Mississippi State was one of the top teams in the country last year too. They were number one in the nation for a few weeks and that really got my attention. I reached out to them and now I have an offer from them. I am excited about it."

The 6-4, 215 pounder has been somewhat limited in his spring travels due to other obligations, but he plans to get out and about once the spring semester has concluded.

"It is hard for me to travel right now, because I am playing baseball," Morgenstern said. "I am going to get with my parents and we are going to get out and visit some schools this summer. I am not sure when or which schools we are going to see yet, but we are going to get all of that set up pretty soon."

Morgenstern plans to take a business like approach to his recruitment and not make any rash decisions about favorites or potential commitments.

"I am just trying to take my time with everything. It's still early in the process," Morgenstern said. "I am not trying to cut anybody real early. I want to see what everybody has to offer and I still have a lot to learn about each of the schools.

"Education is a big part of things, but I have to be sure how much scholarship money I get. I am not sure how much I will need to go to one of these Ivy league schools, so that is something I have to think about too.

"I just want to take my time and see what offer I get and then see where I fit in best academically and athletically. I don't want to make any crazy decisions, so I am just going to let the process play out some."


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