Nick Tiano has been waiting his turn. Patiently.
The talented signal caller from Chattanooga has watched Vanderbilt and Tennessee go in other directions. Almost like a late-round NFL Draft Pick, he felt in his gut he’d get picked, it was just a matter of when.
Well, late Thursday he and Mississippi State ‘came to terms’, in a college sort of way. Tiano is the Bulldogs’ second QB commitment along with dual-threat QB Chason Virgil. It had been expected that the Bulldogs would take two QBs this year. Tiano is more of a pro-style QB at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds.
“It’s always tough to predict (QB ratings); you never know what kind of mind and heart a player has,” Tiano told Saturday Down South recently. “That’s why five-star players end up nowhere sometimes and two-star guys like Jordan Matthews from Vandy go in the first round (of the NFL Draft) … (Being rated a low three-star prospect) motivates me every day, to prove everyone wrong a few years from now. I’m not sure how the ratings work, because guys without offers are ahead of me, but I don’t pay much attention to that other than that it adds fuel to my fire.”
Along with Tiano, the Bulldogs also added DB Maurice Smitherman, who once looked like he may end up with Florida State and DE Kendell Jones. Both are three-star prospects and bumps the Bulldogs’ class up to 16 members, good enough for a very impressive No. 8 overall national ranking.
NOTE: All references to rankings are to the 247Sports.com composite rating for individuals and teams.