Signing Day Review: WR


MSU graduated 5 senior WR’s from the 2012 roster with 4 of those being heavy contributors. Dan Mullen’s spread offense requires there to be an abundance of WR’s on the roster.  Heading in to this class everyone knew that WR was a huge need and MSU took great measures to meet that need signing 6 and possibly 7 depending on where Brandon Wells ends up. I think its safety so I’ll profile him there. When you look at this list a few thing jumps out: stars and size. MSU signed 2 high end guys and all of the rest have great size. The one miss was 4 star Corey Smith of EMCC. He could have provided immediate help in the slot but my sources were not thrilled about him from the beginning and do not consider him a huge loss for a myriad of reasons. MSU also signed 1 TE that is profiled at the end.

Jeremey Chapelle (3 star)- 6’2 212 from Tyler, Texas. Chappelle is the lone juco WR from Tyler JC and should help immediately. He is a big physical receiver who attacks the football and uses his body to shield off DB’s. Look for him to challenge for a starting position come fall.

Fred Ross (4 star)- 6’2 185 from Tyler, Texas. Ross flipped from Oklahoma State to MSU 1 day before NSD. Great pickup for MSU.  Ross is a big time talent from a big time program in Texas. Great size and is very polished for a high school WR. Expect him to challenge for playing time in the fall.

Donald Gray (4 star)- 5’10 180 from Memphis, Tennessee. Gray is a speed demon who has the ability to score on every touch. Academics kept his recruitment under the radar but he emerged in the classroom late and MSU’s persistence paid off. National 247 analysts said he is arguably the best player in Tennessee.

Shelby Christy (3 star)- 6’3 190 from Geismar, Louisiana. No doubt the most underrated WR in this class. Christy was hands down the best WR at Big Dawg Camp. Big physical WR with good speed. Plays the ball very well and has the physical appearance of being “college ready” for a high school kid. With limited upper classman, I wouldn’t be surprised if Christy breaks the rotation as a true freshman.

BJ Hammond (3 star)- 6’4 210 from Gadsden, Alabama. Hammond is an under the radar prospect because of the run heavy offense he played in.  Hammond did enough on the camp circuit for MSU to offer and get an early commitment. Hammond is very self-confident and was one of our best recruiters last year. He is all bulldog. Very raw and may need some time to develop.

(I had to post an interview for yall. He has “swag”)

De’Runnya Wilson (3 star)– 6’5 212 from Birmingham, Alabama.  There may not be a WR signed in 2013 in this class with more upside than Wilson. He has been a lifelong basketball star who just started playing football. Freakish athlete with his mixture of size, speed, agility, and ball skills. He is extremely raw and will need some coaching but he could very well end up being the jewel of this WR class. He also plans to walk on the basketball team.

(steal and reverse jam)

Artimas Samuel (2 star)- 6’2 250 from Columbus, Georgia. Orinally committed to MSU last year but needed 1 year of prep school where he was the teammate of current signee Kivon Coman. Samuel will probably end up being used as a TE in our offense. Simply grew out of WR after high school. Had a bunch of big time offers as a JR but academic issues slowed his recruitment down. A big, strong kid with good hands who is a steal for MSU.

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