Mississippi State has been on fire on the recruiting trail as they landed their 18th commitment for the 2015 class in three-star defensive end Keith Joseph Jr (Pascagoula, Miss. Pascagoula) who committed to Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs on Friday.
Joseph is the son of former Mississippi State defender Keith Joseph Sr. who for the Bulldogs from 1989 until 1992. The three-star defensive end is the nation’s No. 1,028 player overall regardless of position, the No. 44 weak-side defensive end and the No. 23 player in the Magnolia State, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
The 6-3, 220-pound defensive end legacy picked Mississippi State over offers from Arizona State, Duke, Nebraska, Louisville and Cincinnati. Joseph had 67 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 5 sacks as a junior in 2013.
“I just believe that deciding to commit to MSU would be the best thing for me knowing that my dad played there,” Joseph Jr. told Saturday Down South shortly after making the decision official. Also knowing that I’m the 18th player to commit to MSU and the 10th from Mississippi is great. I believe MSU is on the come up and I am ready to be a part of the success. The way last year finished goes to show how close they are to being a SEC championship team.”
With the commitment of Joseph, Mississippi State now owns the nation’s No. 11 class and the No. 7 class in the SEC according to the 247Sports team rankings.
Mississippi State has commitments from eight of the top 23 recruits in the state as they make an effort to keep the state’s top talent away from Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss Rebels as well as the other SEC programs.