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A look at some of the Alabama high school products who have helped Mississippi State to a new level of success.

When looking at players that have come out of Alabama in recent years, players like Jameis Winston, Kwon Alexander, Reuben Foster, and O.J. Howard stand out from the pack after having great college careers. When thinking about the players that have come out of Alabama and came to play at Mississippi State why do these stand out?

Darryl Williams a 6-3, 312-pound line man was a three-star prospect coming out of Bessemer, Alabama. Williams was considered the 10th best player coming out of Alabama in 2015. Expected to be a starting guard next season under Dan Mullen’s offense next season. He only played in seven games this past season. He is now hoping for a bigger role to help as a Mississippi State offensive line.

 Nick Gibson from Birmingham, Alabama is a player that in my opinion could be a great piece in Dan Mullen’s offense next season. He provides to be another solid option in the backfield and can use his speed and power to make it difficult to tackle him one on one. Only appearing in three total games last season with nine attempts going for 57 yards which is a little more than six yards a carry. Under Mullen, he can become a lot better player over his next couple of seasons here at State.

Cory Thomas a 6-5, 301-pound defensive lineman from McAdory High School in Bessemer, Alabama. Thomas made an impact as soon as he took the field in 2015 playing in 8 total games. In 2016 he played in 13 games and had 24 total tackles and 4.5 tackles for loose. With Thomas’ large frame he added great depth last season for our defensive line. Thomas is working towards a starting spot next season and hopes to have a great break out under Coach Mullen.

De’Runnya Wilson an elite 6-5, 215-pound wide receiver out of Birmingham, Alabama. He played in 38 games with 24 starts finishing his career with 133 receptions, nearly 2,000 receiving yards and 22 total yards. Wilson is considered one of the best wide receivers in Mississippi State University history. He was Dak Prescott’s favorite weapon on the field connecting for 19 total touchdowns and eight of them on third down. Under Dan Mullen is where Wilson flourished when comparing his high school stats to college stats. Wilson was considered the 81st best wide receiver to come out of high school and really grow at Mississippi States offense.

Dezmond Harris, very talented athlete from Bessemer, Alabama that came to State and plays as a linebacker. His career here at State he has resulted in a torn ACL twice. But Harris played in seven games in 2015 recording only nine tackles with at least one in every game. He missed the rest of the season do to his second ACL tear. When coming back in 2016 he played in 13 games with 37 tackles and 2.5 for a loss on the play. If Harris can stay away from injury this upcoming season he could help Dan Mullen’s defense.

Beniquez Brown out of Florence, Alabama was considered the 10th best player in Alabama’s 2012 class. Brown a 6-1, 240 pound outside linebacker who was intelligent and instinctive and was the leader of defense when he played here. Brown played in 39 career games and had 28 total starts while having around 200 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for loose, and 6 total interceptions in his career. Brown was MSU’s second leading tackler in two straight seasons and was a key part to Mullen’s defense.

Looking at the past couple of years of players that came to Mississippi State out of Alabama most have had success under Dan Mullen. Some players are still young in their careers; however, under the guidance of Mullen they should come to have great careers. Over the years Mullen has had many successful recruits from Alabama even though he has Nick Saban as competition. Hopefully Mullen can continue this recruiting success and still get great talent from Alabama and guide these men to successful careers.


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