January 27, 2012 7:56:00 PM
Mississippi State University announced Friday morning that defensive end Denico Autry, defensive tackle Quay Evans, center Dylan Holley, offensive lineman Charles Siddoway and offensive lineman Justin Senior officially were enrolled into school this month allowing them to sign financial aid papers and making them eligible for spring practices beginning on March 22.
Evans, a four-star prospect from Morton High School, and Autry, who local fans are familiar with as a Junior College All-American defensive lineman from at East Mississippi Community College are the highlighted members of the five early enrollees as MSU tries to add to the defensive line depth for the 2012 season.
The Dispatch reported Autry's commitment a few weeks removed from winning a National Junior College National Championship at EMCC, defensive end Denico Autry gave his verbal commitment to the Bulldogs program on Dec. 13. The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog also had Evans' commitment in our publication on Dec. 2.
Official signing day for the rest of the football prospects for this class is Feb. 2 when commitments will first have the opportunity to sign a National Letter-of-Intent. The junior college transfers that enrolled today officially complete the 2011 signing class and will not be included as part of the spring signing period.Under NCAA rules, MSU coaches are unable to comment on a prospect until they either enroll early or signing day arrives.
MSU football early enrollees for 2012 spring semester
- Quay Evans, 6-3, 305, DL, Morton, Miss. (Morton HS): a 305-pound defensive tackle prospect, was rated the top prospect in the state of Mississippi among all positions by various recruiting services. Scout.com has listed him among their top three prep defensive linemen for two years after he was credited with 72 tackles with 4.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered in his senior season at Morton. Evans, who is likely to see some playing time early chose Mississippi State over Auburn, USC, Florida State, LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and a host of other programs.
- Denico Autry, 6-5, 250, DE, Albemarle, N.C. (Albemarle HS / East Mississippi CC): Autry, who will try to give MSU an instant pass rushing threat, led all Lion defensive linemen with 81 total tackles (54 solos and 27 assists), including a team-high 11 sacks and 13 other tackles for loss at EMCC. The Albemarle, N.C., native was also credited with 41 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles on the season.
- Dylan Holley, 6-3, 305, OL, D'Iberville, Miss. (D'Iberville HS / Mississippi Gulf Coast CC): A highly touted offensive line prospect from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, helped lead the nation in rushing and will instantly provide depth to a MSU offensive front looking for quality personnel after injuries forced constant shifting around players in the 2011 campaign.
- Charles Siddoway, 6-6, 300, OL, Eugene, Ore. (Sheldon HS / Butte College): Named first-team All-American following his sophomore season by the National Junior College Athletic Association and earned first team all-region honors for his standout performance at Butte College that has produced NFL Pro Bowl caliber quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In 2009 Siddoway transferred from the University of California to Butte College a year after Rivals.com dubbed him the top prospect in Oregon and No. 43 at his position nationally.
- Justin Senior, 6-6, 280, OL, Montreal, Quebec (Hargrave Military Academy): The 280-pound Senior is from Montreal but came to the Starkville campus in January from Hargrave Military Academy that also produced MSU starting basketball senior point guard Dee Bost.
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