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August 16, 2018 7:12:20 AM
Every day from 99 days out (May 25) until kickoff, I'll put up a post telling you how many days until kickoff and breaking down something about the upcoming season related to that number.
Today, since we are 16 days away from kickoff, we take a look at: MSU has 16 guys committed in its 2019 class. So what is left to be accomplished?
First, a quick list of the commits.
DLs Nathan Pickering, Charles Moore, Ani Izuchukwu, De'Monte Russell and Jack Harris
S Jarrian Jones and Javeious Purvis
QB Garrett Shrader
CB Gregory Brooks Jr., DJ James and Martin Emerson Jr.
OL Brandon Cunningham, Darius Washington and Montravious Richardson
WR Quinton Torbor, Kyziah Pruitt
When you see that list, there are two immediate glaring takeaways. First, the Moorhead staff has done a great job of addressing veteran-heavy position groups in the secondary and on both side of the line of scrimmage. Also, with the high quality defensive linemen they're bringing in, it's entirely they can take it easy on defensive linemen in 2020. You can never take a class off at that position in this conference, but they also probably won't have to sign four or more in 2020.
Now, it desperately needs a running back. Since the La'damian Webb thing fell through in the 2018 class, MSU currently has four scholarship running backs and two of them are seniors. MSU really needed a running back in that '18 class and now it absolutely has to have one in '19. There is an in-state option in LaKenith Thompson (Callaway), but outside of him, MSU will either have to go with the late blitz on an under-recruited prospect or find a junior college option. In any event, running back will still be a need in the 2020 class.
One final note on that running back position: MSU could change positions to address this need, as safety Marcus Murphy and commit Jarrian Jones both could play running back if asked and probably do so pretty competently.
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