On Wednesday morning, Mississippi State target Joseph Bulovas ended his recruitment by committing to Alabama. Bulovas, a long time friend of Tucker Day, took an official to Mississippi State two weeks ago. The talented tandem discussed the idea of playing together in Starkville, but those plans changed in a major way when Bulovas announced for the Crimson Tide.
"I was really kind of bummed when I first found out," Day said of the news. "At the same time, Alabama is the team he has been cheering for his entire life. They are pretty much his dream school, so I understand why he's going there. It would have been good to play together, but we both have to make the best decisions for ourselves.
"We're great friends and we're going to be training together a lot this summer."
Shortly after news of Bulovas' commitment made the rounds, Day had a conversation with Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. The ninth year head coach spoke with Day about the possibility of handling the field goal duties this fall in Starkville.
"I talked with Coach Mullen and he told me that I have a chance to come in and kick this fall," Day said. "He told me that I will have to come in and earn the job, but that if I work hard that I could be the field kicker this season as a true freshman.
"It's crazy, that I have gone from having to wait for a scholarship to possibly being the starter as a true freshman. It's exciting and it makes me want to work that much harder."
While Day was selected to the U.S. Army All-American game as a punter, he was quite accomplished in all kicking disciplines at Brentwood High School in Tennessee.
"I hear these people who say I am just a punter and I am not sure where that comes from," Day said. "I can put the ball out the end zone from the 35 on kick-offs, I can punt and I have made some 70 yarders before. I always wanted to be a kicker/punter combo guy and I will get the chance to do that my sophomore year after Logan Cooke graduates.
"With Westin Graves leaving the team, I have a chance to go in this year and help the team and that's what I am going to be working hard to do."
As a high school senior, Day connected on 11 of 15 field goals with a long of 50 and converted 46 of 51 PATs.
Mississippi State is still mining the territory for talented football players to close out the 2017 signing class. The Bulldogs have 13 members of that class already signed and on campus attending classes. Day is one of seven players set to sign with the Bulldogs next week on National Signing Day. That number is expected to grow on February 1st as many remaining targets plan to make their declarations on signing day.