Coordinators Review Recruiting Results

Signing Day 2013 is now two weeks in the rear-view. Then again, given the successes of this completed signing season, as well as the promise for both this and future seasons, Bulldog coaches do still enjoy looking back at their recruiting class.

Dawgs' Bite spoke with Mississippi State's offensive and defensive coordinators about the Class of 2013. Today is Part 2, as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Geoff Collins discusses players inked for this side of the roster. As Coach Dan Mullen said on signing day, recruiting for defense was more selective with just eight players procured for this unit.

Going in alphabetical order:

Tolando Cleveland, Defensive Back, Powder Springs (GA) Hillgrove HS: "I'm excited about Tolando. A long, lean athletic corner with great ball skills. He came to camp and did a great job for us in person. Every camp he went to this summer he got a scholarship offer so that kind of tells you something. We flipped him at the end he was just in love with Mississippi State. That's a case of staying with a guy. We had a relationship with him the whole time and it was a good match for us."

Kivon Coman, Defensive Back, Sheffield (AL), Hargrave Military Academy: "I take a lot of pride in Kivon. He's a kid that the summer we recruited and decided to take him he came to three-day camp, he came to Big Dawg camp, every hoop we asked him to jump he passed with flying colors. A great work ethic, tremendous kid, great work ethic and we think he's going to be a really good addition for us." "I think it was great. Because it reinforces the character that he already had. He was a hungry kid to begin with this and this made him even more hungry to excel at the SEC level." Justin Cox, Defensive Back, West Point (MS) East Mississippi CC: "I think everybody when they watch him run; his size, his speed, it reminds them of a John Banks. And that's kind of the role that we're asking him to fill for us. We don't want to set the bar too high for him but I think he's the kind of kid with work ethic and intelligence that can do that. He's a long, athletic kid, tremendous ball skills."

Dezmond Harris, Linebacker, McCalla (AL) McAdory HS: "He did miss his senior year. The big thing about Dez is we'd heard some things from high school coaches in Alabama about what a freakish athlete he was. It was funny, the time he came to camp was with some other linebackers that were four-star kids across the Southeast, a bunch of three-star kids. He was by-far the best athlete. Size, speed, he's 6-3 and 215 and ran a 4.37 in camp. He was just far superior athletically to some of the kids that might have been higher rated at his position. So we're excited about him."

Jahmere Irvin-Sills, Defensive Back, Elkton (MD) "He's from up in Delaware and the (previous) school he was at has a great track record of kids going off and having success in college. A physical kid, he's a tough kid, makes a lot of plays. He likes to play football the way we play football; tough, physical, and nasty. So we're excited about him. He's probably a corner because he's not as long, he's more a corner build and will fit in good. And he fills a need."

Chris Jones, Defensive Lineman, Houston (MS) HS: "I think everybody is excited about Chris. And that just goes back to the Benardrick McKinneys and John Banks, the guys who aren't the highest-rated guys, to the eye for talent we have around here. And he ended up proving us right and getting national attention. He made the recruiting process exciting there at the end! He can move, he reminds people when they watch him a little bit of Julius Peppers athletically. His ability to bend, his change of direction are impressive."

GABE MYLES, Defensive Back, Starkville (MS) HS: "He's another one who won a state championship as a quarterback. A high-character kid, his dad played here, a great family, great people, a tremendous work ethic. We're excited about getting him. The thing that kept coming out about him, people who went to see him play, if you didn't know who was being recruited to the SEC and watched the game you pointed at Gabe and knew that was a SEC player."

Brandon Wells, Defensive Back, Bogue Chitto (MS) HS: "He's another kid that came to camp and put on an absolute show. He's a tremendous athlete and whatever spot we decide to play him at, that's it! Just watching him on tape as a senior validated the camp too."

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