MSU’s job 1: Raise the talent level

STARKVILLE – There is something about being a member of the Southeastern Conference that curbs one’s enthusiasm.
After a banner National Signing Day on Wednesday, Mississippi State fans have every right to be thrilled about what new coach Dan Mullen and his staff accomplished on the recruiting trail.

Their 2009 class has drawn rave reviews and is ranked 18th in the nation by Scout.com and 23rd by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com.
Change is in the air, and this signing class proves it. Right?
Well, here’s a sobering fact: MSU’s class ranks anywhere from seventh to 10th in the SEC. Say what you will about recruiting rankings, but if nothing else, they’re the football equivalent of economic indicators. Really good programs tend to pull in highly ranked signing classes.

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2/8/09