California's Top Juco QB Commits to MSU

Josh Riddell (6-1, 195, 4.7), selected 1st team All-State quarterback and the Player of the Year for Northern California, has committed to Mississippi State after visiting there this weekend.

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"I committed to Mississippi State. I told (MSU head) coach (Sylvester) Croom today," said Josh, who will sign in December and enroll January 5th. "I liked everything. It was real fun. They showed me a good time. They are just really nice people."

While the trip sold him on MSU, two other reasons in MSU's favor was that fact that it's a D1 school that plays in the SEC.

"As long as I have been playing football I have dreamed of playing D1," said Josh, who has played in the west coast offense the past two seasons. "Growing up on the west coast everyone follows the Pac-10, but everyone still recognizes the SEC is one of the top conferences."

Even though his talent is obvious (see his 2006 video below), playing in the west coast offense will give Josh a hugh advantage going into the spring, although he knows there will be a learning curve.

"I am sure there are some adjustments I will need to make," said Josh, referring to the west coast offense that MSU plays. "I am sure some of the terminology is different, the names of the plays and things like that."

But don't look for those things to hold him back.

"I am coming in this January ready to work my butt off to learn everything and get the terminology down," stated Josh. "I am coming in looking to compete for some playing time and I am going to work hard for it."

Just like he did at Foothill College.

During his two-year career at Foothill College, Josh threw for 5,333 yards and 54 touchdowns in Foothill's basic west coast offensive scheme. His sophomore honors include being named 1st team All-State quarterback and Player of the Year for Northern California. He was also named the offensive MVP of the Silicon Valley Bowl and finished second in the state of California junior college ranks with 303 yards passing per game during the just completed season.

Check out Josh in action in this 2006 season video:

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