On Saturday afternoon, Mississippi State received its 16th commitment for its 2018 recruiting class when 3-star cornerback LaDarrius Bishop revealed his decision to join the Bulldogs.
While that announcement is certainly cause for celebration amongst the fan base, it also comes with an interesting footnote. Bishop, who is from Ashdown, Ark., became the first player from the state of Arkansas to commit to Mississippi State since 2007 and the first for Dan Mullen.
La'Darrius Bishop is the first Arkansas HS commitment for MSU under Dan Mullen. First for State since Jamie Jones and Ethan Stockett (2007)
— Steve Robertson (@ScoutSteveR) July 15, 2017
There are far too many high school prospects across the country for any one college football program to recruit successfully in every state. Instead, schools often seek to develop a network within their immediate region. As Arkansas is an immediate neighbor to Mississippi, it’s surprising that the Bulldogs have landed only one commitment from the state since 2007.