On From Here

Cameron Newton announced his intentions of signing with Auburn earlier this evening. While the final announcement came as a disappointment to most Bulldog fans, it was a surprise to few as the news leaked out earlier today rendering the official proclamation anticlimactic. With the ink still drying on Newton's national letter of intent, Mississippi State will now look elsewhere for a QB for 2010.

The sales pitch for recruiters from opposing schools in the spring was that Cameron Newton was headed to Starkville, so a rising high school quarterback might find an easier path to the starting job at another locale.

While it might not have played a major factor in the decision of eventual Vanderbilt commitment Nash Nance, it probably did little to help State's wooing of Memphis All-Stater Barry Brunetti.

Rumors have circulated for months that Brunetti may not be completely sold on signing with West Virginia. The coming days and weeks will provide the Mississippi State coaching staff their chance to see how much substance there is to those rumors.

The Bulldogs have continued to recruit Brunetti as if he were an uncommitted prospect, making in person visits multiple times during the month of December.

Barry has kept a low profile since the season started focusing his efforts on a second straight championship at Memphis University School.

It is hard to say if MSU can convince Barry to re-open his recruitment in earnest, but with Newton now officially off the board I am certain they will try.

The state of Mississippi has not produced a large number of SEC quarterbacks over the past several years, but the 2009 signing class was perhaps the most talented group of signal callers in decades from the Magnolia State.

Perhaps the top quarterback for the 2010 signing class in the state of Mississippi is record breaker Dylan Favre. Favre has held the Bulldogs in high regard ever since he attended the Big Dawg camp this summer.

I believe an offer to Favre could come in short order and I expect Dylan to accept that offer shortly after he receives it.

Another Gulf Coast quarterback getting attention from State is Ocean Springs' standout Sam Noblin. At one time it appeared the staff might pull the trigger on an offer for Sam, but things appeared to cool as the winds of change blew in with the fall.

Noblin has recently seen an increase in attention from the University of Kansas where ironically former MSU assistant Carl Torbush has now set up operation.

Torbush also coached Sam's father, Jeff Noblin, at Ole Miss during his playing days.

The Bulldogs have told several prospects this year that they planned to sign two quarterbacks in the class since they only return two scholarship quarterbacks in the fall. (Tyler Russell and Chris Relf).

With the progress of walk-on Daniel Stegall, taking two quarterbacks in this class may not be the priority it once was.

California JuCo pace setter Kevin Vye has a tentative visit set up for next weekend. That visit may or may not come to pass, but he was perhaps the most delighted person outside of Auburn, Alabama with Cameron Newton's decision.

The decision to take a junior college quarterback is an important one now, but college recruiters generally offer two years players who have the chance to come in and start right away.

It is not clear at this point if there are many prospects out there that fit that criteria.

If State should elect to pass on a junior college player, the issue of taking two high school developmental quarterbacks is paramount.

Would the Bulldogs be better off spending that second quarterback offer on another position of need and banking that roster spot for two new QBs for the class of 2011 when the talented pool appears to much deeper?

The next five weeks will determine that and as Cameron Newton and his father have proven the recruiting process is going to be anything but predictable.

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