Mississippi State’s makeover on the defensive side of the ball continues under the leadership of new coordinator Zach Arnett as the 3-3-5 defense requires a number of versatile athletes on the field at the same time to be most efficiently run.

Taking a look at Mississippi State’s 2021 recruiting board and you’ll see the list features several prospects that could line up all over the defensive backfield in Arnett’s system but the search for added reinforcements continues heading into training camp as the Bulldogs have secured commitment No. 15 of the 2021 recruiting cycle on Friday.

Interestingly, Mississippi State found its new pledge in Oxford as Lafayette High School prospect Brendan Toles has announced his commitment to the Bulldogs heading into the weekend.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Oxford native is rated as a three-star prospect, the No. 156 cornerback in the nation and the No. 26 recruit from the state of Mississippi in the 2021 recruiting cycle according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.

During his junior season at Lafayette High School, Toles registered 52 tackles, nine pass breakups and one interception. He also had eight catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns for Lafayette’s offense.

To see what the Bulldogs are getting from the Oxford native, check out his junior season highlight reel below.

Mississippi State’s 2021 Recruiting Class

Player
Rank/Position
Stars
State
Sawyer Robertson
#9 pro-style QB
4-star
Texas
Theodore Knox
#41 receiver
4-star
Texas
Malik Nabers
#45 receiver
4-star
Louisiana
Brandon Buckhaulter
#81 receiver
3-star
Mississippi
Cortez Eatmon
#4 JUCO cornerback
3-star
Mississippi
Navonteque Strong
#1 JUCO inside LB
3-star
Mississippi
Makylan Pounders
#49 offensive tackle
3-star
Mississippi
Daniel Greek
#34 pro-style QB
3-star
Texas
Timar Rogers
#64 outside linebacker
3-star
Florida
Myzel Williams
#84 safety
3-star
Florida
Amariyon Howard
#76 running back
3-star
Mississippi
Corey Ellington
#103 receiver
3-star
Mississippi
Brendan Toles
#156 cornerback
3-star
Mississippi
Tre’von Marshall
Unranked defensive end
NA
Georgia
Gabe Cavazos
Unranked lineman
NA
Mississippi