MSU 2003 Signing Class

Meet the MSU 2003 signing class! analyst Ryan Wallace breaks down every State football signee, including comments from Spartans' head football coach John L. Smith on each player!

Meet the 2003 MSU Football Signing Class

Delton Ashburn – DB 5’11", 181 lbs. Hampton, Va. (Fork Union Military Academy)


  • Earned first-team all-state honors in 2002 as a defensive back and kick return in the Virginia Independent School Football Association.
  • Recorded 37 tackles, three interceptions as a senior helping Fork Union to a state title. He also rushed for 250 yards on 26 carries, scoring five times and returned two kicks for touchdowns

John L. Smith on Ashburn:

"Delton is a kid we feel can really run – got a lot of speed. We’re thinking he could be a defensive back. We believe Delton is going to be a natural corner, that’s what he was recruited as and I think that is what he is going to end up playing. He can be a return guy for and do a lot of things."

Sylvester "Bobo" Brown – RB 5’9", 204 lbs. Canton, Miss. (Milford Academy)/Madison (Miss.) Central High


  • Rushed for 2,627 yards and 33 touchdowns in his two years at Milford.
  • Mississippi’s Class 5A state record holder in career yards with 7,130, breaking NFL Hall-of-Famer Walter Payton’s record.

JLS on Brown:

"He is a physical kid. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s a powerlifter. So we think even at the running back spot he can take the pounding that the one-back is going to take and step up and do some of the blocking that we’re going to ask our one-back offensive back to do."

Kris Bush –RB 5’11", 184 lbs. New Orleans, La. (John Curtis Christian HS)


  • Named one of the high school players of the year by Greater New Orleans Quarteback Club.
  • Rushed for 1,119 yards and scored 20 touchdowns to lead John Curtis Christian to its second-straight Class 4A state championship

JLS on Bush:

"Good running back, I mean here’s a guy that we’re going to end up seeing if he could not end up being a safety as well. So what we’re going to do with all the running backs is find the best one and try to keep them there and then the others may end up moving. So Kris Bush is guy that we think could be possibly a good defensive back."

Irving Campbell – WR 5’11", 165 lbs. Lake Worth, Fla. (Santaluces HS)


  • Earned Class 6A second-team all-state honors as a senior. Named to the Palm Beach Post All-Area team.
  • Pulled down 46 receptions for 809 yards and five touchdowns in 2002.

JLS on Campbell:

"Kid out of Florida, we feel like is a very, very quality wide out. He can really run, catches the ball of course, he better be able to do it, we believe he’s a wide out, even though he has played some DB and capable of doing that, but we think he’s a legit wide out and will wind up helping us there."

Jehuu Caulcrick – RB 6’0", 234 lbs. Sherman, N.Y. (Clymer, HS)


  • Three-time all-state and All-Western New York selection. 2002 Western New York player of the year.
  • Rushed for 2,161 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior. Western New York’s all-time rushing leader with 6,559 yards.

JLS on Caulcrick:

"He’s a physical kid, he can do what you’re looking to get down in a one-back offense, but he can step on to the other side of the ball as well, cause he can run. We really like him and think he’s going to be a kid who can possibly step in and help, because he’s mature enough first-year out of the bag that he can do some stuff for us right away."

Sean Clayton – QB 6’4", 233 lbs. Poland, Ohio (Poland Seminary HS)


  • First-team all-state selection by the Associated Press. Northeast Ohio Division III Player of the Year.
  • Completed 146-of-216 passes (67.6 percent) for 1,937 yards with 19 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 2002. He also rushed for 558 yards and eight scores.

JLS on Clayton:

"Very, very athletic kid, can run around and throw it, can do a lot of things. If he doesn’t end up staying there (quarterback position) we think he’s a great athlete, so he could end up seeing him play – he is going to play somewhere.

Peter Clifford – OL 6’7", 317 lbs. Salem, N.H. (Bridgton Academy)


  • Earned first-team All-New Hampshire honors as a senior at Salem. Competed in 2002 Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl (New Hampshire vs. Vermont all-stars).
  • Lettered in track as a discus and javelin thrower as well as started at center for the basketball team. Clifford is already enrolled as MSU

JLS on Clifford:

"Big kid, getting stronger all the time – I mean he’s huge. He’s got a great work ethic and the good thing is he’s a freshman who will have spring ball."

DeAndra Cobb – CB 5’10’, 184 lbs. Las Vegas, Nev. (Antelope Valley College)


  • Nation’s top 101 junior college prospects in 2002 by
  • First-team All-Foothill Conference selection who rushed for 1,060 yards and 11 scores.

JLS on Cobb:

"We recruited him as a corner, he was a running back and has great speed. We think he can make the transition and being a junior college kid that’s what we’re counting on from him.

Greg Cooper – CB 5’11", 185 lbs. Flint, MI (Flint Northern HS)


  • Racked up 67 tackles and eight interceptions during his senior season in 2001.
  • Registered 250 c tackles, six sacks, 21 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries for his career.

JLS on Cooper:

"Young man who came out last year that we ended up signing this year. We think he’s got the capability and the size and everything that we’re looking for to be either a corner or a safety. Here’s a kid that could end up playing much first year out."

Cole Corey – RB/DB 5’10", 185 lbs. Tecumseh, Mich. (Tecumseh HS)


  • First-team all-state selection as a running back by the Associated Press.
  • Rushed for 1,350 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior. Set the state the single-game record and tied the national mark by returning three kickoff returns for touchdowns vs. Ypsilanti Lincoln.

JLS on Corey:

"Here’s a kid that’s just a darn good football player. I mean you look at him on film and you spend hours and hours looking, you say ‘gosh he keeps coming back, this guy’s a good football player, he’s going to play somewhere.’ I don’t know if it’s going to running back, but we kind of expect him to be a defensive back."

Mike Gyetvai – OL 6’7", 323 lbs. Old Castle, Ont. (Sandwich Secondary)


  • Named Ontario Lineman of the Year and League MVP in 2002. Three-time first-team all-league selection.
  • Was a two-way starter who helped the Sabres to 20-consecutive wins, which included back-to-back Western Bowl and league championships in 2001-02.

JLS on Gyetvai:

"Big kid, God that’s one thing you can’t coach is size. He’s going to be a little bit green like all offensive linemen to a degree, but he’s got great size and good intelligence and we think he’s got the capability of being a good-looking guy down the road."

Jamar Jones – WR 6’3", 198 lbs. Arcadia, Fla. (DeSoto County HS)


  • Named 3A class second-team all-state by the Florida Sports Writers Association.
  • Grabbed 30 catches for 706 yards (23.5 avg.) and six touchdowns as a senior. He was also a defensive back, recording 34 tackles and picking off four passes.

JLS on Jones:

"Big wide out, good-looking guy kind of throw it up to him and he can go get it. He’s a basketball player, he’s a good athlete. He’s a good football player, does it all."

Terry Love – WR 5’11", 161 lbs. Bellwood, Ill. (Proviso East HS)


  • Earned all-state and all-area honors as a senior. Owns every career and single-season Pirate receiving record.
  • Had 41 receptions for 941 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2002. Hauled down 36 passes for 1,275 yards (35.4 avg) and 11 touchdowns as a junior.

JLS on Love:

"He pretty well planned on going to some other places and then ended up changing his mind and coming to our place and we expect him to possibly play right off the bat as well. But he’s got tremendous speed and can catch the ball and all that stuff.

John Masters – OL 6’4", 273 lbs. Carmel, Ind. (Carmel HS)


  • Consensus all-state selection as senior. Graded out 95 percent of his blocking assignments in 2002.
  • Set a single-game record with 10 pancake blocks.

JLS on Masters:

"He’s a kid we were recruiting out of Louisville and we think he could be an inside guy for us, possibly a center, guard something like that, but a good smart kid."

Daryl Melvin – DE 6’6", 227 lbs. Jersey City, NJ (Nassau Community College)


  • JUCO All-American. One of the nation’s top 50 junior college prospects.
  • Racked up 16 sacks as sophomore at Nassau. In two seasons he totaled 150 tackles and 24 sacks.

JLS on Melvin:

"We got to get to some meat on him, got to get him a little bit bigger without a doubt, but we think he’s an edge rusher for us. We need him and we need him to get bigger over the summer, so when he comes in he’s ready to go.

Stephen Reaves – QB 6’2", 187 lbs. Tampa, Fla. (Plant HS)


  • Threw for nearly 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns as senior, while only being picked off five times.
  • As a junior he threw for 1,863 yards and 18 scores as a junior, while rushing four an additional four scores. Father John was an All-American at Florida.

JLS on Reaves:

"He’s a lefty. And so we have a left-handed quarterback coach, so he’ll be all right and they’ll talk to one another. He’s got great mobility and we think he’s a quality, quality football player."

Maurice Smith - Davis – RB 6-1, 225 lbs. Warren, Ohio (Howland HS)


  • Earned third-team all-state honors. First team All-Metro Athletic Conference.
  • Gained 1,329 yards on the ground in 2002 and pulled down eight catches for 115 yards. Father Travis Davis was a defensive tackle for the Spartans (1986-89).

JLS on Smith - Davis:

"Running back, could possibly end up being a linebacker for us as well. He’s that big, physical running back could be on that side or bounce over to the other side."

Kaleb Thornhill – LB 6’1", 222 lbs. Lansing, MI (Eastern HS)


  • Rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and intercepted one pass as a senior.
  • His father Charlie and brother Josh played linebacker for MSU.

JLS on Thornhill:

"He’s a linebacker, we recruited him as that. Comes from a family of linebackers, comes from a family of Spartans, so he’s got the good gene pool and he’s going to be a good football player for us.

Joe Toth – OL 6’2", 278 lbs. Port Charlotte, Fla. (Port Charlotte HS)


  • Picked to Florida’s 4-A Second Team all-state as a senior.
  • He was a four-year varsity starter, starting 42 times, a school record.

JLS on Toth:

"Says offensive lineman could very easily end up on the other side of the ball. Runs well enough to play over there, is thick enough and strong enough, I know he’s a Polynesian kid, you know those guys are just like rocks, cause they’re very, very thick guys. He’s going to be a solid, solid kid.

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