Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen confirmed Thursday that redshirt freshman defensive end Trent Simpson intends to transfer in order to pursue playing baseball.
According to the Anniston Star, Simpson is headed to Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College.
The 6-foot-4, 277-pounder from Oxford, Ala., redshirted in 2013 and went through spring practices. But a back injury sustained over the summer led to his decision to switch sports and schools.
Simpson was a two-sport standout at Oxford High School where he recorded 49 tackles, 18.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks and forced and recovered a fumble prior to tearing his ACL as a senior. He was invited to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic but was unable to participate due to the injury.
The former two-star football prospect signed with the Bulldogs in 2013 over offers from Arkansas State, Idaho State and Jacksonville State.
Simpson helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a state baseball championship as a junior and earned Class 6A All-State honors as a senior on the diamond.
He is transferring to a baseball program that produced MSU shortstop signee John Holland last spring.
Simpson’s older brother, Tucker, pitched at the University of Florida and was drafted in the 39th round out of Chipola (Fla.) Junior College by the Baltimore Orioles in May. The elder Simpson chose to remain at the college level and will be part of the pitching staff at Troy this year.