Chad Simmons

The 2016 signing class still has a handful of players awaiting NCAA clearance

Coach Dan Mullen and his staff at Mississippi State are enjoying some vacation time with friends and family after a busy month of June that saw the Bulldog staffers facilitate 15 days of summer camp on their own campus as well as participate in several satellite camps throughout the southeast.

While the on the field coaches are away from the friendly confines of the Mississippi State campus, Mullen and his assistants are in touch with support staffers who continue to monitor the NCAA clearinghouse notifications for possible results on the final 2016 summer Bulldog enrollments.

Six Mississippi State signess have not yet enrolled for classes in Starkville, two of which are not expected to join the team this season. Hollandalle-Simmons All-Star Nero Nelson is planning to enroll at Co-Lin Community College, while South Bend, Indiana state champion sprinter, John Michael Hankerson is planning to enroll at Jehovah-Jireh prep school in Matthews, North Carolina in hopes of retaining all four years of college eligibility. 

The remaining four Bulldog signees awaiting NCAA Clearinghouse approval are Cameron Dantzler of Hammond, Louisiana, Osirus Mitchell of Sarasota, Florida, Dareun Parker of Southaven, Mississippi and wide receiver Reggie Todd of Mobile, Alabama. Mitchell and Todd are both post signing day signees, both inking a grant in aid with the Bulldogs following the spring semester of their senior years. 

Mitchell reports that he is on track to enroll for summer school classes in Starkville next week and deems himself "more than excited" about beginning his Bulldog career. A late bloomer and qualifier, Mitchell appears to be a great late find by Bulldog assistant coaches Billy Gonzales and Scott Sallach.

Hoping to join Mitchell on campus next week is defensive back Dantzler. The St. Thomas Aquinas star reports that he is completing his final coursework this week.

"I have been working out and doing an online class," Dantzler shared. "I am enrolling July 3rd. They just want me to finish this class by Thursday."

Should the coursework meet clearinghouse muster, Dantzler and Mitchell would join their classmates on campus for both summer workouts and the second session of summer classroom coursework. Dantzler reports that he has been in touch with those friends who have gone on ahead.

"They said it's nothing like high school," Dantzler offered. "They have been telling me what to do when I get there, so I'll be prepared. I can't wait to get up there."

Todd's status is in limbo as his case remains under review for enrollment. As the final signee in the 2016 Bulldog class, it is not clear at this time if he will enroll in July or August. 

The remaining signee working towards freshman eligibility is Parker. The DeSoto Central offensive guard shared earlier today that he is still working through some summer coursework and is not planning to enroll until August 1st.

Mississippi State signed a total of 20 signees for the 2016 recruiting cycle. Five of those prospects were able to enroll in January and take part in spring practice. Those signees were defensive tackle Tre Brown and cornerback Lashard Durr of Co-Lin Community College, Jireh Prep product tight Dontea Jones, defensive back C.J. Morgan-Walker of Bossier City, Louisiana and Powder Springs, Georgia tight end Christian Roberson.

Nine of the remaining fifteen reinforcements joined the program earlier this month as the first session of summer school began. Those summer enrollments included defensive back Korey Charles of Tallahassee, wide receiver Florida; Jamal Couch of Phenix City, Alabama; offenisve tackle Greg Eiland of Philadelphia, Mississippi; defensive end Kobe Jones of Starkville, Mississippi; offensive guard Stewart Reese of Fort Pierce, Florida; defensive end Jeffery Simmons of Macon, Mississippi; defensive end Marquiss Spencer of Greenwood, Mississippi; tight end Jordan Thomas of Sumrall, Mississippi; and inside linebacker Erroll Thompson of Florence, Alabama.

With fourteen members of the signing class already in classes and two set to seek their FBS eligibility at other institutions, the Bulldog staff simply awaits the word of the final four members of the 2016 recruiting haul. 


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