The quarterback room in Starkville is getting smaller as the season progresses.

After moving Garrett Sharder to receiver/tight end, the former Mississippi State signal-caller lasted only a few weeks in Mike Leach’s offense before announcing his decision to leave the Bulldog program in search of an opportunity to play quarterback.

Now it appears Mississippi State will be losing yet another quarterback as Paul Jones of 247Sports is reporting that sophomore Jalen Mayden plans to leave Leach’s program and enter the NCAA transfer portal.

During Leach’s most recent media availability on Monday, he was asked if Mayden was a factor in Mississippi State’s current competition to start with K.J. Costello struggling and Will Rogers having just arrived this offseason.

“Right now it’s a battle between K.J. and Will,” Leach answered.

Now a day later, Mayden is on his way out in Starkville.

Rated as a four-star passer in the 2018 recruiting cycle, Mayden is one of the highest-rated passers to ever sign with the Mississippi State program. Mayden was rated as the No. 16 dual-threat passer in the nation for the 2018 recruiting cycle.

During his high school career at Sachse High School in Texas, Mayden threw for 7,515 yards and 86 touchdowns with 1,961 rushing yards and another 28 scores on the ground.

Mayden only appeared in three games for the Bulldogs during his three seasons with the program, all of which came during the 2018 season.

Jalen’s brother Jared Mayden played cornerback at Alabama.