By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – The more Dan Mullen looked at Nick Schuessler, the more he liked him.
Schuessler was the lone quarterback to sign with Mullen and Mississippi State on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., didn’t get an offer until Sunday, after taking an official visit to MSU.
Mullen said he’d been waiting to see if another QB that had been offered – Lafayette’s Jeremy Liggins – would make a commitment. Once he learned Liggins was going to LSU, Mullen turned to Schuessler.
“I always told Nick, I always err to the in-state guys first as a loyalty to the kids from Mississippi, and that’s why we went and gave one guy the first opportunity, and then we jumped all over Nick,” Mullen said. “It was actually funny, during that whole weekend when we were sitting there with Nick, I kind of came to the conclusion, I thought Nick was the better quarterback.
“Then it kind of came real heavy that he was the much better quarterback.”
Mullen said that in talking to people at Schuessler’s school, the quarterback was consistently described as “the ultimate winner.” Mullen compared him to Alex Smith, who Mullen coached at Utah and is now the starter for the San Francisco 49ers.
Schuessler was thrilled with how it all worked out.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said Wednesday. “I’ve been more than blessed to have an opportunity to play in the SEC and to try and make a name for myself.”
Long Beach linebacker Richie Brown came up with a creative way of announcing his decision Wednesday. During a ceremony at his school, Brown revealed his choice by having his infant nephew don an MSU onesie.
Brown said it was his idea to use 4-month-old Aidyn Kellum – his older brother’s son – in the announcement.
“I got offers from different studios like Fox and different organizations to go commit on TV, on national television. I respectfully declined them,” Brown said. “I just wanted to be with my family, and I was thinking of ways to make it fun for my school, my friends and my family, so I decided to include my family in announcing.”
Mullen doesn’t pay much mind to how recruiting sites rank signing classes, but those rankings suggest this is his strongest group yet.
According to Scout.com, State has the 20th-best class in the country. 247sports.com ranks it 25th, while Rivals.com has it as 30th. Its highest ranking among SEC teams – including newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M – also comes from Scout, which has it eighth.