State Closes Out Mid-Year Signing Period

It took much longer than expected, but two time JuCo All-American defensive end Pernell McPhee signed AND faxed his scholarship papework into the Mississippi State football offices on Friday evening.

Florida and Georgia fans were both wondering just who was this new four star defensive end on their prospect list named Pernell McPhee.

McPhee took official visits to both of those schools during the month of December, but in the end the Pahokee, Florida native elected to stick with his commitment to Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs had to hold off late challenges from the Gators, Dawgs, Michigan Wolverines and Kentucky Wildcats in order to land the coveted defensive end.

All four of those schools were able to host the Itawama Community College prospect on an official visit after he had made his verbal pledge to Mississippi State.

McPhee is the fifth junior college All-American to sign with Mississippi State during the mid year signing period.

Linebacker Chris White, kicker Sean Brauchle, punter Heath Hutchins, cornerback Maurice Langston and receiver Leon Berry all signed with the Bulldogs last week. Langston, an All-Region selection, was the only signee not to be tabbed an All-American.

The half dozen junior college transfers will report to the Starkville campus on January 5th where they will meet up with early enrolling prepsters Cameron Lawrence and Sam Watts.

With eight new reinforcements to the roster, Dan Mullen's first spring will have an influx talent with nearly all of the early enrollees expected to make an impact in the fall on the team's two deep chart.

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