Mississippi State’s 2017 recruiting class is gaining momentum heading into signing day thanks to Colorado native Noah Elliss. The big defensive lineman pledged to the Bulldogs after taking an official visit to Starkville over the weekend.

Elliss took to Twitter to officially announce the news:

While only rated as a three-star prospect, the 6-foot-4, 330-pound Elliss is a highly-regarded recruit in the 2017 class. Elliss commits to MSU despite holding scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, and Washington, among many others. 247Sports Composite ranks Elliss as the nation’s No. 23 defensive tackle prospect.

Elliss told Paul Jones of 247Sports his desire to line up next to Jeffrey Simmons on Mississippi State’s defensive line played a large role in his decision to commit to the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State now has nine commitments heading into signing day, joining the 13 early enrollees already on campus, with the potential to add a few more elite recruits such as Starkville’s Willie Gay and Morton’s D.D. Bowie. MSU’s class currently ranks No. 26 nationally and No. 9 in the SEC, according to 247Sports’ team rankings.

Catch a glimpse of the player Todd Grantham’s defense could be getting in Elliss via his high school highlight reel: