Despite losing a hard-fought game to Alabama on Saturday night, Mississippi State received some big news on the recruiting front. Two ESPN Junior 300 members, defensive tackle T.D. Moton (Baton Rouge, La./Woodlawn) and linebacker Tim Washington (Yazoo City, Miss./Yazoo City), committed to the Bulldogs according to several media reports.
Moton, No. 27 in the ESPN Junior 300, chose Mississippi State over offers from LSU, FSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, Arkansas and many others.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Moton is the No. 6 defensive tackle in the 2015 class and No. 2 in the state of Louisiana next year.
With proper coaching, Moton has a chance to be an anchor on the Mississippi State defensive line over the next several years.
“[He’s] an excellent run stopper and physical presence in the trenches,” his ESPN scouting report reads. "Demonstrates dominating upper body playing strength on the interior. Flashes an excellent burst to disrupt considering his size. Possesses massive bulk to hold his base and anchor. Shows good vision to find the ball carrier. Redirects well in tight spaces. A strong, square-up tackler.”
As for Washington, at 6-4, 210 pounds, he could play a variety of positions in this Bulldog defense.
“[He’s an] active hybrid type. Demonstrates excellent playing strength along with good short-area burst along with acceleration and range,” his scouting report reads. "Reads and reacts well and is a quick decision maker. Flashes a sudden first step to penetrate. A violent open field hitter that will launch himself at the ball carrier.”
The Bulldogs have put together a solid 2014 recruiting class and the way their 2015 class is starting out, Mississippi State could have a special year on the recruiting front.