Mississippi State is not expected to take a quarterback in the 2016 signing class, but the Bulldogs already have one for 2017

2017 four star signal caller Keyaton Thompson picked up early offers from several programs, but earlier this evening the talented Thompson picked Mississippi State. The New Orleans product reports that he simply had a different feel about the Bulldogs.

"I just feel real comfortable with the offense they run at Mississippi State and I had a good impression of all of the coaches," Thompson said. "I had the chance to see the campus when I went up there for the camp this summer. That's when they offered me the scholarship and I just have had a good feeling about them ever since then."

Thompson's area recruiter is Bulldog running back Greg Knox. Knox as well as quarterback coach Brian Johnson have built a solid rapport with the four star signal caller.

"I really have a great relationship with Coach Knox, Coach Johnson and Coach Mullen," Thompson said. "I like all of them and they're great coaches. Coach Mullen coached Cam Newton, Tim Tebow and all of those other guys, so I feel like he can do for me what he did for them."

One of those "other guys" is senior Dak Prescott who also hails from Louisiana. Thompson believes the two have more in common than their home state.

"Dak is from Louisiana like me and we're both big, strong guys," Thompson said. "We do a lot of the same things. I feel like the offense is a good fit for me just like it was for him."

With the Bulldogs not expected to take a quarterback in the 2016 class, Thompson's pledge for the 2017 recruiting cycle comes right on time for Bulldog fans who are already excited about next year's in state crop.

"I am going to be doing my best to help recruit some of the best players around the state," Thompson said. "I just want to help the coaches as much as I can. I am going to be doing what I can to help them get the best players that we can in order to make the team better."

Thompson collected offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Florida, LSU, Miami and Texas Tech among others. In the end, the Bulldogs and their ability develop quarterbacks turned the tide.

"I am excited about my decision." Thompson said. "I just feel like this is the right decision for me. I like all of the coaches and I believe that I can go up there and do some big things."

Thompson is rated a four star, ranked as the 24th quarterback nationally and considered the 8th best quarterback in the southeast by Scout.com. The Landry-Walker product's commitment to the Bulldogs is the fifth pledge for the 2017 Mississippi State signing class.

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