Recruiting battles: MSU vs. Alabama 

October, 23, 2012
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Alabama and Mississippi State are separated by less than 100 miles, creating a rivalry that dates to 1896. From its inception it’s been a one-sided affair, and it hasn’t been much different on the recruiting trail, especially since Nick Saban arrived.

[+] EnlargeChad Bumphis
AP Photo/Rogelio V. SolisChad Bumphis signed with Mississippi State over Alabama in 2009.
This year, MSU head coach Dan Mullen is trying to change that with a win over the Crimson Tide on Saturday. Not only would that keep the Bulldogs’ undefeated season intact, it would pay huge dividends in recruiting as well.

Before ESPN 150 defensive tackle Quay Evans chose Mississippi State over Alabama last year, it had been three years since the Bulldogs won a true recruiting battle over its border rival. It came during Mullen’s first week as head coach.

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