Mullen has announced a 28-member recruiting class on the NCAA’s national signing day. Six of them are already on campus as mid-year signees and early enrollees, including junior college transfers Donald Gray, Jonathan Calvin, and Martinas Rankin. Early-arriving prep stars are Malik Dear, Michael Story, and Deddrick Thomas.
Those transfers matter because, when able to ‘count back’ to previous classes with open scholarships, they allow Mississippi State to stay closer to the annual limit of 25 new scholarship players. Of course in a handful of cases senior college eligibility remains to be earned, then accepted by the NCAA’s clearinghouse in time for summer or fall semester enrollment.
Mullen’s first signing class in 2009 also had 28 members, though one of them, punter Baker Swedenburg, had previously signed before sitting out the 2008 season as a grayshirt. The 2012 class also topped-out at 28.
As ecstatic Bulldog fans savor this year’s collection of recruits, it may be useful and even entertaining to read the complete list of Mullen signees 2009-present. It includes some who never set foot on campus after signing or left shortly upon arriving, and recruiting fans should enjoy trying to recall all those names and what happened. Or, did not happen.
These lists are compiled from the handouts on those signing days given out by MSU, along with a few additions missed on the day itself or later signees. In this list ‘*’ means those played as a first-year transfer or as a true freshmen in 2009-14, though in a couple of cases they would redshirt a year later or as with Cedric Jiles get the year back entirely. The junior college transfers are marked ‘jc’. Positions generally are what the signee was projected at on signing day, not where they necessarily played.
2009 – 28 *S/CB Johnthan Banks, *WR Leon Berry jc, *DT Josh Boyd, *KS Sean Brauchle, *WR Chad Bumphis, RB Montrell Conner, *DT Fletcher Cox, WR Billy Hamilton, *WR Brandon Heavens, WR Mardrecas Hood, *KS Heath Hutchins jc, OL Gabe Jackson, *DB Maurice Langston jc, LB Cameron Lawrence, DL Jonathan McKenzie, *DE Pernell McPhee jc, RB LaDarius Perkins, QB Tyler Russell, WR Ricco Sanders, FB William Shumpert, LB Deontae Skinner, DB Darius Slay, *WR Chris Smith, P Baker Swedenburg, RB Dennis Thames, OL Sam Watts, *LB Chris White jc, DB Nickoe Whitley
2010--26: *RB Vick Ballard jc, LB Ferlando Bohanna, DL James Carmon jc, *LB Michael Carr, OL Blaine Clausell, DL Paul Crawford, OL Dillon Day, DL Kaleb Eulls, QB Dylan Favre, RB Nick Griffin, *DE Corvell Harrison, TE Brandon Hill, LB Christian Holmes, OL Jeff Howie, jc, *LB Chris Hughes, DB Jay Hughes, WR Malcolm Johnson, WR Robert Johnson, OL Eric Lawson, ATH Jeremy Lee, WR Jameon Lewis, DB Jamerson Love, OL Archie Muniz, OL Damien Robinson, DL Curtis Virges, DB Matthew Wells
2011--22: *S Dee Arrington, CB Taveze Calhoun, DB Justin Cox, WR Devin Fosselman, DL John Harris, DB Zach Jackson, *DT P.J. Jones, OL Daniel Knox, OL James Maiden, OL Justin Malone, DB Kendrick Market, LB Benardrick McKinney, RB Derrick Milton, WR Joe Morrow, RB Shaquille Perry, QB Dak Prescott, OL Nick Redmond, RB Josh Robinson, *DB Darrius Slay jc, *DE Preston Smith, OL Joey Trapp jc, TE Rufus Warren
2012--28: DL Nelson Adams, DB Quadry Antoine, *DE Denico Autry jc, *K Devon Bell, LB Beniquez Brown, WR Fred Brown, LB Richie Brown, *DL Ryan Brown, OL Cole Carter, DB Kivon Coman, DT Torrey Dale, OL Devon Desper, DB Deontay Evans, *DT Quay Evans, DB Xavier Grindle, OL Dylan Holley jc, WR Brandon Holloway, *DT Nick James, DL A.J. Jefferson, *CB Cedric Jiles, TE Adarrius Perkins, DB Will Redmond, TE Artimas Samuel, QB Nick Schuessler, OL Justin Senior, *OL Charles Siddoway jc, TE Gus Walley, DL Jordan Washington
2013--20: *WR Jeremy Chappelle jc, WR Shelby Christy, *OG Jamaal Clayborn, *CB Tolando Cleveland, *DB Justin Cox jc, OL Kent Flowers, WR Donald Gray, WR B.J. Hammond, LB Dezmond Harris, DB Jahmere Irvin-Sills, *DT Chris Jones, CB Gabe Myles, *WR Fred Ross, TE Artimas Samuel, QB Cord Sandberg, *RB Ashton Shumpert, OL Jake Thomas, DB Brandon Wells, *QB Damian Williams, *WR De’Runnya Wilson
2014—23: DB Brandon Bryant, OL Deion Calhoun, OL Ronald Cochran, DL Will Coleman jc, *Logan Cooke, LB Deshon Cooper, RB Lashard Durr, QB Nick Fitzgerald, *WR Jamoral Graham, *LB J.T. Gray, LB Gerri Green, DT Grant Harris, OL Jordan Harris, DT Braxton Hoyett, *TE Darrion Hutcherson jc, WR Jesse Jackson, OL Elgton Jenkins, OL Jocquell Johnson jc, RB Dontavian Lee, CB Chris Rayford, QB Elijah Staley, DT Cory Thomas, RB Aeris Williams
2015--28: DL Fletcher Adams, DE Johnathan Calvin jc, RB Malik Dear, RB Nick Gibson, WR Donald Gray jc, WR Farrod Green, WR Justin Johnson, TE Dontea Jones, DL Kendell Jones, DL Keith Joseph, LB Traver Jung jc, LB Leo Lewis, DB Mark McLaurin, RB Keith Mixon, OL Harrison Moon, DL T.D. Moton, DL Anfernee Mullins, RB Alec Murphy, DB Jamal Peters, DT Martinas Rankin jc, DB Maurice Smitherman, WR Jonnas Spivey, DB Chris Stamps, OL Michael Story, WR Deddrick Thomas, QB Nick Tiano, LB Tim Washington, OL Darryl Williams.