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Dan Mullen defends recruiting class, talks decommitments

Coming off a 9-4 season, Dan Mullen seemed defensive yesterday of his recruiting class that finished 10th (SEC) / 42nd (Nationally) by Rivals and 11th (SEC) / 43rd (Nationally) by Scout.

Mullen explained, “I can tell you how this class will pan out in a couple of years but in our last three classes. We signed 53 players, 47 are still contributing to our football team, one is playing professional baseball with the Reds and one just recently resigned with us after completing his work in junior college. That percentage shows we are finding the players that fit our program and they’re sticking with us and continuing to develop for the future. That to me is how you evaluate a recruiting class.”

A number of players that verbally committed to Mississippi State signed with Ole Miss (3), Auburn, and Vandy.

Mullen said, “A decommitment in my mind and in the media’s mind is different. A commitment in my mind is someone that is always going to come to Mississippi State and if you are visiting other schools then that means you are not committed in my opinion. I really don’t think I had any decommitments in my opinion. That is how I view recruiting but we’re not allowed to talk about it so that is all up to you guys interpretation. If a player is afraid of competition, I don’t want them to come here and we are simply looking for guys that want to come in and work hard, offer a special talent and earn their spot on this team. That is what it takes to win and there is no shortcut to the top of the mountain.”

The 2011 non-conference schedule for Mississippi State includes at Memphis, LA Tech, at UAB, and UT-Martin.