Posted by Bryan Fischer
Head coach Dan Mullen has turned around the Mississippi State program and might have landed his biggest recruiting coup since arriving in Starkvile - literally and figuratively - after Morton (Miss.) defensive tackle Quay Evans committed to the program Thursday.
"I am committing to State and I am done with recruiting," Evans told Scout. "I have been thinking about it for a while and I just feel the most comfortable there.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Evans is the 4th-ranked defensive tackle according to Maxpreps. The four-star player is also ranked 44th overall in the class of 2012 and held scholarship offers from just about every school in the SEC and from across the country. Staying close to home and playing for a program on the rise were to factors in Evans decision to pick the Bulldogs however.
"I know they are bringing in the best players in Mississippi and I want to be a part of that," he. "There are some other highly rated players that are going to be coming too now that I have committed.
Evans' commitment gives Mississippi State 22 commitments in their current class a little over two months away from Signing Day. This season he's racked up 72 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
"Quay shows super strength at the point of attack and surprises people with his speed, quickness and body control," analyst Tom Lemming says of Evans. "Exceptionally aggressive, he plays the game with pride, a great attitude, and with a chip on his shoulder. He hates to be beaten and if he is, it's never repeated. He works hard to improve his game and has the confidence and cockiness enough to want to be the best DT in the country and right now he ranks among the nation's top ten."