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February 2, 2011
Mississippi State signs 22
DARION ARRINGTON, DB, 6-2, 210, WIGGINS, MISS. (STONE COUNTY)
HIGH SCHOOL: A PARADE All-America selection and listed as the top defensive back prospect in the state of Mississippi Named an All-American by SuperPrep Magazine and tabbed as that publication's No. 3 prospect in the state Rated the No. 4 Most Wanted prospect in the state by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger Scout.com ranks him the #9 safety prospect in the country and the #3 overall prospect in the state Rivlas.com lists him as the No. 11 player in Mississippi and 23rd best safety in the nation Played for Coach Brian Oaks at Stone As a 2010 senior he was a consensus all-state performer and selected to the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Named to the Offense/Defense All-American Bowl after his senior season The Mississippi Association of Coaches picked him as their Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year, as well as first-team All-State Credited with 121 tackles during his senior campaign, he also rushed for 1,121 yards and 15 touchdowns Following the 2010 season he was a first-team All-State selection of the Clarion Ledger, which prior to the senior year also picked him to their 'Dandy Dozen' list of the state's premier prospects Named WDAM-TV All-Area Team selection, and All-South Mississippi by the Biloxi Sun Herald As a junior rushed for ten touchdowns on 123 carries and gained 933 yards Also recorded 79 total tackles and four interceptions Committed to MSU in July 2010, with offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Southern Mississippi, and Memphis.
TAVEZE CALHOUN, ATH, 6-1, 180, MORTON, MISS. (MORTON)
HIGH SCHOOL: Named first-team All-State by the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger across all divisions Also listed among the Top 40 Most Wanted in the state by the Clarion-Ledger A consensus all-state prospect in the 3A division following his senior season Selected by The Mississippi Association of Coaches to the 40-man roster for the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Game Played for Coach Miles Porter and led the Panthers to a 9-4 record, a 4-1 record in Region 6, and the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs Credited with 90 total tackles and intercepted six passes for 112 yards of return during senior season Also blocked one punt and caused two fumbles Rushed 31 times for 205 yards and scored three touchdowns Played both ways during his junior season Helped lead the team to a 13-2 record for Coach David Parker and reached the south state finals of Class 3A where they lost to eventual state champions Tylertown As a junior rushed 23 times for 207 yards and three touchdowns Also caught seven passes for 255 yards for three more touchdowns Defensively posted 42 tackles and intercepted three passes Starred on defense as a sophomore Credited with 60 total tackles and a pair of interceptions with seven passes broken up Committed to Mississippi State in January 2011.
JUSTIN COX, DB, 6-1, 175, WEST POINT, MISS. (WEST POINT)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as the #22 player in the state by Rivals.com Also rated the #23 overall player in the state of Mississippi by Scout.com Played on both offense and defense for the two-time Mississippi Class 5A champions at West Point playing for Coach Chris Chambless His junior and senior teams compiled a 28-2 record with him directing the offense at quarterback and leading the defense at cornerback He was among the three finalists for Mr. Football in Mississippi by the Clarion Ledger, and the newspaper also tabbed him as first-team All-State from all classifications He was the #10 player on the CL's post-season ranking of the state's Ten Most Wanted Prospects for 2010-11 ... The Mississippi Association of Coaches selected him as first-team All-State quarterback in Class 5A ... Chosen for the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Game and started at left cornerback in the December classic ... For the 2010 season he led the Green Wave to a 14-1 record ... Rushed for 1,274 yards and 17 touchdowns, and was 80-of-153 passing for 1,131 yards ... Finished his junior year with 1,248 passing yards and 12 touchdowns ... Ran for 622 more yards and nine touchdowns Committed to Mississippi State in July 2010 over offers from Ole Miss and several others.
DEVIN FOSSELMAN, WR, 5-10, 190, WOODVILLE, MISS. (WILKINSON COUNTY)
HIGH SCHOOL: A top wideout prospect in the state of Mississippi following a stellar high-school career Rated the No. 14 prospect in the state by Rivals.com Selected by the Mississippi Association of Coaches for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game ... The Jackson Clarion-Ledger ranked him among the state's best 25 seniors on their post-season Top 40 Prospects list ... That newspaper also named him second-team All-State ... He was named to the Natchez Democrat All-Metro area team for both 2009 and 2010 ... Caught 52 passes for 703 yards and three touchdowns during his senior season despite fighting injuries ... Opened the year with nine catches and 171 yards, as well as nine tackles on defense before being sidelined three weeks ... Caught 47 balls for 1,035 yards and scored eight touchdowns during his junior season ... Starts at point guard for the Wilkinson County basketball team Committed to Mississippi State in June 2010 over offers from Ole Miss and Southern Mississippi.
JOHNATHAN HARRIS, DL, 6-6, 230, BOYNTON BEACH, FLA. (BOYNTON BEACH COMMUNITY)
HIGH SCHOOL: Starred for head coach Rick Swain at Bounton Beach Community High School Recorded 65 total tackles along with six sacks during the 2010 season Also credited with 14 tackles for loss on the year Rated a three-star prospect by recruiting services Rivals.com and Scout.com Ranked the 13th best prospect in the state of Florida by The Palm Beach Post Widely recruited during his prep career, was offered by more than 20 schools nationwide Chose Mississippi State in November 2010 over Boston College, UCF, West Virginia, Wisconsin and a host of others Graduated from high school in December and enrolled during the spring of 2011.
PERSONAL: Son of Sam Harris and Shevone Harris Born Johnathan Lamar Harris on December 30, 1992.
ZACHARY JACKSON, DB, 6-1, 200, HEIDELBERG, MISS. (HEIDELBERG)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated among the top 25 of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's 40 Most Wanted List ... Prior to the 2010 season he was picked by that newspaper to their 'Dandy Dozen' list of the state's top overall college prospects ... Ranked the #16 prospect in the state by Rivals.com and #17 by Scout.com ... All-Area pick by WDAM-TV ... Missed four games in mid-season with a separated shoulder, but was still able to compile 756 rushing yards on 87 carries and six touchdowns ... Was 18-of-45 passing for 224 yards with a pair of touchdowns ... Finished with 43 total tackles, 39 of them solo stops, and caused one fumble Missed first five games of senior season with a broken foot ... As a sophomore he passed for 1,154 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while rushing 233 times for 1,348 yards and 16 touchdowns ... Was named to the WDAM-TV All-Area team as a sophomore and the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player... Committed to Mississippi State in February 2010 over Ole Miss and others.
P.J. JONES, DL, 6-3, 260, TUPELO, MISS. (TUPELO)
HIGH SCHOOL: A top defensive line prospect in the state of Mississippi following an outstanding high school career Rated the No. 6 prospect in the state regardless of position by Rivals.com Also rated the #21 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by Rivals Earned a four-star rating from Rivals.com Listed among the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's 25 Most Wanted, one of only three defensive linemen among the top 40 prospects Rated the nation's #43 defensive tackle prospect by Scout.com which also ranks him the 12th-best college prospect in the state from all positions Played defensive tackle as a senior for Coach David Bradberry ... Chosen by the Mississippi Association of Coaches to the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Game ... Coaches Association also named him second-team All-State in Class 6A ... The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal named him to their All-Area squad Scout.com named him to its All-State first defense Posted 84 total tackles, including seven sacks, while forcing three fumbles during his senior season ... Missed part of his 2009 junior year with injury, but was credited with 46 total tackles, as well as five sacks ... Committed to Mississippi State in January 2011 over offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and UCLA.
DANIEL KNOX, TE / OL, 6-5, 250, COLLINSVILLE, MISS. (WEST LAUDERDALE)
HIGH SCHOOL: Excelled at tight end during his prep career Rated a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com Scout.com rates him the nation's #44 tackle prospect, and the 13th-best college prospect from all positions in Mississippi Played for Coach Glenn Sanders at WLAC Jackson Clarion-Ledger ranked him among their post-season list of the state's Top 40 Prospects ... Selected by the state coaches association for the 62nd annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic ... Named to Scout.com's All-State Offense as a first-team offensive lineman ... An August knee injury kept him out of the season opener and the following two games ... Helped the Knights to a 9-3 record during his junior season ... Caught 14 passes for 150 yards and three scores Committed to Mississippi State in July 2010 over offers from Ole Miss, Southern Miss and others.
JAMES MAIDEN, OL, 6-4, 270, WOODVILLE, MISS (WILKINSON COUNTY)
HIGH SCHOOL: A top recruit in the Mississippi prep ranks Scout.com ranks him the country's #35 tackle prospect, as well as the 11th-best college prospect at all positions in Mississippi this year Played both offensive tackle and defensive tackle for Coach Elbert Lyles ... Selected after the season to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Game ... He and teammate and fellow MSU signee Devin Fosselman were the first Wildcats ever chosen to the elite state squad ... Selected first-team All-State from all classifications by the Clarion Ledger newspaper ...Rated as one of the Top 25 prospects in the state by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger ... Scout.com named him first-team All-State as an offensive line prospect... MaxPreps rates him the number-one offensive tackle prospect in Mississippi ... Two-time All-Metro selection of the Natchez Democrat ... Played defensive tackle as a senior and was credited with 35 total tackles and one quarterback sack ... As a junior he was credited with 46 tackles as a defensive lineman Committed to Mississippi State in July 2010 over Ole Miss, LSU and Southern Mississippi.
JUSTIN MALONE, OL, 6-6, 300, MADISON, MISS. (MADISON-RIDGELAND ACADEMY)
HIGH SCHOOL: Highly-promising recruit played only two seasons of high school football Finished his short prep career by leading Coach Mack Norwood's Patriots to the championship round of Class AAA-Division I ... Selected first-team All-State by the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Named to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger All-Metro Jackson team ... That newspaper also listed him among their Top 40 Prospects from the state prep ranks regardless of classification ... Has played a whole varsity career on the basketball court for MRA Committed to Mississippi State in November 2010.
KENDRICK MARKET, WR, 5-10, 180, BATESVILLE, MISS. (SOUTH PANOLA)
HIGH SCHOOL: Highly touted athlete from one of the top high school programs in the nation Three-year starter on both sides of the ball and in the return game, and a two-time All-State selection ... Rated the No. 15 prospect in the state regardless of position by Rivals.com Helped lead Lance Pouge's South Panola team to state titles in both 2009 and 2010 ... Recognized by the Mississippi Association of Coaches as first-team All-State in Class 6A as a linebacker following his senior season ... The MAC also picked him for the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Game where he practiced at cornerback, safety, linebacker, as well as both return positions ... Named first-team All-State as a linebacker by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger Also ranked among the Top 40 Prospects list, taken from all classes ... For the 2010 season as a starting defensive back he was credited with 52 tackles and six interceptions Also rushed for 726 yards with six more scores ... He earned his first All-State recognition as a junior playing both on offense and defense ... Scout.com placed him on its first-team All-State defense after the 2009 season, one of just two juniors on the team ... For the year he had 64 total tackles, including two sacks, and intercepted a pair of passes ... On offense he rushed 64 times for 587 yards and was 20-of-30 passing for 312 yards and four touchdowns Committed to MSU in October 2010 with offers from Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi and others.
BENARDRICK MCKINNEY, LB, 6-4, 205, TUNICA, MISS. (ROSA FORT)
HIGH SCHOOL: A top defensive prospect in the state of Mississippi . Rated among the top 25 Most Wanted by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger ... He is the first Rosa Fort player to sign with a SEC program since 2001, following in the footsteps of his 2010 high school coach and former Bulldog receiver McKinley Scott ... He led the RFHS Lions to a 7-4 overall record last season, with a 3-3 finish in Region 2 play and a first-round playoff appearance in Class 4A ... The state's high school coaches selected him to the North/South All-Star Game as a linebacker Started at quarterback for Rosa Fort his senior season Accounted for 2,036 total yards of offense and 22 touchdowns with 1,334 passing and 702 yards on the ground Threw for 15 touchdowns and ran for another seven Credited with 66 tackles from his linebacker spot ... Threw for 530 yards with five touchdowns as a junior ... Also rushed for one score and 100 yards that season and posted 34 total tackles on defense ... Also served as the team's punter as a junior ... Also starts for the Rosa Fort basketball team Committed to Mississippi State in September 2010, after being recruited by Ole Miss, Memphis, and LSU.
DERRICK MILTON, RB, 5-11, 200, PINEVILLE, LA. (HARGRAVE (VA.) MILITARY ACADEMY)
HIGH SCHOOL: Physical running back from the Louisiana prep ranks who played his senior high school season at Hargrave, Va., Military Academy for first-year Coach Troy Davis Rushed for 740 yards on just 43 carries with 10 touchdowns ... Played three varsity seasons at Pineville High School where he compiled almost 4,500 rushing yards ... Rushed for 1,800 yards with 15 touchdowns as a junior ... Earned Louisiana Sports Writers Association first-team All-State honors Also tabbed All-Central Louisiana ... Ran for 1,227 yards and ten touchdowns as a sophomore ... Committed to Mississippi State in January 2011, with offers from Ole Miss, Tennessee, Memphis, North Carolina and Oklahoma State among others.
JOSEPH MORROW, WR, 6-5, 200, OCEAN SPRINGS, MISS. (OCEAN SPRINGS)
HIGH SCHOOL: One of the top wide receiver prospects in the nation Named an All-American by SuperPrep Magazine and tabbed as that publication's No. 6 prospect in the state Rated the 8th-best college prospect from all positions in Mississippi by Scout.com Also rated the No. 30 wideout in the nation by Scout Rated a four-star prospect by recruiting services Selected by the Mississippi Association of Coaches for the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Game ... Also selected to the Offense/Defense All-American Bowl ... Jackson Clarion-Ledger ranked him #9 among their Ten Most Wanted Prospects in Mississippi ... Caught 44 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns during his senior season ... Also accounted for 51 total tackles and intercepted a pair of passes ... As a junior caught 40 passes for 770 yards and 11 touchdowns Plays basketball for Ocean Springs as well Committed to Mississippi State in July 2010 with offers from Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi, Auburn, Alabama, Memphis and LSU.
SHAQUILLE PERRY, RB, 6-2, 210, WALNUT, MISS., (WALNUT ATTENDANCE CENTER)
HIGH SCHOOL: One of the most versatile athletes in the state prep ranks ... Rated as the No. 22 prospect in the state regardless of position by Scout.com and No. 24 by Rivals.com Led Coach Timmy Moore's Wildcats team to an 8-4 overall record and the first round of the north state playoffs ... The Mississippi Association of Coaches selected him as first-team running back in Class 2A Also tabbed by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger as a second-team All-State from all classifications at running back ... Was first-team All-Area and the Area Offensive Player of the Year by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal ... Played in the Mississippi High School All-Star Game ... Rushed for 2,188 yards as a senior and scored 37 touchdowns ... Also caught 16 passes out of the backfield for 311 yards and three touchdowns ... On defense, he finished with 58 total tackles with one sack and an interception ... Ran for 1,197 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior ... Credited with 27 tackles in the 2009 season Named Tippah County Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 Committed to Mississippi State in January 2011 over Ole Miss, Memphis, Southern Mississippi and South Alabama.
DAK PRESCOTT, QB, 6-3, 225, HAUGHTON, LA. (HAUGHTON HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Highly recruited quarterback from the Louisiana prep ranks Led the Haughton High Buccaneers to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the 4A state quarterfinals Named first-team all-state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Completed 159 of 258 passes (62 percent) for 2,860 yards and 39 touchdowns during his senior season at Haughton Rated as one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation Rushed for 951 yards and 17 touchdowns on 90 attempts during his senior year (10.6 yards per carry) During his junior season, completed 144 of 252 passes for 2,172 yards and 27 touchdowns Rated a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com Committed to Mississippi State in July of 2010 and enrolled in school during the spring of 2011 Chose State over LSU, TCU and a host of others.
PERSONAL: Son of Nathaniel and Peggy Prescott Full name is Dakota Born 7/29/93 in Sulpher, La. Two older brothers, Tad and Jace Jace will be a senior offensive lineman at Northwestern (La.) State in 2011.
NICK REDMOND, OL, 6-5, 305, GULFPORT, MISS. (HARRISON CENTRAL)
HIGH SCHOOL: Promising offensive tackle prospect from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Rated a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com Ranked the No. 23 prospect in the state regardless of position by SuperPrep Magazine Committed to Mississippi State over other in-state programs Chose the Bulldogs in September of 2009 Graduated from high school in December of 2010 and enrolled in January of 2011.
PERSONAL: Born Nicholas Ashton Redmond on 11/03/1992 Son of Lisa Redmond.
JOSH ROBINSON, RB, 5-9, 200, FRANKLINTON, LA. (FRANKLINTON)
HIGH SCHOOL: Big play threat out of the Louisiana prep ranks Helped lead Coach Shane Smith's Franklinton Team to the Louisiana Class 4A championship Picked by Louisiana Sports Writers Association to the first-team All-State 4A squad Named Honorable Mention on the Baton Rouge Advocate's state-wide 2011 Super Dozen Ran for 1,105 yards during his senior season and scored 20 touchdowns ... Also caught 22 passes for 558 yards and seven scores ... As a junior the Demons went 14-1 and fell one game short of the state championship, losing to Neville HS championship game ... Rushed for 1,315 yards and scored 22 touchdowns as a junior ... Added 11 catches for 205 yards for five more touchdowns Also participates in varsity track Committed to Mississippi State in July 2010, with offers from Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi and others.
DARIUS SLAY, DB, 6-1, 190, BRUNSWICK, GA. (ITAWAMBA [MISS.] CC)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two seasons for Coach Jon Williams and was twice named an All-Region selection ... Earned first-team All-State for both his defensive play and kick return talents by the Mississippi Association of Junior College Coaches Also voted first-team All-Region 23 by the national coaches ... Collected 27 tackles and forced one fumble on defense ... Also caught three passes for 63 yards including a 43-yard touchdown ... JC Grid Wire named him to their pre-season All-America second team, and Mississippi Gridiron Magazine tabbed him All-MACJC prior to the campaign ... As a freshman recognized as first-team All-State and All-Region 23 at cornerback and a second-team All-State kick returner ... For the season he recorded 41 total tackles and two fumbles forced with three interceptions.
HIGH SCHOOL: Mississippi State first signed him out of Brunswick, Ga., HS where he was an all-state running back and defensive back ... Named All-State by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at defensive back following his senior season Also chosen for the Georgia North-South All Star Game ... Rushed for over 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns in the 2008 season Intercepted six passes with two touchdown returns ... Junior season was shortened by a torn MCL after he had rushed for 562 yards and six touchdowns in just five games ... As a sophomore he put up 1,127 yards on 142 rushes with 13 touchdowns ... Lettered in basketball and was a standout in the 100 and 200 meter sprints Committed to Mississippi State in July 2010 over offers from Kentucky, Georgia and Oklahoma State.
PRESTON SMITH, DL, 6-6, 225, STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. (STEPHENSON)
HIGH SCHOOL: Projected to develop into a pass-rushing defensive end in college after an excellent career in higher-level Georgia prep football Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com Played for Coach Ron Gartrell and led the Jaguars to a 9-2 record in 2010 ... Credited with 68 total tackles, including nine quarterback sacks ... As a junior he played on a 11-1 Jaguars squad that won the Region 2 crown with a 7-0 record... That team had 29 of32 senior players sign a college scholarship... Committed to Mississippi State in September 2010 with offers from Ole Miss, Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, Minnesota, Central Florida, West Virginia, Syracuse and others.
JOEY TRAPP, OL, 6-5, 285, ROLLING HILLS, CALIF. (L.A. HARBOR CC / PALOS VERDES PENINSULA)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: First-team All-Central West Conference during his sophomore season at Los Angeles Harbor Helped lead the Seahawks to an 8-3 record and the Central West Conference championship in 2010 Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com Helped the Seahawks to a 9-2 record during his freshman season as he started 10 of 11 contests along the offensive front Chose Mississippi State in December of 2010 over offers from a host of other schools Enrolled at State in January of 2011 and will participate in spring practices.
PERSONAL: Born Joseph Kramer Trapp on 11/13/1989 Son of Sonia and Steve Cvitanovich.
RUFUS WARREN, TE, 6-5, 235, INDIANOLA, MISS. (GENTRY)
HIGH SCHOOL: Leading tight end talent out of the fertile Mississippi Delta ranks Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com Scout.com rates him as the No. 18 overall prospect in the state of Mississippi at all positions Was selected by the Mississippi Association of Coaches to the state's high school all-star game ... Jackson Clarion-Ledger ranked him in their post-season list of the Top 40 Prospects in Mississippi, one of just two tight ends, taken from among all classes ... During his senior season caught 21 passes for 339 yards and five touchdowns ... As a junior caught eight passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns Defensively he was credited with 42 total tackles, 35 solos, with four quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery ... Also a standout for the GHS basketball team Committed to Mississippi State in June 2010 with offers from Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi and others.