MISSISSIPPI STATE INKS 26 TO FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIPS
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen made a priority of recruiting the best players in the state of Mississippi, and for the second consecutive class, the Bulldogs have shown their focus on in-state talent. Mississippi State signed 26 players in its 2010 class, including 18 from the Mississippi ranks. Last season State inked 27, with 19 coming from within state borders.
"We wanted to put together a class of champions that will take pride in representing the entire state of Mississippi," Mullen said. "I'm proud of the work our staff has done in bringing in the best from around the state and adding great talent to our team from both inside and outside of Mississippi."
The class includes six members of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen, a listing of the 12 best players in the state of Mississippi, and four members of the Clarion-Ledger's Ten Most Wanted, a list of the most highly recruited prospects in the state.
Mississippi State's 2009 class includes five of the Rivals.com top 10 in Mississippi and nine of the Scout.com top 20 prospects in state.
Among the players that signed NCAA National Letters of Intent on Wednesday are Michael Carr of West Point, Kaleb Eulls of Yazoo City, Robert Johnson of Hattiesburg, Nick Griffin of New Augusta, Damien Robinson of Olive Branch and Matthew Wells of Monticello. All six of those players were listed among the top 10 prospects in the state.
Mississippi State also signed the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive year, inking Dylan Favre of Bay St. Louis. Favre is also the second-consecutive Parade All-American quarterback signed by head coach Dan Mullen.
2010 MISSISSIPPI STATE FOOTBALL SIGNEES
February 3, 2010
NAME POS. HT. WT. HOMETOWN PREVIOUS SCHOOL
Vick Ballard RB 5-11 210 Pascagoula, Miss. Miss. Gulf Coast CC
Ferlando Bohanna LB 6-0 230 Memphis, Tenn. Whitehaven
James Carmon DL 6-7 360 Baltimore, Md. Miss. Gulf Coast CC
Michael Carr ATH 6-1 195 West Point, Miss. West Point
Blaine Clausell OL 6-7 310 Mobile, Ala. Baker
Paul Crawford DL 6-8 235 Lewisville, Texas Hebron
Dillon Day OL 6-4 260 West Monroe, La. West Monroe
Kaleb Eulls DL 6-4 255 Yazoo City, Miss. Yazoo County
Dylan Favre QB 5-11 190 Bay St. Louis, Miss. St. Stanislaus
Nick Griffin RB 5-11 195 New Augusta, Miss. Perry Central
Corvell Harrison-Gay LB/DE 6-3 220 Laurel, Miss. Northeast Jones
Brandon Hill ATH 6-2 210 Crawford, Miss. West Lowndes
Christian Holmes DB 6-2 235 Puckett, Miss. Puckett
Jeff Howie OL/DL 6-4 330 Medina, Pa. Itawamba CC
Chris Hughes DB 6-0 215 Mobile, Ala. Davidson
Jay Hughes ATH 5-11 175 Hattiesburg, Miss. Oak Grove
Malcolm Johnson WR 6-2 205 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Northridge
Robert Johnson WR 6-0 195 Hattiesburg, Miss. Oak Grove
Eric Lawson OL 6-6 320 Olive Branch, Miss. Olive Branch
Jeremy Lee ATH 5-10 170 Utica, Miss. Hinds AHS
Jameon Lewis ATH 5-9 175 Tylertown, Miss. Tylertown
Jamerson Love DB 5-11 175 Aberdeen, Miss. Aberdeen
Archie Muniz OL 6-5 255 Houston, Texas Cypress Creek
Damien Robinson OL 6-8 330 Olive Branch, Miss. Olive Branch
Curtis Virges DL 6-3 290 West Point, Miss. West Point
Matthew Wells ATH 6-0 190 Monticello, Miss. Lawrence County
Vick Ballard, RB, 5-11, 210, Pascagoula, Miss. (Pascagoula / Miss. Gulf Coast CC)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Named first-team junior college all-America by National Junior College Athletic Association ... Rushed for 1,728 yards and 22 touchdowns during his sophomore season ... Finished season fourth nationally with 144.0 yard-per-game average ... Also named to the 2009 MACJC South All-State First Team Offense and named the 2009 MACJC Most Valuable back ... Helped lead Gulf Coast to a 9-3 record and a No. 8 national ranking in 2009 ... Played for head coach Steve Campbell ... Rushed 84 times for 555 yards (6.6 ypc) and 12 touchdowns as a freshman in 2008.
HIGH SCHOOL: Posted 940 yards rushing and 522 receiving yards during his senior season at Pascagoula High School ... Also scored 17 touchdowns during senior campaign ... Named to G&W Recruiting Report Preseason Watch List prior to senior season ... Played in Max Emfinger All-American Game ... Signed with Jackson State and had an offer from Houston.
PERSONAL: Born July 16, 1990 ... Son of Vick Terry and Katie Ballard ... Uncle Walter Ballard played football at UTEP.
Ferlando Bohanna, LB, 6-0, 230, Memphis, Tenn. (Whitehaven)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 7 prospect in the state of Tennessee regardless of position by Rivals.com … Ranked the 15th best middle linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com … Rated a three-star prospect … Led Coach Rodney Saulsberry's team to a 10-3 record and a trip to the third round of the state playoffs in 2009 ... Named the District 16-AAA defensive player of the year and made the Nashville Tennessean's 2009 Dream Team of the state's top 25 players … He was credited with 85 total tackles as a senior … Also had 13 hits for losses with three sacks and three forced fumbles … Finished his junior season with 75 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three fumbles recovered, two sacks, one fumble caused and one interception … Participated in the Junior U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio … Committed to Mississippi State in November over Clemson, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina and Southern Miss.
PERSONAL: Born September 2, 1991 … Son of Chris and Chaquana Bohanna.
James Carmon, DL, 6-7, 360, Baltimore, Md. (Baltimore City College/Miss. Gulf Coast CC)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Rated nation's top junior college defensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com ... Listed as the No. 8 prospect in the country regardless of position ... Finished 2009 season with 32 tackles and three sacks ... Recorded three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over two seasons ... Played for head coach Steve Campbell and defensive line coach Dorsett Davis.
HIGH SCHOOL: Named all-state, all-metro and all county following junior and senior seasons ... Named Metro Player of the Year in 2008 ... Helped lead City College to a 9-3 record during his senior season ... Played for head coach George Petrides ... Named to G&W Recruiting Report Preseason Watch List prior to senior season.
PERSONAL: Born James Alvin Carmon, Jr. on February 21, 1989 in Baltimore, Md. ... Son of James Carmon Sr. and Angela Carmon.
Michael Carr, ATH, 6-1, 195, West Point, Miss. (West Point)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 5 prospect in the state regardless of position by Rivals.com … Ranked the 23rd best athlete in the nation by ESPN … Received a four-star listing from both ESPN and Rivals … Named the 8th most-wanted recruit in the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger's top 40 … Named to the Clarion-Ledger's first team all-state offense for all classifications at wide receiver … Also named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches 5A All-State first team … Led Coach Chris Chambless' Green Wave to a 14-1 record and 5A state championship … In state championship game, Carr scored on a 64-yard reception and a 78-yard kickoff return … He finished the contest with four catches for 128 yards … Finished his senior campaign with 38 catches for 832 yards and 16 total touchdowns … Defensively he intercepted one pass and had a 35 yard return … Also returned 15 punts for 415 yards with a longest return of 84 yards … Chosen to the Mississippi High School All-Star Game he caught four passes for 53 yards … He was a preseason Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen selection … Chose Mississippi State over Mississippi … Committed in February of his junior year.
PERSONAL: Born Michael Christopher Carr on October 29, 1990 … Son of Fluid Carr, Jr. and Ferecia Carr.
Blaine Clausell, OL, 6-7, 310, Mobile, Ala. (Baker)
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Tim Massengale at Baker High School ... Rated at two stars by both Scout.com and Rivals.com … First player from his high school to play football in the Southeastern Conference ... Recipient of Sherryl Smith Scholarship Award ... First-team all-area ... Committed to Mississippi State in July prior to senior season ... Chose Bulldogs over Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, Troy and UAB.
PERSONAL: Born Blaine Iman Clausell on January 31, 1992 in Mobile ... Son of Leon and Teraca Lang.
Paul Crawford, DL, 6-8, 235, Lewisville, Texas (Hebron)
HIGH SCHOOL: Signed with Mississippi State out of the talent-rich prep ranks of Texas … Finished his senior season with 72 tackles … Named all-district following the 2009 season … Posted 17 tackles from his outside linebacker position in the first game of the season … Played for head coach Brian Brazil at Hebron High School … Hebron missed the Class 5A Playoffs by one game … Standout on the Hebron basketball team also had offers to play collegiately on the hardwood … Chose Mississippi State over Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado State and UTEP among others.
PERSONAL: Born June 18, 1992 … Brother, David, is a wide receiver at Wagner College.
Dillon Day, OL, 6-4, 260, West Monroe, La. (West Monroe)
HIGH SCHOOL: Played offensive tackle for head coach Don Shows at West Monroe, helping lead the Rebels to a state championship appearance his junior year and the 5A state title his senior campaign … West Monroe finished the 2009 season 15-0 and ranked No. 9 nationally, defeating Archbishop Rummel 30-0 in the title game in the Louisiana Superdome … Rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com … Also held scholarship offers from Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe
PERSONAL: Born October 17, 1991 … Son of Marc and Diane Day.
Kaleb Eulls, DL, 6-4, 255, Yazoo City, Miss. (Yazoo County)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked the No. 4 player in the state of Mississippi regardless of position by SuperPrep Magazine … Slotted at No. 5 regardless of position and the top defensive lineman by Scout.com … A four-star rating by both Scout.com and Rivals.com … A consensus all-state selection and a pick to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … Named the 4A Defensive Player of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches … Named to the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen along with being named the paper's sixth most-wanted recruit … As a defensive end he totaled 82 tackles with 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks … Forced one fumble and recovered another … Also handled quarterback on offense and finished his senior year with 721 passing yards … Rushed for 942 yards with 11 touchdowns … Also served as teams punter, averaging 42 yards per boot … Played for head coach Matt Williams … Received national headlines and television appearances after disarming a student on the bus on the way to school … Chose Mississippi State over Mississippi … Also had offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Southern Miss and Tennessee among others … Committed to Mississippi State in July of 2009.
PERSONAL: Born Kaleb Lashun Eulls on June 28, 1991 … Son of Ora Eulls.
Dylan Favre, QB, 5-11, 190, Bay St. Louis, Miss. (St. Stanislaus)
HIGH SCHOOL: Named the 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Mississippi … Named to the prestigious Parade All-America Team … Honored as Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year by Mississippi Association of Coaches … Also named Mississippi Player of the Year and All-State quarterback by the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger … Listed as one of Mississippi's 40 Most Wanted by the Clarion-Ledger … Number 27 prospect regardless of position in the state of Mississippi by SuperPrep … Named the 15th best prospect in the state by the Mississippi Press … Rivals.com rated him as the No. 2 quarterback and the No. 33 prospect in the state regardless of position … Shattered most state passing records … Completed 342 of 529 passes for 5,589 yards and 63 touchdowns as a senior … Also rushed for 1,265 yards and 18 scores as he led coach Forrest Williams' Rockachaws to a 14-1 record and the 4A state title … Tabbed as the All-South offensive player of the year by the Biloxi Sun Herald each of the past two seasons … As a junior, completed 225 of 370 passes for 3,805 yards and a then-state record 45 touchdown passes … Named 2nd team All-State by the Clarion Ledger in 2008 … During his sophomore season, Favre threw for 36 touchdowns 3,092 yards and completed 196 of 322 pass attempts … Chose Mississippi State over Southern Mississippi and Tulane.
PERSONAL: Born Dylan DeWayne Favre on March 19, 1992 … Son of Jeffrey and Rhonda Favre … Nephew of NFL quarterback Brett Favre.
Nick Griffin, RB, 5-11, 195, New Augusta, Miss. (Perry Central)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 10 prospect in the state of Mississippi regardless of position by Rivals.com … Earned a three-star rating from Rivals, Scout and ESPN … Played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … Listed on the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger's 40 Most Wanted List and also a preseason Dandy Dozen Selection … Named first team all-state for all classifications by the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger … Also named first-team All-State on the 3A level by Mississippi Association of Coaches … Led class 3A in rushing with 2,080 yards on 234 carries for head coach Tim Barron in 2009 … Scored 36 touchdowns during his senior season with 31 coming on the ground … Also played defensively as a safety, and as a junior posted 82 tackles with a two sacks and four interceptions … Averaged just under 30.0 yards punting … As a junior, rushed for 720 yards with nine touchdowns on 120 carries … In 2007 he had a breakout season with 1,371 rushing yards on 201 carries and 17 touchdowns … Also posted 64 tackles with an interception on defense … Played for the varsity as a ninth grader with 59 tackles and three sacks … Plays for the PCHS basketball varsity and runs track … Committed to Mississippi State in January over Mississippi … Also had offers from Stanford, Southern Mississippi and Vanderbilt.
PERSONAL: Born Nicholas Cameron Griffin on October 23, 1991 … Son of Joseph and Mae Griffin … Has four siblings Joseph, Kimberly, Latory and Josie Rice.
Corvell Harrison-Gay, LB/DE, 6-3, 220, Laurel, Miss. (Northeast Jones)
HIGH SCHOOL: Listed as the top linebacker prospect in the state of Mississippi by Rivals.com and No. 2 linebacker by Scout.com … Rated the No. 23 prospect regardless of position in Mississippi by Scout.com … Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game … Listed on the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger's 40 Most Wanted List … Earned all-state honors in Class 4A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches … Named second-team All-State regardless of classification by the Clarion-Ledger … All-Jones County team pick of the Laurel Leader Call … All-Area selection of WDAM-TV … For the 2009 season he led NEJHS on defense with 85 tackles in ten games … Playing tight end he caught eight passes for 82 yards with a pair of touchdown receptions, one each in games with Class 5A state finalists West Jones and Wayne County … Played for head coach Robert Hathorn at Northeast Jones … Committed to Mississippi State in December of 2009.
PERSONAL: Born Corvell Vermaine Gay on March 22, 1991 … Son of Ollie and Michelle Michelle Harrison.
Brandon Hill, ATH, 6-2, 210, Crawford, Miss. (West Lowdnes)
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned a four-star ranking by ESPN.com and listed as the No. 24 athlete in the nation by that recruiting service … Listed by Scout.com as the No. 22 prospect in the state regardless of position … Listed on the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger's 40 Most Wanted recruits … Finished his senior season with 23 catches for 269 yards and two touchdowns on offense … Defensively registered 64 tackles with one sack … Also picked off three passes and returned one for a touchdown … Recovered three fumbles, broke up three passes and tallied three tackles for loss … Played for head coach Chris Chambless at West Point … Became one of the Bulldogs' first commitments of the class as he committed in February of 2009 … Chose Mississippi State over Mississippi … Also considered by Arkansas and Southern Mississippi … Also received baseball and track scholarship offers from several schools.
PERSONAL: Born Brandon D. Hill on May 26, 1991 … Son of Brandon Hill and LaTonya Bush.
Christian Holmes, LB, 6-2, 235, Puckett, Miss. (Puckett)
HIGH SCHOOL: Class 2A All-Metro selection by the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger … Recorded 107 tackles during his senior season at Puckett Attendance Center … Also tallied four sacks, intercepted two passes, forced four fumbles and recovered three of them … A two-way player in high school, he added 388 yards receiving and nine touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball … Helped lead the Wolves to a 11-2 record in 2009 … Chose Mississippi State over Mississippi … Also had offers Southern Mississippi and Memphis … Committed to Mississippi State in January.
PERSONAL: Born Christian Joseph Holmes on June 16, 1992 … Son of Kristi Holmes.
Jeff Howie, OL/DL, 6-4, 330, Medina, Pa. (Itawamba CC / Fork Union Military Academy / Downingtown (Pa.) West)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Earned a three-star rating from both Scout.com and Rivals.com … Earned all-state honors at Itawamba Community College as a freshman on the offensive line … Moved to defensive tackle and earned first-team honors as a sophomore … Due to a broken hand, played in just six games in 2009 but still managed 38 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and five sacks … Committed to Mississippi State in January … Also received scholarship offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Ohio, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Troy and Western Kentucky.
HIGH SCHOOL: Made 32 solo tackles and three sacks in 2006 under head coach Mike Milano at Downingtown West High School to help team to a 10-2 record and a playoff berth ... Earned first-team All-Chesmont and all-area honors ... Played both offensive tackle and defensive tackle ... Selected to play in the 2007 PSFCA East-West All-Star Game and the 2007 Valor Bowl All-Star Game … Signed with Temple after high school career before attending Fork Union Military Academy … Was ranked in the Rivals.com prep school Top 50 following only season at the Virginia institution.
PERSONAL: Born Jeffrey A. Howie on September 3, 1988...Son of George Howie.
Chris Hughes, DB, 6-0, 215, Mobile, Ala. (Davidson)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked four-star prospect by ESPN.com and listed as the No. 16 safety prospect in the nation by that service … Ranked the 25th best prospect in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com and as the 30th ranked senior in the state by Scout.com … Rated the No. 49 safety prospect in the country by Rivals … Suffered a leg injury prior to his senior season and saw limited playing time … As a junior, recorded 118 tackles with 71 solo … Also posted seven tackles for a loss with a sack … Caused two fumbles, intercepted three passes and was credited with two pass breakups and four hurries … Committed to Mississippi State in January of 2010 … Played for head coach Fred Riley at Davidson High School … Also held offers from Clemson, Arkansas, South Carolina, Louisville, Mississippi, Southern Miss and Kansas State.
PERSONAL: Born Christopher Brian Hughes on August 11, 1991 … Son of Chawnerick Winbush.
Jay Hughes, ATH, 5-11, 175, Hattiesburg, Miss. (Oak Grove)
HIGH SCHOOL: Listed as a top-100 national running back by Scout.com … Ranked the 14th prospect regardless of position in the state of Mississippi by Scout … Earned a three-star ranking by Scout, Rivals.com and ESPN.com … Named to the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger's 40 Most Wanted Recruits list … Selected to play running back in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … Named to the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger's second team all-state team comprised of all classifications … Playing for Coach Nevil Barr he helped Oak Grove to an 11-3 record with championships of both Region 3 and South State to reach the Class 6A State Finals … . WDAM-TV named him to their All-Area first team, and he was second-team All-Area by the Hattiesburg American newspaper … During 2009 senior season, rushed 143 times for 856 yards … Also recorded four rushing touchdowns … Transferred to Oak Grove HS for his junior season in 2008 … Made an immediate impact by rushing for 980 yards on 172 carries … Scored 17 rushing touchdowns as the Warriors finished 12-2 and reached the South State title game … Played for head coach Nevil Barr at Oak Grove … Played in 2007 at Oxford (Miss.) High School … Committed to Mississippi State in December of 2009 … Also held offers from Auburn, Duke, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Tulsa, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
PERSONAL: Born Jay Khalil Hughes on November 21, 1991 … Son of Tony and Marion Hughes … Father is safeties coach and recruiting coordinator for Mississippi State.
Malcolm Johnson, WR, 6-2, 205, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Northridge)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN.com … ESPN.com lists him as the No. 75 wide receiver prospect in the nation … Rivals.com has him as the No. 33 recruit in the state of Alabama regardless of position … Most Valuable Player at Rivals Ultimate 100 Camps in both Birmingham and Atlanta … During his senior season, Johnson caught 39 passes for 598 yards and scored eight touchdowns … Played for head coach Michael Smith … Also rushed for 137 yards on 30 carries and completed two of three pass attempts … Hauled in 41 receptions for 492 yards and nine touchdowns during junior season … Standout on the basketball court as well for the Jaguars … Committed to Mississippi State in July of 2009.
PERSONAL: Born Malcolm Jamaine Johnson on August 11, 1992 … Son of James and Genesis Johnson.
Robert Johnson, WR, 6-0, 195, Hattiesburg, Miss. (Oak Grove)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked the fifth most-coveted player in the state of Mississippi in the Mississippi Press' Fantastic 15 … No. 9 prospect in the state of Mississippi regardless of position by Rivals.com … No. 10 prospect according to SuperPrep Magazine … No. 11 prospect in the state according to Scout.com … A four-star recruit according to Rivals.com and a three-star pick by Scout.com and ESPN.com … The consensus second-ranked wide receiver in the state of Mississippi in the 2010 class … Member of the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger 40 Most Wanted Recruits … Second-team All-State in all classifications according to the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger … During senior season caught 28 passes for 529 yards with a long of 70 yards and a pair of scores … Also had 167 carries for 798 yards and nine touchdowns … Helped lead Warriors to the Class 6A state title game … Caught six passes for 78 yards in the state championship against South Panola … Member of the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen … Selected to play in the Mississippi High School All-Star Game … As a junior caught 48 passes for 632 yards and four scores … Also rushed for 276 yards and four TDs on 31 carries … Committed to Mississippi State in December of 2009 .. Also held offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi, Southern Mississippi and West Virginia.
PERSONAL: Born Robert Earl Johnson II on August 1, 1991 … Son of Robert, Sr. and Joanne Johnson.
Eric Lawson, OL, 6-6, 320, Olive Branch, Miss. (Olive Branch)
HIGH SCHOOL: The No. 30 prospect in the state of Mississippi according to Rivals.com … Named to the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger 40 Most Wanted List … A three-star prospect according to ESPN.com … Helped lead head coach Scott Samsel's Conquistadors to the third round of the playoffs … Named first team Mississippi High School Activities Association Region 1 Class 6A Team … Earned Shelby Metro All-Suburban Team honors from the Memphis Commercial Appeal … Played his junior season at Terry (Miss.) High School … Committed to Texas Tech in October of 2009 before selecting Mississippi State in February … Also had an offer from Memphis and considered Southern Mississippi.
Jeremy Lee, ATH, 5-10, 170, Utica, Miss. (Hinds AHS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Do-everything athlete at Hinds Agricultural High School … Led the Bulldogs to berth in the Class 2A Playoffs … Rushed 77 times for 558 yards and four touchdowns … Pulled in 13 passes for 149 receiving yards … Also completed two passes on the year … Defensively, made 35 tackles and intercepted a pair of passes … Also punted 12 times and returned three kickoffs for 41 yards for head coach Mike Fields' squad … Chose Mississippi State in January of 2010 … Also held offers from Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi.
PERSONAL: Born March 2, 1992 … Son of Felicia Lee.
Jameon Lewis, ATH, 5-9, 175, Tylertown, Miss. (Tylertown)
HIGH SCHOOL: Named first-team all-classification All-State by the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger on defense … Also named the Mississippi Association of Coaches Offensive Player of the Year in 3A … Rated the No. 24 prospect in the state of Mississippi regardless of position by Scout.com … Listed on the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger's 40 Most Wanted recruits … A three-star recruit according to both Rivals.com and ESPN.com … Led the undefeated Chiefs of Coach Walter Denton, who won 15 straight games en route to the school's first Class 3A championship … One of the two quarterbacks chosen for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game roster … In the 3A championship game against Aberdeen he had a hand in all five Chiefs touchdowns, rushing for two scores including the game-clincher on a fourth-down dash, and passing for three more … During his senior season he was 75-of-137 passing for 1,161 yards with 13 touchdowns … Rushed 200 times for 1,182 yards and 18 touchdowns … As a junior he helped THS go 12-1 and capture its first-ever South State championship
PERSONAL: Born Jameon Kalchevis Lewis on November 26, 1991 … Son of Roy Walker and Tyrone Lewis … His father played football at Louisiana State.
Jamerson Love, DB, 5-11, 175, Aberdeen, Miss. (Aberdeen)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 22 prospect in the state regardless of position by Rivals.com … A three-star athlete according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com … Named first-team All-State all-classification by the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger on defense … Selected to participate in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game at safety … Named first-team all-state by the Mississippi Association of Coaches at running back … His senior season he led Aberdeen to a 13-3 record and the 3A championship game … In the state title game against Tylertown he carried 13 times for 131 yards and scored on a 34-yard touchdown dash … He was the third-leading rusher in Class 3A as a senior, finishing the year with 1,773 yards on 195 carries … He scored 21 rushing touchdowns in 2009 and added six receiving scores … His 18 catches resulted in 434 yards … As a junior he helped Aberdeen reach the 3A championship game … Rushed for for 787 yards on 57 carries with 15 touchdowns in 2008 … Also caught ten passes for 224 more yards and three scores.
PERSONAL: Born Jamerson Valentino Love on November 6, 1990 … Son of James Love and Maggie Walker.
Archie Muniz, OL, 6-5, 255, Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN.com … Listed as the No. 30 offensive tackle in the country according to ESPN … Unanimous first-team All-District selection from District 15 in Class 5A for 2009 … Helped lead Coach Greg McCaig's Cypress Creek High School to consecutive District Championships … Helped lead the Cougars to their latest District 15 championship with a 6-1 record, while his team posted an overall 9-1 mark for the regular season in Class 5A before a first-round loss in the playoffs … For the 2009 season he was credited with a 90% blocking grade and over 50 pancake blocks in ten games … As a junior in 2008 graded out at 84% on his blocks with 43 pancakes … Earned second-team All-District 15-5A his junior season … Chose Mississippi State in January with offers from across the nation including Arizona State, Colorado State, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Rice, Southern Methodist, Tulane, Utah, UTEP, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
PERSONAL: Born Ariel Ivan Muniz on May 12, 1992 … Son of Ariel and Ana Muniz.
Damien Robinson, OL, 6-8, 330, Olive Branch, Miss. (Olive Branch)
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio … Ranked No. 3 on the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger 40 Most Wanted prospects … Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and listed as that recruiting service's No. 3 recruit in the state of Mississippi … Member of the Rivals 250 … Selected to represent Mississippi at the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … Named first team all-state for all classifications by the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger … Also named first-team all-state in 6A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches … Rated No. 9 offensive lineman in the nation and assigned four-stars by Scout.com and is that organization's No. 2 prospect in the state of Mississippi … Rated No. 2 prospect in the state by SuperPrep Magazine … Helped lead head coach Scott Samsel's Conquistadors to the third round of the playoffs … Chose Mississippi State over Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and UAB.
PERSONAL: Born May 22, 1991 ... Son of Alice Robinson.
Curtis Virges, DL, 6-3, 290, West Point, Miss. (West Point)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.com … Listed as the No. 14 prospect in the state of Mississippi by Rivals.com … Scout.com ranks him as the No. 17 prospect in the state regardless of position … Member of the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger 40 Most Wanted Recruits … Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … Named first-team all-state for all classifications by the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger … Named first-team all-state in Class 5A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches … Listed among state's most wanted players by the Mississippi Press … Helped lead head coach Chris Chambliss' Green Wave to a Class 5A state championship … Named the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal regional Defensive Player of the Year … In the state championship game, tallied nine solo tackles with a quarterback sack … On the season he posted 82 total tackles and 14 sacks … Played both defensive tackle and offensive guard during sophomore and junior seasons … Chose Mississippi State over Mississippi … Committed to Mississippi State in July of 2009 … Also received offers from Southern Mississippi and UAB.
PERSONAL: Born Curtis Maurice Virges, Jr. on March 27, 1992 … Son of Curtis Virges, Sr. and Carsandra Virges.
Matthew Wells, ATH, 6-0, 190, Monticello, Miss. (Lawrence County)
HIGH SCHOOL: Listed as the No. 4 Most Wanted Prospect in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger … Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … Listed as the No. 6 prospect in the state regardless of position by Scout.com … A four-star prospect and the No. 17 running back in the nation according to Scout.com … A three-star selection by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com … The No. 11 prospect in the state on the Mississippi Press Fantastic 15 … Preseason member of the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen … Named first-team all-state in Class 4A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches … Despite missing four games during senior season due to injury, finished with 1,050 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns … Also credited with 36 tackles and four interceptions … Rushed for 1,352 yards as a junior on 113 carries and scored 21 touchdowns … Also starred on the Lawrence County High School basketball team … Committed to Mississippi State over Mississippi in January of 2010 … Had offers from Southern Mississippi, Tennessee and Stanford.
PERSONAL: Born Matthew Sean Wells on November 26, 1990 … Son of Perrin Wells and LaTriece Smith.