Defensively Speaking

Mississippi State will welcome a talented crop of 2013 signees into the fold over the course of the summer months. With some talented senior defenders moving on to chase their NFL dreams, the Bulldog coaching staff went to work to find replacements with similar potential.

Mississippi State signed the nation's top defensive line class in 2012, so adding bodies along the forward wall was not a huge priority in 2013, unless a real superstar emerged.

The lone defensive lineman in the 2013 haul, five star Chris Jones, began the process in obscurity and on signing day was widely considered one of the top prospects in the country.

While the final days of the process brought some anxiety for Bulldog fans, Jones held true to his long time pledge to the Maroon and White.

Cameron Lawrence is the lone letterman linebacker leaving the program, so linebacker was not a prosition of need in the 2013 inking plans.

Dezmond Harris of McAdory High School turned Bulldog linebacker chief Geoff Collins' head during the summer camp sessions.

Harris' 4.39 40 and 37 inch vertical leap made him an attractive option as a developmental player with true SEC athleticism.

Harris missed his entire senior season due to an ACL tear in his pre-season jamboree.

Based on Harris' accounts, his rehab is going well and he hopes to be full speed by the time fall camp opens.

Three senior corner backs, Johnthan Banks, Corey Broomfield and Darius Slay have all exhausted their eligibility.

Looking to follow in the footsteps of that talented trio are incoming freshmen Tolando Cleveland, Jahmere Irvin-Sills and Gabriel Myles.

Cleveland, a long time Georgia Tech pledge, defected to the Maroon and White not long after his official visit to Yellow Jacket's campus.

The Powder Springs, Georgia product earned an offer from Mississippi State after a strong showing in summer camp.

Mississippi State assistant Geoff Collins remained in touch throughout the process, so when Cleveland decided to reconsider his college destination the Bulldogs were clearly in the mix.

Jahmere Irvin-Sills committed to Auburn early in the 2013 selection process, but backed off of that commitment upon hearing the news of the Tiger's coaching change.

A chance meeting between Bulldog assistant Tim Brewster and Irvin-Sills' high school coach at an Under Armour practice led to the three star corner taking an official visit to Starkville.

Before Irvin-Sills could get home, he was already leaning towards a future as a Bulldog.

While things were not final until the day after signing day, Irvin-Sills is officially a Bulldog and on his way towards his SEC dreams after all.

Hometown hero Gabriel Myles grew up going to Mississippi State home games and hearing stories from behind the scenes from his father, Eddie Myles, who spent his college days as a Bulldog corner.

Myles got his decision out of the way early, so he could focus on his senior season which ended with the 5A state championship trophy.

Mississippi State has been pretty strong at safety under Coach Dan Mullen and the Bulldog roster gained three extremely athletic players with the signings of mid-year transfer Justin Cox, Kivon Coman and Brandon Wells.

Cox is currently on campus and preparing for spring practice.

The 1st Team All-American put together a tremendous two years at East Mississippi under the supervision of Head Coach Buddy Stevens.

Cox prepped at nearby West Point where he won back to back state championships.

With the losses in the secondary due to graduation, Cox signing is off extreme importance due to his ability to make an immediate impact.

Kivon Coman is another two time signee for the Bulldog staff. After coming up just short of NCAA entrance requirements for freshman in 2012, Coman enrolled at Hargrave Military Prep.

With that semester under his belt, Coman enrolled at Mississippi State for the 2013 spring stanza.

Coman has the ability to play corner or free safety. That versatility and his athletic prowess should enable him to compete for snaps this fall.

Brandon Wells was the first man to find a seat in the Bulldogs' 2013 bandwagon.

Wells has incredible speed and and range. He started at safety in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game and was given high marks from his coaches during the week of practice.

A redshirt year may be in the cards for Wells, to allow him to bulk up and adjust to life on the defensive side of the ball full time.

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