Penn State Football

Reports: Penn State assistant Charles Huff following Joe Moorhead to Mississippi State

Joe Moorhead — former Penn State offensive coordinator and new Mississippi State head coach — told reporters Thursday that he wouldn’t pursue Nittany Lion recruits.

But coaches? Well, in an effort to fill out his first FBS staff, that’s a different story.

Charles Huff, Penn State’s running backs coach and special teams coordinator, is set to join Moorhead’s staff in Starkville, according to multiple reports. The Athletic’s Chris Vannini first reported the news.

Huff will be Mississippi State’s co-offensive coordinator, running backs coach and assistant head coach. But Moorhead said in his Thursday press conference that he will still call the plays.

Huff — who coached with James Franklin for a year at Vanderbilt before joining the Penn State staff in 2014 — also has experience with the Buffalo Bills, Maryland, Western Michigan, Tennessee State and Hampton.

In his time at Penn State, Huff mentored Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley, guided an improved special teams unit and was a ferocious recruiter, most notably securing the commitment of Ricky Slade — the No. 2 running back in the class of 2018.

Franklin now has to fill at least three coaching positions with the departures of Moorhead and Huff and a new 10th assistant. The latter can be brought on staff on Jan. 9, 2018.

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