Alabama transfer Tyrell Shavers is the perfect addition for Mississippi State football

Mississippi State Bulldogs. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Mississippi State Bulldogs. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Tyrell Shavers will fit in nicely at Mississippi State.

Wide receiver Tyrell Shavers is switching SEC West allegiances this upcoming season.

The former Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver tweeted on Monday night of his plans to transfer to play for Mike Leach with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Shavers rarely played for the Crimson Tide the last two years, as he will use his final two seasons of college eligibility to help bring Mississippi State back to national relevance. This is such an underrated pickup for the Bulldogs.

Buried on an absolutely ridiculous Alabama receiving depth chart, Shavers will have his opportunity to become a star at a place like Mississippi State. Not only does he get out of a crowded receiving room, but he gets to play in a pass-heavy offense with possibly a first-round quarterback slinging him the pigskin.

Tyrell Shavers can become a superstar at Mississippi State in the Air Raid.

Leach brings his patented Air Raid offense to Starkville. If you have doubts about it working in the SEC, how familiar are you with Tim Couch playing for Hal Mumme at Kentucky two decades ago? If it worked for Mississippi State’s cross-divisional rival over 20 years ago, modern advances to it will certainly work now. Also, K.J. Costello could be 21st century Coach in this Air Raid offense.

Like Shavers, Costello is a Power 5 graduate transfer, eligible to play right away. Costello was a two-time captain for the Pac-12’s Stanford Cardinal.

By transferring to Mississippi State, he hopes he can benefit from the Air Raid like Luke Falk, Gardner Minshew and Anthony Gordon did before him. The only difference is he could be a first-round talent and has the potential to be the best Mississippi State quarterback since Dak Prescott. Sorry to all the Nick Fitzgerald truthers.

We know Costello is expected to do great things in his one year at Mississippi State. But with two years of eligibility left, here is why Shavers is destined for greatness in Starkville. 247Sports gave him a four-star rating in the 2017 recruiting class. He was the No. 11 player from Texas, the No. 12 wide receiver in the country and the No. 88 player in the nation.

What people tend to forget about the Air Raid offense is it is typically used to make up for inefficiencies perceived lesser schools can’t compete with. Whether it is the size of the offensive line, the arm strength of the quarterback, the route tree of a receiver or the ability to recruit to a school, the Air Raid has been the greatest equalizer in college football for the last several years.

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While Leach has thrived working in the most remote outpost in his conference in his last two head-coaching jobs, Mississippi has a lot of blue-chip talent in-state per capita. Not only that, but he’s recruited top high school players like Costello and now Shavers to come play for him in Starkville. Think of the Air Raid now being on steroids, as the SEC’s Arizona Cardinals.

Shavers is 6-foot-6 and 216 pounds. He is a massive receiving target Costello will look to early and often in the newfound Mississippi State passing game. In one series, Shavers will have put up better numbers for the Bulldogs than he did in his three years at Alabama. His hard work will pay off in dividends for Mississippi. Add in Kylin Hill running the ball, and this offense could be electric.

Though Mississippi State may be a 7-5 or 8-4 team at best this year, the Bulldogs will be an utterly fascinating team for so many reasons. Yes, you have The Pirate calling the shots in his new remote outpost in the SEC, but you also have a first-round talent at quarterback and potentially one at wide receiver in two years if everything comes up Milhouse for Mississippi State.

By adding Shavers, Mississippi State becomes another offense we can’t wait to see play this fall.

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