Trad Beatty had several invitations to take in college camps this summer, but the 6-4, 215 pound signal caller reports that a trip to Mississippi State has been in the works for some time.
"I came here, because I love the school and I love the coaches," Beatty said. "Mississippi State being my first offer meant a lot to me. I enjoyed coming out there and working with Coach (Bret) Elliot and I'm just trying to figure out this process."
The Saturday camping session was the second time that Beatty has been on the Mississippi State campus in recent weeks. The Ben Lippen School product was able to take in the sights and sounds of Mississippi State as the Bulldogs wrapped up spring practice.
"I have been here one time before. I came for the spring game this year," Beatty said. "I got to see the spring game and see the stadium and the facilities over there. This is my first time seeing these facilities (Seal Complex).
"I got to see a baseball game where I was here before, so I got to experience that atmosphere as well."
While Beatty may have had his eye on the NCAA baseball tournament as a fan of college baseball, the focus on Saturday was on football and working under the direction of Bulldog quarterback boss, Bret Elliot.
"I like it a a lot. He's a great coach and he's very active," Beatty said, "He's very involved with coaching the quarterbacks. He's an up tempo coach and I like that.
"We talked about fundamentals and some throwing motion stuff. We talked about my footwork and then just worked through drills."
In addition to the practice paces supervised by Elliot, Beatty was able to put his talent on display for Coach Dan Mullen. The rising senior reports that he believes he gave the Bulldogs' head man a solid showing.
"It's just like any other throwing session," Beatty said. "Having Coach Mullen watching me is truly an honor. I enjoyed being able to throw for him. It was fun I enjoyed that."
Over a dozen schools have offered scholarships, so Beatty has some things to consider. It appears that the weekend in Starkville has helped the Bulldogs' standing, but the final pecking order is still being established.
"Obviously with them being my first offer, they stand really strong in my book," Beatty shared. "I like them a lot, but I am just going to continue this process. We'll just see where it goes.I have sixteen offers. It ranges from Temple to Appalachian State, Western Kentucky, a lot of Ivy League schools and some other mid-majors. It's broad group of schools."
Beatty is a two sport athlete on the high school level. While many prospects consider playing multiple sports once they reach college, Beatty is looking towards a football only future. That said, the talented quarterback has not ruled out playing baseball and football down the road.
"I have thought about all of that a little bit," Beatty said. "Playing both would be great, but playing football is my main sport. I have had the chance to do both, then I would do my best to take advantage of it."
Mississippi State enters the fall with just two scholarship quarterbacks, returning stater Nick Fitzgerald and January enrollee Keytaon Thompson. The Bulldogs recently accepted the verbal commitment of scout.com 2018 four star Jalen Mayden. If the Bulldogs elect to make 2018 a two quarterback class, then Beatty is expected to be a serious candidate for that scholarship slot.