By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
It was a short, whirlwind recruiting process for Nick Schuessler, but it’s ended well.
The quarterback prospect from Loganville, Ga., received an offer from Mississippi State over the weekend and made a verbal commitment Monday. Next step: Show everyone else what they missed out on.
Schuessler’s only two other offers were from Colorado State and Middle Tennessee State, and he committed to CSU last week as he waited to see if MSU head coach Dan Mullen would make a move. Schuessler also drew interest from Arkansas.
He expressed hope last week than an offer would come when Mullen and offensive coordinator Les Koenning visited on Thursday. It didn’t come until Sunday during Schuessler’s official visit to MSU, and he was more than happy to accept.
“I just tried to really encourage him not to lose heart,” said Schuessler’s high school coach, Mickey Conn. “You’ve got all these guys writing this about this guy and then this guy, and here’s a guy that all he’s done is win. … It’s been really bizarre to me.”
Last season the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Schuessler led Grayson High School to the state title in Georgia’s largest classification, AAAAA. He passed for 1,753 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Schuessler was 25-3 as a starter, and Conn said that ability to win is the biggest among the QB’s many assets.
“He’s got great leadership ability,” Conn said. “He’s got a really strong arm, great feet, good athletic ability, and a good mind to go with it.”
Schuessler’s recruiting really picked up the past three weeks, mainly because MSU has been needing a third scholarship quarterback ever since Dylan Favre transferred to Pearl River Community College last month.
Junior Tyler Russell is the presumptive starter next season, and he’s backed up by redshirt freshman Dak Prescott.
The forest factor
State looked in several directions, including Lafayette’s Jeremy Liggins – who committed to LSU on Monday night – and Amory’s Forest Williams. The latter was the 2011 Daily Journal Offensive Player of the Year as he passed for 5,100 yards and 55 touchdowns.
He was being looked at by MSU as a preferred walk-on.
Mullen visited Williams on Friday, then Williams took an official visit to MSU. If he doesn’t choose the Bulldogs, he has an offer from Delta State or he could go the junior college route.
Mullen told Williams it would be fine for him to make a decision after Wednesday, which is national signing day.
“It’s weird. A decision is going to have to come down pretty soon on what you’re going to do about the next four or five years of your life,” Williams said. “It’s a difficult decision.”
Brandon Speck (Monroe Journal) contributed to this story.