Signing Day Review: DL, LB, & DB


MSU went heavy on the front 7 in the class of 2012 so DL and LB were not big priorities this cycle. CB on the other hand was. With the graduation of Jon Banks and Darius Slay, MSU needed to find some young talent to add to the roster. Regarding DL recruiting, we saw the jewel of our class in Chris Jones. MSU’s LB recruiting is showing a trend to take high school QB’s who have size and athleticism and mold them in to LB’s. At corner we saw perhaps our biggest miss of this recruiting cycle: Mackensie Alexander. After certain media outlets reported his commitment on his visit, MSU fans felt confident. I thought we stood a great chance but my theory is that losing Deon Mix late hurt with Alexander because they had been friends since their all-star game. All in all, still a good haul of talent on the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive Line

Chris Jones (5 star)– 6’5 250 from Houston, Mississippi. Jones was rated as the 2nd best prospect in America by 247 sports. Jones committed to MSU in the summer and stayed true despite a crazy recruitment at the end. Many national analysts have said Jones has more upside than any other player in this class. A rare blend of size, speed, athleticism, and aggressive streak have MSU fans excited that we now have a Jadaveon Clowney type talent. I said in early fall he would close the gap in ratings with Nkemdiche and he did (was ridiculed by Rebel fans).

(couldn’t find highlights so just interview)


Dezmond Harris (3 star)– 6’3 220 from Mccalla, Alabama. Harris played quarterback for a run oriented team so his recruitment was based on projection. Season was cut short by an ACL tear but he is progressing from the injury. He impressed MSU coaches at Big Dawg Camp while working with LB’s and earned an offer and he soon after committed. Doesn’t have quite the size but Harris reminds me of a Benardrick Mckinney type prospect. He was expected to redshirt so the injury wasn’t devastating.

Defensive Back

Justin Cox (4 star)- 6’2 185 from West Point, Mississippi. Cox originally signed with MSU out of high school but did not qualify and rejoins the team as a juco transfer who is already in school now. Big time athlete in high school and juco. Has the versatility to play either safety or corner, which we need help at both. It will be interesting to see where he ends up but Mullen did say in the NSD presser that he would start off at CB. Expect immediate impact.

Kivon Coman (3 star)- 6’1 200 from Florence, Alabama. Coman originally signed with MSU last year but attended Hargrave for 1 year to reach academic qualifier status. He is the cousin of current bulldog Beni Brown. Coman has good size for the defensive backfield. He plays smart football and his game has a smooth look to it. One year of prep school should have helped his development. Coman provides big talent and upside to the safety position.

Jahmere Irvin-Sills (3 star)- 5’10 172 from Elkton, Maryland. Sills was a former Auburn commitment who chose to open his commitment back up after a change of staff. He has quick feet and good cover skills projecting him as a CB. He was also a dangerous kick returner for his high school team. Very smart kid who is reported to be a hard worker. Very good late pick up for MSU.

(interview only)

Gabe Myles (3 star)- 6’0 183 from Starkville, Mississippi. Myles was rated as a high 3 star by the services and probably could have been higher if he would have done more camps and not committed so early. Myles father played for MSU and he starred at local Starkville High School leading the Yellow Jackets to a state championship as their QB. Myles future is at CB.

Brandon Wells (3 star)- 6’2 175 from Bogue Chitto, Mississippi. Wells showed great speed and athleticism at camps this summer and earned an offer. He became an early commitment for the dogs. Great size to go with his speed. He could end up at WR but his skill set and attributes begs for the safety position. Will need time to develop.


Tolando Cleveland (3 star)- 6’0 170 from Powder Springs, Georgia. Cleveland was committed to Georgia Tech until a week out form signing day when he flipped to MSU. Mullen and staff were impressed at camps this summer with Cleveland and stayed on him after him even after his commitment. Good size for a corner and also good cover skills. I’d look for a redshirt and a year to work with Deshea Townsend.

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