Steve Robertson - Welcome back Bulldog fans, as we continue our discussion of your 2016 verbal commitments for your signing class.
As we prepare for fall camp, I wanted to give you some insights about (the commitments). One of my favorite players in the class is a guy who I have been a fan of for a few years, Trey Brown from Ackerman, Mississippi, now Choctaw County High School. As some of you older Bulldog fans remember, Connor Stephens also played there.
Trey is a big-time player, a big-time player from a small town. Obviously, that is kind of the pedigree of Mississippi State. If you go back and look at some of the better players it has been those guys tucked away in those under-recruited areas. Trey is now at Co-Lin (Community College).
I had him as a top-five player in the state when the initial rankings came out and he was a senior in high school. And I still hold him in very high regard. He is a guy who has only gotten bigger and better after a year at Co-Lin with (Co-Lin Head Coach) Glenn Davis. He is very, very long for a defensive tackle prospect.
When you think about what is going to happen over the course of the next few months there is a very, very good chance that Chris Jones will declare for the NFL draft. You had better prepare for that with your numbers, You have to have a guy come in as that stop gap guy, that can come in and contribute and play (immediately) while the younger guys like Cory Thomas, Braxton Hoyett, Fletcher Adams and the other guys develop. They will also need that older guy in the meeting room to help lead and direct and also be able to take some of those snaps on the field.
Trey is a guy who I expect to come in and compete for that starting position from day one. He will be here in January and be able to go through spring practice. And I think that David Turner will be able to get a lot out of him. He will come in from day one and probably be number 1 on the depth chart. That is no disrespect to anyone else but it is more about him and his ability as a defensive tackle.
He is a guy with great length for a guy who plays on the inside. A lot of guys have that square body type but he is a guy who has a good wingspan and will be able to get his hands up in passing windows. He will also be able to use that wingspan to shed blocks and get people off of him.
He is a player that I am extremely excited about. And I don't think there is a commitment in this class who is more needed than Trey Brown. So don't worry about rankings and things like that. He is a guy that certainly fits the needs of the Mississippi State football program.