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Coach's Ninth Class Holds to Annual Average, But Sets Early-Enroll Record

Dan Mullen’s ninth Mississippi State signing day is done. Or should we say, days? Because this most recent recruiting class is truly a case of two great big Bulldog days.

Mullen built on his largest December signing haul by adding eleven more on the first day of February. That brings the total to 24 which, according to Mississippi State officials, is all for this group.

Then again…a year ago on this day it was a 20-player class presented to the public. By preseason camp it was 20 with a couple of late summer additions. Still indications are that this combined December/February list is supposed to be completed.

Today’s total actually fits the Mullen pattern. He has officially signed now 219 players (announced either on signing days or added later) in nine years, a 24.3 average. That is likely higher than most fans believe since there were a couple of 20-player classes in recent years due to the 85-man NCAA annual limit.

What will surprise fans is how many early-enrollees Mullen has been able to bring to Mississippi State for spring semester…and thus spring practice. That total is now up to 50, or almost 23% of his total signees. Though to be clear an unprecedented December 2016 group of 13 has inflated the average.

Also, there have been 35 junior college signees or 16% of his total recruits, whether inked early or in February.

For your 2017 Signing Day pleasure, and hopefully perspective, here are all the official signees by Dan Mullen at Mississippi State. * means that signee played the first freshman or transfer year.


2009 – 28 total, 6 JC, 6 freshmen played, 8 mid-year: *S/CB Johnthan Banks, *WR Leon Berry jc, *DT Josh Boyd, *KS Sean Brauchle jc, *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 total, 3 JC, 3 freshmen played, 3 mid-year: *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 total, 2 JC, 3 freshmen played, 4 mid-year: *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 total, 3 JC, 5 freshmen played, 5 mid-year: 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 total, 2 JC, 7 freshmen played, 4 mid-year: *WR Jeremy Chappelle jc, WR Shelby Christy, *OG Jamaal Clayborn, *CB Tolando Cleveland, DB Kivon Coman, *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 total, 3 JC, 3 freshmen played, 2 mid-year: 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 total, 4 JC, 4 freshmen played, 6 mid-year: DL Fletcher Adams, *DE Johnathan Calvin jc, *RB Malik Dear, RB Nick Gibson, *WR Donald Gray jc, WR Farrod Green, *TE 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—20 total, 3 JC, 3 freshmen played, 5 mid-year: DL Tre Brown jc, DB Korey Charles, *WR Jamal Couch, DB Cameron Dantzler, *DB Lashard Durr jc, OL Greg Eiland, DB John-Michael Hankerson, TE Dontea Jones, DL Kobe Jones, WR Osirus Mitchell, DB C.J. Morgan-Walker, DB Nero Nelson, OL Dareuan Parker, OL Stewart Reese, TE Christian Roberson, *DL Jeffery Simmons, *DL Marquis Spencer, *TE Jordan Thomas jc, WR Reginald Todd, LB Erroll Thompson.


2017— 24 total, 9 JC, 13 mid-year: DB Johnathan Abram jc, DL Lee Autry jc, OL Tommy Champion jc, DB Brian Cole jc, DL Duke Collins, OL Josh Cooper, KS Tucker Day, LB Tyler Dunning, DL Noah Elliss, LB Willie Gay, DB Landon Guidry, RB Kylin Hill, DL James Jackson, DB Jaquarias Landrews jc, DL Aaron Odom, OL Tyre Phillips jc, DL Deion Pope jc, OL Montravious Richardson, DL Chauncey Rivers jc, OL Cordavien Suggs, DL Montez Sweat jc, QB Keytaon Thompson, WR Austin Williams, DB Tyler Williams.

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