Montez Sweat originally signed with Michigan State out of Stone Mountain, Georgia as a member of the 2014 signing class. Following the spring practices of 2016, the redshirt sophomore elected to leave East Lansing, Michigan for Wesson, Mississippi and Co-Lin.
"He has done everything we have asked of him since he has been here," Co-Lin head football coach Glenn Davis said following Monday's practice. "He has come in here and has fit in. He has worked hard and talked a lot with the younger guys. He's done what you expect an older guy to do."
Mississippi State has made the transition from the 4-3 defensive alignment to the 3-4 scheme this year. The Viper position is a new term in the Mississippi State lexicon. Sweat has the length to play defensive end and the foot speed to get out and cover. It appears that Sweat may be tailor made for that spot in Bulldog defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon's defense.
"He will do a little bit of both for us," Coach Davis said. "I feel like he can handle both spots pretty well. He's real athletic. He has a lot of range and he can run. He has great length and he makes plays. We're real excited about having him here. If he plays as good as he looks, then he's going to be in good shape."
The 6-6, 250 pounder had the chance to work under the direction of Mississippi State defensive line coach Brian Baker during the annual Big Dawg camp back in July. Since that time, the two have continued to build a relationship that appears to be headed towards a player/coach situation come January.
Projected as a January graduate, Sweat is in line to enroll alongside fellow Co-Lin standouts Tommy Champion, Jaquarius Landrews and defensive line mate Deion Pope. The Bulldogs are still recruiting a few other players who will share a locker room with Sweat this season.
The Wolfpack will kickoff the season this Thursday night when they host Mississippi Delta Community College. Co-Lin enters the season with a #7 national ranking and is considered a national championship contender.
Sweat was highly recruited out of high school collecting over two dozen scholarship offers including one from Mississippi State. Coach Dan Mullen and his staff have 22 current commitments towards the 2017 signing class including several including Sweat who should be able to enroll in January and go through spring practice in 2017.