A visit from newly-hired Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead left a strong impression with East Central senior tight end Brad Cumbest.
The former Penn State offensive coordinator visited Cumbest, who verbally committed to MSU in June, at his house Sunday night.
“I’m even more committed now,” Cumbest said. “I feel confident in what he has going for the program.
“It went good. I like him a lot.”
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MSU hired Moorhead on Nov. 28 following the departure of Dan Mullen, who is now the head coach at Florida.
Moorhead built an impressive offense at Penn State, helping turn quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Saquon Barkley into Heisman Trophy candidates.
Prior to Sunday night’s visit, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Cumbest did his homework on Moorhead’s offensive scheme at Penn State.
Cumbest liked what he saw.
“He likes to use his tight ends a lot,” he said.
Penn State senior tight end Mike Gesicki leads the Nittany Lions in catches (51) and touchdown receptions (9) headed into the team’s Fiesta Bowl match-up with Washington.
Cumbest had an outstanding senior season for East Central, helping lead the Hornets to a Class 4A South State championship. He caught 33 passes for 716 yards and nine touchdowns.
Mullen’s exit created a great deal of anxiety for the athletic tight end last week.
“I was just stressed out about it and didn’t know what to do,” Cumbest said. “I didn’t know what would happen.”
Accompanied by running backs coach Charles Huff and director of high school relations Brad Peterson on his Sunday visit, Moorhead appears to have alleviated those concerns.
“He made me feel really comfortable,” Cumbest said. “He’s a real down to earth dude.”
Cumbest said that he hasn’t heard from many other programs following his commitment to MSU, but Alabama associate head coach Burton Burns did reach out to him during East Central’s playoff run.
Cumbest was leaning toward signing in December, but was leaving his options open.
“I’m trying to take some time. Stuff happens,” Cumbest said.