The Louisiana Ragin Cajuns gained a large weapon in the passing game for the 2016 season with Mississippi State transfer and former Dutchtown High School wide receiver Shelby Christy making the move to Lafayette this fall.
Christy, a former three-star wide receiver from Louisiana with offers from Nebraska, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Mississippi, TCU, Vanderbilt, and others, will be forced to sit out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Christy has the ability to apply for a hardship and play immediately but the likelihood is very small for that appeal.
The 6-3, 210 pound receiver was part of the 2013 recruiting class and was ranked the #31 player in the state of Louisiana while also the #87 wide receiver prospect in the nation. While a Louisiana native, Christy chose to go out of state and sign with the Mississippi Sate Bulldogs following his outstanding high school career.
Christy was redshirted by Mississippi State during the during his freshman season in the fall of 2013 with expectations that a year of learning the offense would allow him to come in and play as a redshirt freshman. He was expected to compete for playing time at wide receiver with the Bulldogs in 2014 but saw those dreams fall to the wayside with an ACL injury heading into the season.
The Ragin' Cajun coaching staff is very excited to have a wide receiver of his size to throw out in the 2016 season. Fifth year senior Jamal Robinson currently holds that role for the Ragin' Cajuns but exhausts his eligibility at the end of the 2015 season.
The biggest question mark for Christy is not his ability but the lack of game experience as he has not played in a competitive game since his senior season at Dutchtown High School in nearby Geismar, Louisiana. Christy caught 39 passes for 663 yards and five touchdowns during his senior season of high school after catching 25 passes for seven touchdowns and 400 yards as a junior.
The wide receiver will have two years of eligibility left beginning in the 2016 season.