2010 Signing Class Notebook

The 2010 signing class is now in the books. What started with the junior days of February and March, ended with the official visits of January. Countless telephone calls, letters and hours of watching video tapes narrowed the pool of hundreds to a final list of 26. With the evaluation process beginning for the class of 2011, we take one final look back at the class of 2010.

Coach Dan Mullen said from day one that his staff would recruit the home state of Mississippi extremely hard. In his first full signing class, Mullen followed through on the promise by inking 16 Mississippi High Schoolers plus three prospects form the Mississippi Junior College ranks.

Of those 16 home state prepsters 12 of them were named All-State, the highest total of any in state University.

Michael Carr, Kaleb Eulls, Dylan Favre, Nick Griffin, Jameon Lewis, Jamerson Love, Damien Robinson and Curtis Virges were all named first team.

Corvell Harrison, Jay Hughes, Robert Johnson and Matthew Wells reeled in second team honors.

Dillon Day of West Monroe, Louisiana was an honorable mention All-State for 2009 bringing MSU's total of All-State selections to 13 for the 2010 signing class.

The Bulldogs also signed Mississippi's Mr. Football Dylan Favre. Favre follows 2009 signee Tyler Russell as back to back Mr. Football award winners for Mississippi State.

All-Americans:

Damien Robinson was named U.S. Army All-American and he participated in the annual All-Star game in San Antonio, Texas earlier this year.

Running back Vick Ballard was named NJCAA 1st team All-American for his standout sophomore season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Kaleb Eulls was selected to play in the Offense/Defense All-American Bowl.

Joining Eulls as an O/D All-American was Dylan Favre who was also given All-American honors by Parade and MaxPreps.

Dylan was also named O/D National Player of the year thanks in large part to his national record 81 touchdowns in 2009.

All-Stars

Mississippi State had nine commitments on the thirty-seven man roster for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game.

Kaleb Eulls, Nick Griffin, Corvell Harrison, Jay Hughes, Jameon Lewis, Jamerson Love, Damien Robinson, Curtis Virges and Matthew Wells were all selected to play in Mobile.

Hughes bowed out of the game due to a nagging injury.

Three other commitments Michael Carr, Dylan Favre and Robert Johnson were named to the rosters of the 61st annual Bernard Blackwell classic. Favre was named the game's most valuable player.

Dandy Dozen

MSU signed half of the Clarion Ledger's Dandy Dozen with Michael Carr, Kaleb Eulls, Nick Griffin, Robert Johnson, Damien Robinson and Matthew Wells all inking with the Bulldogs.

This is the second consecutive year Mississippi State has signed more Dandy Dozen selections than any other school.

MSU finished second to Southern Miss in 2007 with three selections Rashun Dixon, Templeton Hardy and Charles Mitchell.

Gatorade Player of the Year

Dylan Favre's decision to attend Mississippi State marks the fourth consecutive year Mississippi's Gatorade Player of the Year winner has signed with the Bulldogs.

Derek Sherrod began the streak that was continued by Charles Mitchell, Tyler Rusell and now Favre.

State Champions

Michael Carr, Dillon Day, Dylan Favre, Jameon Lewis and Curtis Virges all led their teams to state titles this year.

Jay Hughes, Robert Johnson and Jamerson Love all played in the state title game.

As a junior Christian Holmes led the Puckett Wolves to the 1A state title with a win over Calhoun City.

Coaches' score card

Every assistant coach on staff with the exception of new hires Chris Wilson and Manny Diaz landed a signee in the 2009 class.

MSU offensive coordinator Les Koenning led the way with six signings from three states.

Coach Tony Hughes landed five in state prospects, while Coach Melvin Smith signed four from his area including four stars Damien Robinson and Kaleb Eulls.

Coach John Hevesy also played a large role in a support capacity on all of the offensive line commitments.


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