Signing Day Review: QB, RB, OL

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Quarterback

MSU entered the 2013 siging class in dire need of signal callers. With only 2 scholarship QB’s and the departure of Jamil Golden for academic reasons, this became a crucial need. This was addressed with 2 quality prospects.

Cord Sandberg (4 star)- 6’2 200 dual threat QB from Bradenton, Florida. He committed over the summer and stuck with his decision.  Seems to be the perfect fit for Mullen’s offense and a Tebow clone.  Professional baseball is a concern but it will take top 3 round money to get him to sign. Playing outfield lends me to believe he could end up at MSU. A pitcher or infielder with his pro rating would be gone. Huge pickup for MSU and every bit worth the risk involved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mUWelpOmuc

Damien Williams (3 star)- 6’1 215 dual threat QB from Metairie, Louisiana. He flipped to MSU the week before signing day from USM. He also had offers from Kansas State and Nebraska.  MSU really needed a second QB anyway but much more so after Cord’s rise in MLB draft status. Calling this kid a backup plan does not do him justice. Touted by many as the best high school QB in Louisiana this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAVtOASAENE

Running Back

MSU entered this class not really needing more than 1 RB. We would have taken 2 if Kailo would have stayed on board but there is no doubt MSU got the best RB in Mississippi and one of the best in the south. Don’t take my word, ask Rueben Foster. He saw first-hand how hard Ashton runs when he got run over in the the Ms/Ala all-star game.

Ashton Shumpert (4 star)- 6’2 212 big back from Tupelo, Mississippi. Extremely gifted athlete for his size.  Runs extremely hard. Many MSU fans have been hoping for a powerful back to emerge and Shumpert represents that for the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8nE2TmgcoI

Offensive Line

MSU entered 2013 trying to sign 3-4 more big uglies as they do every year.  O-line is hard to project so picking up a few every year is imperative. MSU ended up with 3 this year but wanted 4. The last minute loss was Deon Mix. Of the 4 he had the worst feet but he was a big strong kid from South Panola. You just don’t want to miss on that. Unfortunately we did, but we got some good ones.

Jake Thomas (4 star)- 6’5 300 tackle from Columbus, Mississippi. A big kid with a good frame and good feet.  Thomas came into the year with a lot of hype, hence the 4 stars, but played injured the whole year and had a somewhat quiet senior season. He first turned eyes on the camp circuit and garnered attention for his dominant performance against Channing Ward as a Jr. He probably projects at RT or guard.

(couldn’t find highlight but found an interview) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d85xycH5Hww

Kent Flowers (3 star)- 6’4.5 295 from Hollandale, Mississippi. He first caught coach’s attentions with his athleticism in the camp circuit. Flowers is raw but has great feet, athleticism, and frame.  The sky is the limit for him. I think he is our LT to-be behind Blaine Clausell.

(couldn’t find highlights but found an interview) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-3j7SallY0

Jamaal Clayborn (3 star)- 6’3 315 from Flowood, Ms. Another really big kid with decent feet. Committed to MSU early in the process and shut down his recruitment. Had a good senior year for Jackson Academy.  A really smart kid who I think ends up at C because he can has the smarts to be the “QB of the line”.

(interview with a couple highlights) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA42QPWKA4o

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