MSU's 2011 Signing Class At 9:30 am

Mississippi State football has added 22 players to their team with the 2011 recruiting class.

Derrick Milton

RB, 5-11, 205, 4.55
Powerful running back who is very good when he can square his shoulders and get downhill. Does not have a ton of film as there are a lot of backs for Hargrave and he really needs touches to get in rhythm, but once he has time on the field he can be very dynamic and can beat initial touches.

MSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, North Carolina, Memphis
Joe Morrow

WR, 6-4, 195, 4.6
Morrow is a big receiver who can stretch the field. He has the right combination of size and speed to make the tough catch across the middle or outside the numbers. He needs to continue to get stronger and work on his initial burst, but there is an awful lot to like about Joe. Due to the offense he plays in on the high school level, he does not have the stats that match his ability. He is just scratching the surface of his potential.

MSU, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia Tech, LSU, Ole Miss, Southern Miss
Justin Malone

OT, 6-6, 300
Malone has great size and long term potential. He has not played a lot of football, so his development as a player may be behind some others early on his college career. He plays in a league where he has a huge size advantage, so he dominates as he should. He has a lot to learn and perhaps the first lessons he needs to learn is how to stay on blocks and explode off of the ball. He has a high ceiling and should develop into a solid player.

John Harris

DE, 6-6, 220
Harris is a long, rangy defensive end who looks to have a future as a pass rushing specialist. He has a tremendous wingspan which makes him difficult to evade on the edge, but John will need some time in the weight room to add the bulk he will need to take on college level tackles. At this point he is quick enough to get outside and get to the quarterback, but in order to be an every down player he will need some time in the weight room.

MSU, South Carolina, Illinois, Boston College, Kansas, West Virginia, Florida International, UCF
P.J. Jones

DT, 6-3.5, 265
P.J. is very hard to deal with once he gets inside position. He has great hand placement and plays with a loaded hand most of the time. He wins the leverage battle more times than not and he is tough to move. He has played a lot of high school football, so he has developed more than just a power game. He can keep linemen away from him while he diagnoses the play. He needs to prove he can stay healthy, but he can be a special player.

MSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, UCLA, Southern Miss
Dee Arrington

DB, 6-2, 200, 4.62
Arrington is a natural at the safety position. He is very physical and very athletic. Unlike a lot of players with his size, he is very fluid in his movements. He is a very humble player who does his talking on the field. He rarely sits out a snap and he has the respect of his teammates. Darion is a quiet leader who will play any position he is asked to play in order to help his team. He is a tremendous hitter and he makes the smart play.

MSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Memphis, Southern Miss
Darius Slay

DB, 6-0 190, 4.4
One of the first things that stands out about Slay is his top end speed. Darius will win a foot race with just about anybody on the field and he has the quickness to adjust on the fly when receivers look to gain separation. He is an excellent return man and due to his time on offense, he is a threat to score any time he touches the ball. He will need to learn to be better in run support but in coverage Darius more than holds his own.

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Justin Cox

DB, 6-1, 175, 4.41
Cox is a true speedster who will make the move to defense full time on the college level. Justin is a taller corner who has the hips to handle the change of direction needed to play the position. He is still very raw in his development as a defensive player, but he has the skill set to become a very good player in coverage. He will need to bulk up some to become a more physical player.

MSU, Memphis, Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech
Dak Prescott

QB, 6-3, 225
Prescott is a big guy – in the 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-3, 220-225 pound range – with good arm strength and good enough wheels to hurt a defense when he gets out of the pocket. Getting more consistent with his release and footwork is something that will help him when he gets to the next level and has to make a wider variety of throws. Prescott is an accurate passer in the short to intermediate game and reads defenses well.

MSU, LSU, TCU, Memphis, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech
Daniel Knox

OT, 6-5, 265
Daniel has spent his high school career as a blocking tight end. He will make the move to offensive tackle on the next level. He is a plus level blocker who does a great job staying on his blocks, often pushing his man into the second level. Knox has very good leg drive which helps him as a blocker in the run game. He shows good hand placement and is very good at getting out of his stance and into action.

MSU, Southern Miss, UAB, Arkansas State
James Maiden

OT, 6-4, 265
Maiden could end up on either side of the ball on the next level. He is a very passionate and heady player who looks to make those around him better. He is having success in high school by being the superior athlete rather than being the best football player he can be. As he learns more about his position and gets more specialized coaching in college he has the chance to be very special. He has a great feet and is very good with his hands.

MSU, LSU, USC, Ole Miss, Southern Miss
Devin Fosselman

DB, 5-9, 192, 4.5
Devin has tremendous ball skills. He takes ownership of any ball thrown in his direction. He can make the tough grab in traffic and make the acrobatic catch while hugging the sideline. His top end speed is not a question mark, but with a little better vision he could turn the average play into a game changer. He can win the jump ball and he can power through arm tackles on his way to the end zone. He has a very bright future.

MSU, Southern Miss, Memphis
Rufus Warren

TE, 6-5, 240
Rufus is a leader on and off the field. He is a very vocal player who wants the best from himself and those around him. He has great size and good hands. Warren has very good dexterity for a player with his size. He could play defensive end or tight end on the next level, but it appears tight end is his spot. He is a tough target to miss and a difficult guy to guard out in the pass pattern.

Zachary Jackson

DB, 6-1, 203, 4.53
Zach lines up at quarterback in high school, but his future is going to be free safety. He is another in the long line of great athletes who line up at QB out of need. He runs very hard and does not shy away from contact. His top end speed may prove to be a question mark, but he shows a better than average burst. He is a very determined player who has the respect of his teammates.

MSU, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Memphis
Nick Redmond

OT, 6-5, 295
Redmond has a bright future on the college level. He has a real blue collar appeal. He is not real flashy. He goes out and does his job and gets back in the huddle. He needs to do a better job of getting his man on the ground and using his considerable size to dominate at the high school level. He does an excellent job of keeping his man in front of him and run blocking may be his strong suit. A year in a college weight room will do wonders for him.

MSU, Ole Miss
Josh Robinson

RB, 5-9, 205, 4.5
Robinson may be short in statue, but he is extremely well put together. He is a very strong runner between the tackles and he has the speed to take it to the house on any given play. He sees the field well and is always looking for the running lane to turn an average play into a big play. He has proven to be a good receiver out of the backfield, but his game is more about getting it and getting up field.

MSU, Ole Miss, Tulsa, New Mexico, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech
Shaquille Perry

RB, 6-2, 210, 4.6
Perry has great size for a running back and he runs big, powering through would be tacklers. He is still a very raw player who has a high ceiling, but he still has a lot to learn about the position. Perry has very good feet which helps him make adjustments as he sees the running lane. He needs to be a more patient runner. At times he runs up the back of blockers rather waiting for the block to materialize.

MSU, Southern Miss, Memphis, South Alabama
Preston Smith

DE, 6-5, 215
Smith is a defensive end prospect who has the ideal frame for the position on the college level. He is one of the first out of his stance on the snap and Preston understands the importance of gaining ground after initial contact. He rarely give up on a play and he continues his pursuit until the whistle blows more times than not. He is getting by mainly on a bull rush now, so he will need to diversify his attack on the next level.

MSU, Kentucky, West Virginia, Syracuse, Southern Miss, Minnesota, UCF, Florida Atlantic, Florida International
Benardrick McKinney

LB, 6-4, 200
McKinney has a great frame and shows a real nose for the football. His top end foot speed is good with a nice burst once he closes in for the tackle. He is not a real big hitter yet, but with a primary focus on defense on the college level he should develop into a nice outside linebacker. He has an impressive wingspan which will make him tough to evade in the open field.

Kendrick Market

DB, 5-9, 175
Market is an undersized defensive back who hits a ton. Ball carriers generally go backwards when they engage with Kendrick mainly due to his ability to frame up and strike. He is a max effort type of player who will be a good program guy, but he will have to get stronger to make an impact on the college level. Market comes from a winning program where he lined up at a variety of positions to help the team. A team first guy for sure.

Joey Trapp

OL, 6-5, 285, 4.89
Trapp is a very active, athletic offensive lineman that works hard on into the second level once he makes his initial block. He is a bit on the thin side, so some serious work in the weight room are in order before he steps on a major college field. He does play extremely hard and shows a bit of a mean streak from time to time. When he can dominate the man across from him, he does his best to take him out of the play.

MSU, Memphis, Western Michigan, Arkansas State
Taveze Calhoun

DB, 6-1, 180, 4.5
Calhoun is a very athletic prospect that could wind up as a slot receiver or a DB. He is a bit of a tweener, but should see time at free safety. Taveze has a nose for the football and is not scared to lower his shoulder and make the big hit across the middle. He will need to work hard to add some muscle to improve his durability as a max effort type of player. Calhoun plays with a tremendous amount of passion, but needs to become more physical.

MSU, Louisiana

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