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2014 Southern Miss signing class

Southern Miss Athletics Press Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss announced today its football signing class for the 2014 season:

 

2014 Southern Miss Signees

Quade Alexander

DB | 6-0 | 165 | Florence, Ala. (Florence HS)

 

Cornell Armstrong

DB | 5-11 | 175 | Bassfield, Miss. (Bassfield HS)

 

Thomas Collins *

OL | 6-4 | 320 | Jackson, Miss. (Hinds CC)

 

Daythan Davis

H-Back | 6-1 | 235 | Cresson, Texas (Aledo HS)

 

Matthew Davis

DE | 6-2 | 240 | Batesville, Miss. (South Panola HS)

 

Walden Davis III

DB | 5-10 | 190 | Suwannee, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge HS)

 

Jon Michael Edwards

DE | 6-4 | 230 | Montgomery, Ala. (Carver HS)

 

Kyle Foster

WR | 6-3 | 225 | Ann Arbor, Mich. (Dodge City (Kan.) CC)

 

Aaron Harris

LB | 6-0 | 225 | Norcross, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge HS)

 

Xavier Marion

DB | 6-0 | 185 | Ridgeland, Miss. (Ridgeland HS)

 

Hayden McMahan

OL | 6-4 | 260 | Wilmer, Ala. (Faith Aca.)

 

Curtis Mikell

ATH | 5-8 | 165 | Bassfield, Miss. (Bassfield HS)

 

Jordan Mitchell

ATH | 6-2 | 185 | Hattiesburg, Miss. (Oak Grove HS)

 

Picasso Nelson Jr. *

DB | 5-11 | 180 | Hattiesburg, Miss. (Oak Grove HS)

 

Norman Price *

OL | 6-5 | 315 | Vicksburg, Miss. (Hinds CC)

 

Gunner Roach

QB | 6-1 | 180 | Mobile, Ala. (UMS-Wright Prep)

 

Korey Robertson

WR | 6-1 | 200 | Greenwood, Miss. (Greenwood HS)

 

Jeremy Sangster

LB | 6-0 | 225 | Louisville, Miss. (Louisville HS)

 

Ito Smith

RB | 5-9 | 185 | Semmes, Ala. (McGill-Toolen Catholic HS)

 

Michael Thomas

WR | 6-1 | 195 | Chicago, Ill. (Dodge City (Kan.) CC)

 

Jayshawn Washington

H-Back | 6-1 | 230 | Marrero, La. (John Ehret HS)

 

J.T. Williams

DT | 6-2 | 290 | Denton, Texas (Ryan HS)

 

Darian Yancey *

LB | 6-1 | 210 | Auburn, Ala. (Auburn HS)

* – Enrolled at Southern Miss during Spring 2014 Semester

 

 

Signee Sketches

Quade Alexander

DB | 6-0 | 165 | Florence, Ala. (Florence HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Two stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: Position – 167; State – 63 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       Helped lead FHS to a 9-4 record as a senior

-       Reached 6A State Quarterfinals before falling 22-21 to Hoover

 

Cornell Armstrong

DB | 5-11 | 175 | Bassfield, Miss. (Bassfield HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Three stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: Position – 119; State – 40 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       Rankings: National – 290; State – 9 (MaxPreps.com)

-       Helped lead Bassfield HS to a Class 2A State Championship

-       Clarion Ledger Second Team All-State; Hattiesburg American First Team All-State

-       Career stats: 62 total tackles (46 solo), six interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries

-       As a senior, played in 14 games, recording 32 total tackles (20 solo) with two interceptions, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries

-       As a junior, played in 12 games, making 19 tackles (16 solo tackles) with a tackle for loss, three interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery

-       As a sophomore, played in five games with 11 tackles (10 solo) with an interception and three pass deflections

 

Thomas Collins *

OL | 6-4 | 320 | Jackson, Miss. (Hinds CC)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Two stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: National – 305; Position – 35; State – 44 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       Helped Hinds CC to a 7-3 record and a berth in the Brazos Valley Bowl this fall

-       Hinds totaled 421.6 yards per game average which was good for No. 16 nationally in the NJCAA, while the Bulldogs also finished No. 11 in the nation in rushing yards with 2,337

-       Prepped at Forest Hills High School and earned Second Team All-State honors by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College Coaches (MACJC)

 

Daythan Davis

H-Back | 6-1 | 235 | Cresson, Texas (Aledo HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Two stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: Position – 15; State – 440 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       Plans to major in political science or public policy at Southern Miss and then apply to law school afterward

-       Helped Aledo HS to a 16-0 overall record, 7-0 league mark, No. 13 National Rank and No. 4 Texas Rank as a senior

-       As a senior, rushed for 684 yards and 15 touchdowns on 88 carries; also caught eight passes for 73 yards and a touchdown

-       Helped pave the way for the team to rush for more than 337 yards per game in 2013

-       Also saw time as an inside linebacker for Aledo

 

Matthew Davis

DE | 6-2 | 240 | Batesville, Miss. (South Panola HS)

-       Clarion Ledger All-State (First Team)

-       Career stats: Made 107 total tackles, including 106 solo tackles with 12.0 sacks, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry

-       As a senior, played in 14 games, making 49 tackles (all solo), including 12 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks

-       As a junior, made 50 tackles with 5.0 sacks, one fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry

-       As a sophomore, made eight tackles (seven solo tackles) in five games played

 

Walden Davis III

DB | 5-10 | 190 | Suwannee, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Three starts (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: National – 793; Position – 65; State – 72 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       As a senior, 61 total tackles (52 solo tackles), with 7.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions and a forced fumble

-       As a junior, 420 yards rushing on 79 carries (5.32 yards per carry / 52.5 yards per game) with two rushing touchdowns

-       As a sophomore, 260 yards rushing on 45 carries (5.78 yards per carry), one reception for 27 yards and a receiving touchdown

 

Jon Michael Edwards

DE | 6-4 | 230 | Montgomery, Ala. (Carver HS)

-       Three stars (Rivals.com)

-       Three stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: Position – 52; State – 29 (247sports.com)

-       Three stars (Scout.com)

-       Rankings: National – 121 (Scout.com)

-       Career stats: 152 total tackles (101 solo), 16.5 sacks, one forced fumble and six quarterback hurries

-       As a senior, made 77 total tackles (56 solo) with 12.5 sacks, one forced fumble and five quarterback hurries

-       As a junior, made 45 total tackles (24 solo) with 2.0 sacks and a quarterback hurry

-       As a sophomore, made 30 total tackles (21 solo) with 2.0 sacks  in seven games played

-       Played in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in December 2013 in Dallas

 

Kyle Foster

WR | 6-3 | 225 | Ann Arbor, Mich. (Dodge City (Kan.) CC)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Two stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: National – 355; Position – 42; State – 53 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       In 2013, played in five games making 12 receptions for 75 yards with a long of 27 yards; Also rushed twice for 11 yards

-       Originally signed with Syracuse out of high school

 

Aaron Harris

LB | 6-0 | 225 | Norcross, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Two stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: Position – 83; State – 181 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       Career stats: 96 total tackles (65 solo) with 2.0 sacks

-       As a senior, 82 total tackles (55 solo), including 8.0 tackles for loss with three fumble recoveries in 12 games played

-       As a junior, 14 total tackles (10 solo) with 2.0 sacks

 

Xavier Marion

DB | 6-0 | 185 | Ridgeland, Miss. (Ridgeland HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Two stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: Position – 219; State – 56 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       Clarion Ledger All-Metro Team

-       Career statistics (receiving): 1,507 receiving yards on 109 catches (13.83 per reception / 53.8 per game) with 18 receiving touchdowns and 24 total touchdowns

-       Career statistics (rushing): 250 yards rushing on 31 carries (8.07 yards per carry)with four touchdowns and a career long 42 yard rush

-       Career statistics (defense): 108 total tackles (47 solo) with 2.0 tackles for loss, including a sack for a 13-yard loss with three interceptions for 49 yards, 12 pass defenses, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles

-       Career statistics (special teams): 15 kickoff returns for 312 yards (20.80 average); 16 punt returns for 139 yards (8.69 average)

 

Hayden McMahan

OL | 6-4 | 260 | Wilmer, Ala. (Faith Acad)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       Was a quarterback as a sophomore before moving to tight end and eventually to offensive line

 

Curtis Mikell

ATH | 5-8 | 165 | Bassfield, Miss. (Bassfield HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Hattiesburg American All-Area (First Team)

-       As a senior, rushed for 153 yards on 13 carries and ran in a touchdown; also had eight catches for 289 yards and four touchdown receptions

-       On defense, collected 34 tackles and came away with three interceptions and 11 pass deflections

 

Jordan Mitchell

ATH | 6-2 | 185 | Hattiesburg, Miss. (Oak Grove HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Helped Oak Grove win the Class 6A State Championship

-       Career stats: 76 catches for 1,347 yards with 10 touchdowns

-       As a senior, despite missing seven games during senior season, finished the year with 54 catches for 1,013 yards and nine touchdowns

-       Posted 10 catches for 265 yards and four touchdowns against Hattiesburg HS as a senior

 

Picasso Nelson Jr. *

DB | 5-11 | 180 | Hattiesburg, Miss. (Oak Grove HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Two stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: Position – 311; State – 51 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       Hattiesburg American All-Area (First Team)

-       Career statistics: 31 total tackles (28 solo) with four interceptions for 35 yards and seven pass defenses; 262 receiving yards on 16 catches (16.38 yards per reception) with four receiving touchdowns

-       As a senior, 23 total tackles (21 solo) and three pass deflections

 

Norman Price *

OL | 6-5 | 315 | Vicksburg, Miss. (Hinds CC)

-       Three stars (Rivals.com)

-       Three stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: National – 90; Position Ranking – 13; State – 18 (247sports.com)

-       Three stars (Scout.com)

-       Helped Hinds CC to a 7-3 record and a berth in the Brazos Valley Bowl this fall

-       Hinds totaled 421.6 yards per game average which was good for No. 16 nationally in the NJCAA, while the Bulldogs also finished No. 11 in the nation in rushing yards with 2,337

-       Earned both First-Team All-Region 23 and All-State honors by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College Coaches (MACJC)

 

Gunner Roach

QB | 6-1 | 180 | Mobile, Ala. (UMS-Wright Prep)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Three stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: Position – 82; State – 58 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       All-Coastal Alabama (Honorable Mention)

-       Career statistics: 353 completions on 599 attempts for 5,103 passing yards with 39 passing touchdowns

-       As a senior, 152-of-241 for 2,181 yards and 17 touchdowns for a passer rating of 102

-       As a junior, 130-of-208 for 1,875 yards and 16 touchdowns for a passer rating of 103

-       As a sophomore, 68-of-133 for 1,034 yards and six touchdowns

-       Career statistics (rushing): 623 yards on 228 carries (2.73 average) with 22 touchdowns

-       Led UMS-Wright to the Class 4A State Championship as a junior and a spot in the semifinals in 2013

 

Korey Robertson

WR | 6-1 | 200 | Greenwood, Miss. (Greenwood HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Three stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: Position – 218; State – 42 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       Career statistics: 147 receptions for 2,340 yards (15.92 average) and 26 touchdowns; 41 total tackles (26 solo) with three interceptions a forced fumble and a pass deflected

-       As a senior, 50 receptions for 775 yards (15.50 average) and six touchdowns

-       As a junior, 54 receptions for 871 yards (16.13 average) and 11 touchdowns

-       As a sophomore, 38 receptions for 608 yards (16.00 average) and nine touchdowns

-       As a freshman, 25 total tackles (20 solo) with an interception

-       Competed in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game in December (2013)

 

Jeremy Sangster

LB | 6-0 | 225 | Louisville, Miss. (Louisville HS)

-       As a junior and senior, averaged right at 200 tackles a year

-       Led Louisville to a Class 4A State Championship as a senior

-       Clarion Ledger All-State (First Team)

-       Earned a starting position at linebacker for Team Mississippi during the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Classic as a senior

-       Led Louisville HS to the Class 4A State Championship as a captain of the defense

-       Career statistics: 475 total tackles (318 solo) with 28.0 sacks, three interceptions and seven forced fumbles

-       As a senior, 161 total tackles (106 solo) with 18.0 sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles

-       As a junior, 228 total tackles (161 solo) with 7.0 sacks, one interception and four forced fumbles

-       As a sophomore, 71 total tackles (40 solo) with 3.0 sacks, one quarterback hurry and a pass deflection

-       As a freshman, 15 total tackles (11 solo) with one interception and one pass deflection in three games

 

Ito Smith

RB | 5-9 | 185 | Semmes, Ala. (McGill-Toolen Catholic HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Three stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: Position – 71; State – 28 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       Mobile Press-Register's Coastal Alabama Offensive Player of the Year (2013)

-       As a senior, 255 carries for 1,803 and 24 rushing touchdowns

-       Also had 27 receptions for 383 yards (14.19 average) and five receiving touchdowns as a senior

-       Led MTCHS to the Class 6A semifinals

 

Michael Thomas

WR | 6-1 | 195 | Chicago, Ill. (Dodge City (Kan.) CC)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Two stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: National – 270; Position – 32; State – 39 (247sports.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       In 2013, led DCCC with 42 receptions for 709 yards (70.9 yards per game / 16.9 average) with three touchdowns in 10 games

 

Jayshawn Washington

H-Back | 6-1 | 230 | Marrero, La. (John Ehret HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       Helped JEHS to a 10-3 record as a senior, including a 6-0 league mark and a Louisiana ranking of No. 40

-       Spent time at receiver as well as defensive end and outside linebacker for the Patriots in 2013

 

J.T. Williams

DT | 6-2 | 290 | Denton, Texas (Ryan HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Two stars (Scout.com)

-       Rankings: Position – 101 (Scout.com)

-       67 total tackles, including 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and two forced fumbles

 

Darian Yancey *

LB | 6-1 | 210 | Auburn, Ala. (Auburn HS)

-       Two stars (Rivals.com)

-       Three stars (247sports.com)

-       Rankings: Position – 114; State – 53 (247sports.com)

-       Three stars (Scout.com)

-       Rankings: National – 149 (Scout.com)

-       Career statistics: 59 total tackles (52 solo) with 10.5 sacks and two interceptions

-       As a senior, 34 total tackles (27 solo) with 3.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception, helping Auburn HS to a 13-2 record

-       As a junior, 25 total tackles (25 solo) with 7.5 sacks and one interception

-       ASWA Player of the Week vs. (rival) Opelika – interception for touchdown; 2.0 tackles for loss

-       6A State Championship Runner-Up

 

 

* – Enrolled at Southern Miss during Spring 2014 Semester

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