Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen
After hanging around with top-ranked Alabama for the better part of four quarters in a 20-7 loss Saturday night, Mississippi State earned a victory in defeat by snagging two big-time 2015 recruits, according to John Talty of the Clarion Ledger.
Big news: Missisisppi State just landed commitments from two top class of 2015 prospects Tim Washington and T.D. Moton.— John Talty (@JTalty) November 17, 2013
Washington, a defensive end listed at 6'3", 200 pounds, brings a versatile body to the front seven while Moton, a defensive tackle listed at 6'4", 310 pounds, adds a powerful space-eater in the middle.
While some teams can get away with smaller defensive lines in other conferences, games in the SEC are typically won in the trenches, and if the close loss to the Crimson Tide is any indication, the Bulldogs really aren't too far off.
While the new commits won't be able to aid a defense allowing 26.5 points per game for a couple years, the recruiting victory should bring optimism and legitimacy to a program often lost in the shuffle of perennial conference powers.
He's growing into his own ,but he can do a lot of things. He loves to hit, loves to tackle and loves to mix it up. He's not contact shy; he comes 100 miles per hour at you all game.
Perhaps the most important aspect of Moton's commitment is that he hails from Shreveport, LA, and had a variety of offers, including ones from Georgia, Florida State and LSU.
That Mullen was able to sway Washington to commit at the same time is simply icing on the cake, as defensive tackles like Moton don't grow on trees and they often separate good defenses from great ones.
The Bulldogs travel to Arkansas on Nov. 23rd before hosting Ole Miss on Nov. 28th to close out the season. A pair of wins would make them bowl-eligible.