Joey Trapp loved his weekend visit to Mississippi State but before he made any kind of commitment the Wilmington (Calif.) Los Angeles Harbor C.C. offensive tackle wanted to make sure that coach Dan Mullen intends to stay in Starkville.
Trapp got that reassurance throughout his visit and so he pledged to the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound prospect plans to be at Mississippi State on Jan. 3.
"I got a good vibe from the school and I really like the coaches and players so I felt like it was a good fit for me," Trapp said.
"That was real important (about Mullen). The first thing I talked to him about was that. I told him I didn't really want to come to a program where they weren't sure about their coaches and he said not to worry about that. He assured me he was staying. That played a big part."
Mullen's name has been linked to multiple jobs in recent weeks including Miami and Florida but he told Trapp that he doesn't plan to leave Mississippi State.
The Gators hired Will Muschamp on Saturday night. Miami is still searching for its coach but Mullen is probably out of contention.
"He said he likes Starkville and that he's been to Florida before," Trapp said.
"He said he's been there and I kind of felt like he's settled in Mississippi and he has a lot of things building up and if he just left he would leave some things unfinished."
Arkansas State, Western Michigan, Memphis, Eastern Kentucky and UMass were other schools involved with Trapp, who was at Mississippi State this weekend with commits Dak Prescott and Nick Redmond.
Now Trapp can be included on the Bulldogs' commitment list and he has only a few weeks at home until he's headed back to Starkville to start classes and prepare for spring practice.
"I was pretty anxious because recruiting is hectic, it gets really hectic," Trapp said. "I was more relieved but I'll be more relieved when I move in on the third of January. I'll be there in a couple weeks."