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Dispatch MSU Sports Blog 2012 signing day updates

 

Matt Stevens

 

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is again using his Twitter page to announce the signings as the athletic department gets the faxed letters-of-intent. Here's who the Bulldogs currently have in the fold.  

 

 

 

UPDATE - (12:45 p.m.): MSU has announced the signing of Georgia tight end Artimas Samuel for the 28th and final scholarship of the 2012 recruiting class.  

 

 

 

Artimas Samuel TE 6-2 212 Columbus, GA (Carver HS) 

 

Analysis: Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN.com . . . Rated as a top-50 prospect in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com . . . Helped lead Carver High School to a 12-2 record and a trip to the Class 2A Semifinals his senior season . . . Accounted for 356 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.  

 

 

 

UPDATE - (12:45 p.m.): Rivals.com has updated its team rankings and MSU is currently 30th overall and ninth in the Southeastern Conference. Scout.com has the Bulldogs at No. 20 and sixth in the league.  

 

Rivals.com rankings - http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/teamrank/2012/all/all 

 

Scout.com rankings - http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=9&c=14&yr=2012 

 

 

 

UPDATE - (11:15 a.m.): MSU just announced the signing of four-star linebacker Richie Brown from Long Beach. Mississippi State's recruiting class is now 27.  

 

 

 

Richie Brown LB 6-2 223 Long Beach, MS(Long Beach HS) 

 

Analysis: Named 2011 Parade All-American . . . A four-star recruit by Rivals.com and a highly ranked prospect by Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . Ranked inside the top 20 of his position nationally by all four recruiting services . . . Rated the No. 4 prospect in the state of Mississippi . . . Named to the Clarion Ledger's Dandy Dozen and Top-40 collegiate prospects list . . . Named the 5A Defensive Player of the Year following his senior season . . . Participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game . . . Credited with more than 200 tackles his senior season . . . Chose Mississippi State over Stanford, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss among others.  

 

 

 

UPDATE - (10:30 a.m.): MSU just announced the signing of three-star linebacker Beniquez Brown from Alabama. This means Mississippi State's recruiting class is now 26.  

 

 

 

Beniquez Brown LB 6-1 209 Florence, AL (Florence HS) 

 

Analysis: Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, 247Sports and ESPN . . . Scout.com ranked him as the 20th best OLB in the nation . . . Ranked the #11 prospect in the state of Alabama by ESPN and 247Sports . . . Rivals ranks him as the 17th best player in the state of Alabama . . . Standout athlete that played at running back and linebacker at Florence High School . . . Rushed for 2,375 yards and scored 37 touchdowns on the ground his senior season . . . Recorded 210 tackles his last two seasons at Florence HS at the linebacker position . . . Chose Mississippi State over Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, among other programs.  

 

 

 

9:30 a.m. UPDATE: Here's a list of the 2012 signing class as of now (including the five early enrollees):  

 

Denico Autry, DE, 6-5, 250, Albemarle, N.C. (Albemarle HS / East Mississippi CC) 

 

Quay Evans, DL, 6-3, 305, Morton, Miss. (Morton HS) 

 

Dylan Holley, OL, 6-3, 305, D'Iberville, Miss. (D'Iberville HS / Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) 

 

Charles Siddoway, OL, 6-6, 300, Eugene, Ore. (Sheldon HS / Butte College) 

 

Justin Senior, OL, 6-6, 280, Montreal, Quebec (Hargrave Military Academy) 

 

Nelson Adams DT 6-3 289 Brandon, Miss. (Brandon HS) 

 

Quadry Antoine S 5-9 211 Belle Chasse, LA (Belle Chasse HS) 

 

Devon Bell K 6-2 185 Vicksburg, MS (Warren Central HS) 

 

Torrey Bell DE 6-5 230 Kenner, LA (John Curtis Christian HS) 

 

Frederick Brown WR 6-0 175 Jackson, MS (Jim Hill HS) 

 

Ryan Brown DE 6-4 240 New Orleans, LA (Archbishop Shaw HS) 

 

Cole Carter OL 6-5 280 Caledonia, MS (Caledonia HS) 

 

Kivon Coman DB 5-11 185 Sheffield, AL (Florence HS) 

 

Devon Desper OL 6-3 300 Madison, MS (Madison Central HS) 

 

Deonte Evans RB 5-10 190 McComb, MS (McComb HS)  

 

Xavier Grindle RB 5-10 185 Columbia, MS (East Marion HS) 

 

Brandon Holloway WR 5-7 165 Tampa, FL (Alonso HS) 

 

Nick James DT 6-4 330 Long Beach, MS (Long Beach HS) 

 

A.J. Jefferson DE 6-2 245 Summit, MS (North Pike HS)  

 

Cedric Jiles CB 5-10 170 Clinton, MS (Clinton HS) 

 

Adarrius Perkins TE 6-1 207 Hattiesburg, MS (Forrest County AHS 

 

Will Redmond S 5-11 170 Memphis, TN (East HS) 

 

Nick Schuessler QB 6-4 190 Loganville, GA (Grayson HS) 

 

Gus Walley TE 6-3 224 Richton, MS (Greene County HS) 

 

Jordan Washington DT 6-0 270 Sugar Hill, GA (North Gwinnett HS) 

 

 

 

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Denico Autry, DE, 6-5, 250, Albemarle, N.C. (Albemarle HS / East Mississippi CC) 

 

 

 

Analysis: Standout defensive end for head coach Buddy Stephens at East Mississippi CC . . . Helped lead Lions to 12-0 record, state championship and NJCAA national title . . . Named 2011 NJCAA Football All-America First Team . . . Rated the #1 prospect on the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's Juco Top 25 most wanted prospects list . . . Posted 81 tackles with 13 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and a remarkable 41 quarterback hurries during the unblemished sophomore season . . . Also credited with four pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles . . . Selected as the Defensive Line MVP of the MACJC North Division . . . Credited with 141 total tackles during his two-year EMCC career . . . Posted 16.5 sacks and 24 other tackles for loss . . . Signed with Mississippi State in Dec. 2011 over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss, Southern California and Texas among others. 

 

 

 

Quay Evans, DL, 6-3, 305, Morton, Miss. (Morton HS) 

 

Analysis: Rated the top prospect in the state of Mississippi among all positions by various recruiting services . . . Rated among ESPNU 150 and UnderArmor 150 . . . Scout.com has listed him among their top three prep defensive linemen for two years . . . The #4 ranked defensive lineman nationally by Tom Lemming of MaxPreps, and 44th-best overall prospect . . . Mobile Press-Register ranked him #15 among 120 member Super Southeast states prospects, all positions . . . Helped lead Coach Miles Porter's 2011 team to an 8-4 record, 4-1 mark in Region 6 and Class 3A playoff appearance . . . As a senior was credited with 72 tackles with 4.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered . . . Was chosen for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game, but chose not to participate in the post-season event . . . The Jackson Clarion-Ledger ranked him first in their post-season Top Forty senior prospects list, as well as first-team All-State in all classifications . . . Also named the newspaper's pre-season Dandy Dozen prospects list . . . As a junior was credited with 80 tackles and eight sacks, as his team finished 9-4 and reached the 3A playoffs second round . . . Won the state powerlifting championship over the summer with a 635-pound deadlift . . . Named first-team All-State defense by the Mississippi Association of Coaches and second-team by the Clarion Ledger in 2009 following a 104 tackle sophomore season, with 14 sacks . . . Also named Class 3A Defensive Player of the by the MAC . . . Earned a place on the varsity defensive line as a freshman and posted 72 tackles with five sacks . . . Chose Mississippi State over Auburn, USC, Florida State, LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and a host of other programs. 

 

 

 

Dylan Holley, OL, 6-3, 305, D'Iberville, Miss. (D'Iberville HS / Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) 

 

Analysis: Highly touted offensive line prospect from the Mississippi Gulf Coast . . . Named a first-team All-American by the NJCAA . . . Rated among the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's Juco Top 25 most wanted prospects list . . . Played several positions for head coach Steve Campbell's Bulldogs . . . In 2011, helped MGCCC lead the nation in rushing . . . Saw time at defensive line, fullback and offensive line during his junior college career . . . Helped the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record and their fifth-consecutive MACJC South State title and state championship game . . . In his two seasons at MGCCC posted a 20-4 record and the 2010 MACJC title. 

 

 

 

Charles Siddoway, OL, 6-6, 300, Eugene, Ore. (Sheldon HS / Butte College) 

 

Analysis: Named first-team All-American following his sophomore season by the NJCAA . . . Also earned first team all-conference and all-region honors for his standout performance at Butte College . . . Played offensive tackle for head coach Jeff Jordan's Roadrunners. 

 

 

 

Justin Senior, OL, 6-6, 280, Montreal, Quebec (Hargrave Military Academy) 

 

Analysis: Versatile offensive lineman projected to help provide depth at multiple positions along the offensive front . . . Enrolled in January of 2012 after a post-graduate year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. . . . Played for head coach Troy Davis' Tigers. 

 

 

 

Nelson Adams DT 6-3 289, Brandon, Miss. (Brandon HS) 

 

Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . The 45th ranked player at his position by 247Sports . . . Ranked inside the Top-25 list of players in his state by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports . . . Named the 11th-best player in Mississippi by the Clarion Ledger . . . Led his team to the Class 6A North State semifinals . . . Recorded 81 tackles his senior season, including 18 behind the line of scrimmage . . . Also credited with six sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown . . . Chose Mississippi State over Ole Miss and others.  

 

 

 

Quadry Antoine S 5-9 211 Belle Chasse, LA (Belle Chasse HS) 

 

Analysis: A three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . Ranked the 24th-best safety prospect and the No. 12 overall player in the state of Louisiana by ESPN.com . . . Played both sides of the ball for Belle Chasse, leading his team to the first round of the Class 4A playoffs . . . Tallied 74 tackles (39 solo), including nine tackles for loss during his senior season . . . Recorded 22 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown), two sacks and one interception . . . Also ran for 159 yards and six touchdowns on 24 carries on offense . . . Chose Mississippi State over Arkansas and Southern Miss.  

 

 

 

DEVON BELL, 6-2, 185, K, VICKSBURG, MISS. (WARREN CENTRAL HS)  

 

Analysis: Rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com and ESPN.com . . . Named First-Team High School All-American by Sports Illustrated . . . Chosen First-Team All-State by the Clarion Ledger and Mississippi High School Coaches Association . . . Averaged 4.63 seconds of hang time on 49 punts his senior season, averaging 42.1 yards per punt with a long of 63 yards and 15 placing inside the 20-yard line . . . Had 28 of his 32 kickoffs reach the end zone for touchbacks and was perfect on all 18 of his point-after tries . . . Made four field goals, including a career-long 55 yarder through the uprights against Jim Hill . . . Participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game, where he connected on a 30-yard field goal . . . Also played third base for WCHS, where he hit .293 and had a perfect fielding percentage as a junior . . . Chose Mississippi State over Auburn, Ole Miss and Florida State.  

 

 

 

TORREY BELL, 6-5, 230, DE, KENNER, LA. (JOHN CURTIS CHRISTIAN HS)  

 

Analysis: A three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports . . . Rated the No. 33 overall player in the state of Louisiana by 247Sports... In the Class 2A State Championship Game, was credited with nine tackles and a sack . . . Accumulated 72 total tackles his senior season, including 21 behind the line of scrimmage . . . Of those 21, 16 of them were sacks, including one safety . . . Named to the Class 2A Defensive First Team by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association . . . Chose Mississippi State over Southern Miss, Auburn and LSU.  

 

 

 

FREDERICK BROWN, 6-0, 175, WR, JACKSON, MISS. (JIM HILL HS)  

 

Analysis: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . Ranked the No. 25 overall player in Mississippi by Rivals . . . Named a Top-40 collegiate prospect by the Clarion Ledger . . . Finished with 419 total receiving yards and five touchdowns on 23 catches his senior season . . . Also returned 20 kickoffs for 380 yards and carried the ball once for 19 yards . . . Made three tackles and picked off one pass on defense . . . Chose Mississippi State over Memphis and Ole Miss.  

 

 

 

RYAN BROWN, 6-4, 240, DE, NEW ORLEANS, LA. (ARCHBISHOP SHAW HS)  

 

Analysis: A three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . Rated the No. 79 defensive end in the country and the 24th overall player in the state of Louisiana by ESPN.com . . . Amassed 39 total tackles (8.5 TFL), 6.5 sacks and 22 quarterback hurries during his senior season, while also breaking up two passes and recovering a fumble . . . Chose Mississippi State over South Florida, Colorado and Pittsburgh.  

 

 

 

COLE CARTER, 6-5, 280, OL, CALEDONIA, MISS. (CALEDONIA HS)  

 

Analysis: A three-star recruit by Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports ...Rated the No. 72 offensive lineman in the nation by Scout . . . Rated the No. 19 overall player in the state of Mississippi by ESPN.com and 13th by the Clarion Ledger . . . Also named First-Team All-State by the Clarion Ledger . . . Placed on the Class 5A All-State First Team by the state coaches association . . . Played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game . . . Played guard his senior season and graded out at 88 percent . . . Also played tight end, where he caught three passes for 38 yards and a score . . . Played left tackle and tight end his junior season, as well as offense and defensive line his sophomore campaign . . . Chose Mississippi State over Alabama and Ole Miss. 

 

 

 

KIVON COMAN, 5-11, 185, DB, SHEFFIELD, ALA. (FLORENCE HS)  

 

Analysis: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports . . . The No. 82-rated athlete in the class of 2012 and No. 25 by Scout in the state of Alabama . . . Named to the All-State Second Team by Scout as well as honorable mention All-State and All-Area by the Alabama Sports Writers Association . . . Credited with two tackles in the 2011 Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game . . . Tallied 62 tackles, four interceptions, six pass breakups, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries his senior season . . . Chose Mississippi State over Tennessee and South Florida.  

 

 

 

DEVON DESPER, 6-3, 300, OL, MADISON, MISS. (MADISON CENTRAL HS)  

 

Analysis: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . The fourth-best center and 10th-best player in the state of Mississippi in the class of 2012 according to ESPN . . . Rated one of the top lineman prospects by Tom Lemming of Maxpreps . . . Started at center for the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando in January 2012 . . . Named to the All-State First Team by the state coaches association and Clarion Ledger ...Started at center in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game . . . Graded out a 92 percent blocker with a total of 126 pancake blocks, blocking for a rushing attack that averaged 330-plus yard on the ground per game . . . Made it to the 6A North State title game his senior season . . . Prior to his senior campaign, participated in the Army All-American combine . . . Also competed for the MCHS track team, where he threw discus . . . Chose Mississippi State over Ole Miss and Alabama.  

 

 

 

DEONTE EVANS, 5-10, 190, RB, MCCOMB, MISS. (MCCOMB HS)  

 

Analysis: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . Ranked the 11th-best prospect in Mississippi and No. 53 at his position nationally by Rivals.com . . . Named a Top-40 collegiate prospect by the Clarion Ledger . . . Earned Second-Team All-State honors as an all-purpose players by the Clarion Ledger, as well as Class 5A First-Team All-State recognition on defense as a senior . . . Played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game . . . Played running back, slot and split receiver, quarterback and inside and outside linebacker his senior campaign . . . Ran for 911 yards and 13 touchdowns on 156 carries (5.8 YPC), while catching 11 passes for 83 yards . . . Also tallied 58 total tackles with eight sacks, two recovered fumbles and a blocked field goal . . . Four of his eight sacks came in a late-season victory over West Jones that earned MHS a playoff spot . . . Rushed for 365 yards with a 7.5 yards-per-carry average his junior season, along with three receiving touchdowns . . . Also totaled 14 tackles and a sack . . . Ran 18 times for 147 yards and a score during his sophomore campaign, while also collecting 79 tackles and an interception . . . Played basketball for MHS as well . . . Chose State over Ole Miss, Memphis and Louisiana Tech. 

 

 

 

XAVIER GRINDLE, 5-10, 185, RB, COLUMBIA, MISS. (EAST MARION HS)  

 

Analysis: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . The 24th-best running back prospect in the country according to 247Sports . . . Ranked the No. 10 best player in Mississippi by Rivals . . . Rushed for 2,103 yards and 18 scores his senior season on 240 carries . . . Had seven catches for 176 yards and one touchdown . . . Also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass . . . As a kick/punt returner, had four kickoff returns for 240 yards and two touchdowns and two punt returns for touchdowns . . . On defense, had 22 tackles and seven interceptions... Was named a 2011 Dandy Dozen by the Clarion Ledger... Selected Mississippi State over LSU, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and others.  

 

 

 

BRANDON HOLLOWAY, 5-7, 165, WR, TAMPA, FLA. (ALONSO HS)  

 

Analysis: A three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . The 42nd rated athlete in the country according to Rivals.com . . . Named Third-Team All-State . . . Ran for 904 yards and 10 touchdowns on 134 carries his senior campaign, while also catching 19 passes for 304 yards and seven touchdowns . . . Starred on special teams as well, returning three kicks of 158 yards and a score . . . Tallied four tackles, two blocked punts and a fumble recovery on defense . . . Also had offers from Vanderbilt, Arizona State and Colorado State.  

 

 

 

NICK JAMES, 6-4, 330, DT, LONG BEACH, MISS. (LONG BEACH HS)  

 

Analysis: One of the top prospects in the Mississippi prep ranks . . . Rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . Ranked the No. 11 defensive tackle prospect in the country by 247 Sports, as well as the fourth-best player in the state of Mississippi . . . Named to the Dandy Dozen by the Clarion Ledger . . . Played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game . . . Totaled 62 tackles (seven for loss) and a sack his senior season . . . Made 33 tackles as a junior with three sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups . . . Attended the Orlando Under Armour spring combine prior to his junior season, as well as the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio . . . Participated in shot put and discus for the LBHS track & field squad . . . Chose Mississippi State over LSU, Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss and others.  

 

 

 

A.J. JEFFERSON, 6-2, 245, DE, SUMMIT, MISS. (NORTH PIKE HS)  

 

Analysis: A four-star recruit by 247Sports and a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com . . . Named to the Dandy Dozen by the Clarion Ledger . . . Rated the sixth-best player in the state by Rivals.com . . . Made over 400 tackles and sacked the quarterback 40 times his final three varsity seasons . . . Named All-State twice by the state coaches association . . . Earned First-Team All-State honors by the Clarion Ledger following his senior campaign, where he posted 110 tackles and 12 sacks, while also catching four balls for 81 yards at tight end . . . Played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game, where he totaled two tackles for loss, including a safety . . . Named the Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year by the M.A.C. his junior year as well as First-Team All-State . . . Recorded 144 tackles, 19 sacks, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two blocked field goals his junior season . . . As a sophomore, was credited with 148 tackles, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and a blocked field goal . . . Also played goalie for his school's varsity soccer squad . . . Chose Mississippi State over Ole Miss and Southern Miss.  

 

 

 

CEDRIC JILES, 5-10, 170, CB, CLINTON, MISS. (CLINTON HS)  

 

Analysis: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . Ranked the 16th-best player in Mississippi by 247 Sports . . . The No. 47 best corner prospect in the country according to Rivals.com . . . Earned First-Team All-State honors by the Clarion Ledger and state coaches association . . . Made four tackles in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game . . . Was credited with 27 tackles (one for loss), one interception, two forced fumbles, five pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown his senior season . . . On offense, caught four passes for 23 yards and ran 16 times for 88 yards, while also returning six punts for 72 yards on special teams . . . Totaled 25 tackles, five pass breakups, one interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery during his junior campaign . . . Participated in the Army All-American Combine in the summer of 2010, where he was clocked at 4.38 in the forty-yard dash . . . Tallied 33 tackles and two interceptions his sophomore campaign . . . Also ran track in high school, where he finished third in the state championship meet in the 100-meter dash his junior year . . . Chose Mississippi State over Southern Miss and Ole Miss.  

 

 

 

ADARRIUS PERKINS, 6-1, 207, TE, HATTIESBURG, MISS. (FORREST COUNTY AG HS)  

 

Analysis: Three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com . . . Rated the 12th best prospect in the state of Mississippi by Rivals.com . . . The 58th best athlete in the nation by Rivals.com . . . Led Coach Larry Dolan's team to the District title with a 5-0 record, and to the second round of the State 4A playoffs with a final 11-2 record . . . As a defensive back he had 44 total tackles, 21 of them solo stops, while intercepting one pass and breaking up three others . . . Rushed 31 times for 193 yards with six touchdowns and caught 22 passes for 475 yards and six more scores . . . As a junior he compiled 70 total tackles and intercepted five passes, returning one for a touchdown . . . On offense he caught 20 passes with two touchdowns, and he returned both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown . . . Named first-team All-State in Class AAAA as a kick returner by the Mississippi Association of Coaches . . . Selected by the state coaches for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game, working at both safety spots and rover linebacker . . . Multi-sport athlete in high school, playing basketball, baseball and running track . . . Chose Mississippi State over Southern Mississippi, Ole Miss and others.  

 

 

 

WILL REDMOND, 5-11, 170, S, MEMPHIS, TENN. (EAST HS)  

 

Analysis: Rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com . . . Rated the seventh best prospect in the state of Tennessee by 247Sports . . . The 21st ranked safety prospect by Rivals.com . . . Played on both sides of the ball for East High School . . . Totaled 1,355 yards passing, rushing and receiving his senior season, along with 18 total scores . . . On the defensive side, he totaled 51 tackles and four interceptions . . . Returned nine kickoffs his senior season for 318 yards and two touchdowns . . . Chose Mississippi State over Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and other programs.  

 

 

 

NICK SCHUESSLER, 6-4, 190, QB, LOGANVILLE, GA. (GRAYSON HS)  

 

Analysis: Received a three-star rating by 247Sports . . . Led Grayson to a perfect 15-0 record and Class 5A State Championship his senior season, where he threw for 1,853 yards and 20 touchdowns, while also rushing for 297 yards and 5 touchdowns . . . Chose Mississippi State over Middle Tennessee State and others.  

 

 

 

GUS WALLEY, 6-3, 224, TE, RICHTON, MISS.(GREENE COUNTY HS)  

 

Analysis: Received three-star rankings by ESPN.com and Rivals.com . . . Also notched No.41 in recruitment nationally by position by ESPN.com . . . Seated at 15th in the state as a general recruit by ESPN.com . . . Had 44 catches for 577 yards and three touchdowns . . . Retained two carries for 53 yards and one touchdown . . . Invited to the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic . . . Chose Mississippi State over Southern Mississippi, Louisiana-Lafayette and UAB.  

 

 

 

JORDAN WASHINGTON, 6-0, 270, DT, SUGAR HILL, GA. (NORTH GWINNETT HS)  

 

Analysis: Possesses three-star rankings by ESPN.com, 247Sports, Scout.com and Rivals.com . . . Obtained No.92 overall recruit in the state of Georgia by ESPN.com . . . Ranked No.59 nationally by position by Scout.com . . . Washington notched 33 tackles, 20 of which were solo, including 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss, 11 QB hurries, two fumble recoveries, three PBUs and one safety . . . Chose Mississippi State over Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ole Miss, Ohio State, and other programs. 

 

 

 

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