Courtesy of Mississippi State Athletics
STARKVILLE, Miss. â€“ Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen made a priority of recruiting the best players in the state of Mississippi, and for the second consecutive class, the Bulldogs have shown their focus on in-state talent. Mississippi State signed 26 players in its 2010 class, including 18 from the Mississippi ranks. Last season State inked 27, with 19 coming from within state borders.
â€œWe wanted to put together a class of champions that will take pride in representing the entire state of Mississippi,â€ Mullen said. â€œIâ€™m proud of the work our staff has done in bringing in the best from around the state and adding great talent to our team from both inside and outside of Mississippi.â€
The class includes six members of the Jackson Clarion-Ledgerâ€™s Dandy Dozen, a listing of the 12 best players in the state of Mississippi, and four members of the Clarion-Ledgerâ€™s Ten Most Wanted, a list of the most highly recruited prospects in the state.
Mississippi Stateâ€™s 2009 class includes five of the Rivals.com top 10 in Mississippi and nine of the Scout.com top 20 prospects in state.
Among the players that signed NCAA National Letters of Intent on Wednesday are Michael Carr of West Point, Kaleb Eulls of Yazoo City, Robert Johnson of Hattiesburg, Nick Griffin of New Augusta, Damien Robinson of Olive Branch and Matthew Wells of Monticello. All six of those players were listed among the top 10 prospects in the state.
Mississippi State also signed the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive year, inking Dylan Favre of Bay St. Louis. Favre is also the second-consecutive Parade All-American quarterback signed by head coach Dan Mullen.
2010 MISSISSIPPI STATE FOOTBALL SIGNEES
NAME POS. HT. WT. HOMETOWN PREVIOUS SCHOOL
Vick Ballard RB 5-11 210 Pascagoula, Miss. Miss. Gulf Coast CC
Ferlando Bohanna LB 6-0 230 Memphis, Tenn. Whitehaven
James Carmon DL 6-7 360 Baltimore, Md. Miss. Gulf Coast CC
Michael Carr ATH 6-1 195 West Point, Miss. West Point
Blaine Clausell OL 6-7 310 Mobile, Ala. Baker
Paul Crawford DL 6-8 235 Lewisville, Texas Hebron
Dillon Day OL 6-4 260 West Monroe, La. West Monroe
Kaleb Eulls DL 6-4 255 Yazoo City, Miss. Yazoo County
Dylan Favre QB 5-11 190 Bay St. Louis, Miss. St. Stanislaus
Nick Griffin RB 5-11 195 New Augusta, Miss. Perry Central
Corvell Harrison-Gay LB/DE 6-3 220 Laurel, Miss. Northeast Jones
Brandon Hill ATH 6-2 210 Crawford, Miss. West Lowndes
Christian Holmes DB 6-2 235 Puckett, Miss. Puckett
Jeff Howie OL/DL 6-4 330 Medina, Pa. Itawamba CC
Chris Hughes DB 6-0 215 Mobile, Ala. Davidson
Jay Hughes ATH 5-11 175 Hattiesburg, Miss. Oak Grove
Malcolm Johnson WR 6-2 205 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Northridge
Robert Johnson WR 6-0 195 Hattiesburg, Miss. Oak Grove
Eric Lawson OL 6-6 320 Olive Branch, Miss. Olive Branch
Jeremy Lee ATH 5-10 170 Utica, Miss. Hinds AHS
Jameon Lewis ATH 5-9 175 Tylertown, Miss. Tylertown
Jamerson Love DB 5-11 175 Aberdeen, Miss. Aberdeen
Archie Muniz OL 6-5 255 Houston, Texas Cypress Creek
Damien Robinson OL 6-8 330 Olive Branch, Miss. Olive Branch
Curtis Virges DL 6-3 290 West Point, Miss. West Point
Matthew Wells ATH 6-0 190 Monticello, Miss. Lawrence County