Zach Arnett has 'stood out' amongst all new coaches on the recruiting trail, per ESPN analyst
Zach Arnett has been identified as one of the most impressive new coaches since the Early Signing Period.
Arnett, who took over Mississippi State back in December following the death of Mike Leach, has significantly added to the Bulldogs’ program since taking over as head coach.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Tom Luginbill made the case that Arnett has been the country’s most effective new coach from the Early Signing Period to National Signing Day. Here’s Luginbill’s analysis:
Not only did Arnett have to lead the program through the death of coach Mike Leach on Dec. 12, but he also had to prepare a team for a bowl game and was named coach of the Bulldogs on Dec. 14, one week prior to the early signing period. All he did was secure the No. 26 class with 25 total signees, 12 of whom are early enrolled. Seven additions have also come through the portal in January.
Even if the Bulldogs don’t sign any players Wednesday, Arnett has been remarkable. Keep in mind, Arnett and his staff did this with the vast majority of the class not knowing who would or would not be on the coaching staff for 2023.
Mississippi State enters Wednesday’s National Signing Day with the No. 26-ranked recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports Composite rankings.
In the transfer market, the Bulldogs already have commitments from 8 transfers — including multiple who could turn into starters in 2023.
Louisville coach Jeff Brohm and Colorado coach Deion Sanders were also mentioned as new coaches who have stood out since the Early Signing Period.