This doesn’t mean Bulldog football is about to entirely drop out of the news for a few weeks ahead of Dan Mullen’s July 12 appearance at SEC Media Days. Among other things, some of those June visitors are now making public commitments to sign on with Mississippi State. Eventually. Probably. Maybe?
It is a long time yet to signing days be they December or February. At the same time if—a big if—all these commitments hold up; if the announcing players even have commitable offers for that matter; then Mullen and staff have two-thirds of the ’17 class secured already.
With the latest announcement, by a defensive back prospect, Scout.com should be showing 17 commitments for the next class. Some of them date as far back as summer 2014, a reminder that football courting and committing comes sooner and faster than ever. It also makes one think, how for all the annual coaching carousel talk prospects must be comfortable Dan Mullen will be in charge of Bulldog football by the time they enroll.
As commitments continue, it seems a fine time to look at everyone who has signed-on with Mississippi State since Mullen took over in December 2008. This includes signees who never showed up, did not qualify the first year, or left before ever playing.
The 2016 class does not list a couple of summer signees who have yet to be officially added to the incoming roster, by the way.
These annual lists are taken from signing day releases, with a few later signed (not walk-on) additions, and everyone is shown at their signing day position regardless of where they ended up playing. If ‘*’ appears in front of the name, that player got on the field year-one as a newcomer, high school or transfer. Juco signees have a ‘jc’.
The other fun of this listing? It is being reminded of how intensely so many of these signees were followed at the time…and have been entirely forgotten since. There’s a lesson of some sort there for prospects and media alike.
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.
2016—18: DL Trey Brown jc, WR/DB Korey Charles, LB Jamal Couch, DB Cameron Dantzler, DB Lashard Durr jc, OL Greg Eiland, WR John Hankerson, TE Dontea Jones, DL Kobe Jones, DB C.J. Morgan-Walker, DB Nero Nelson, OL Dareuan Parker, OL Stewart Reese, TE Christian Roberson, DL Jeffery Simmons, DL Marquiss Spencer, TE Jordan Thomas, LB Erroll Thompson.