2008 Signing Day - Mississippi State Football

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[FINAL LIST - as of 10:40 a.m. CT, 2/6/2008 - 27 signees]

Head Coach Sylvester Croom's comments on MSU's 2008 signing class

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NAME POS. HT. WT. HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOL)
John Paul Alford OL 6-3 280 Kosciusko, MS (Kosciusko HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Charles Bailey WR 6-2 173 St. Augustine, FL (Bartram Trail HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Nick Bell DL 6-4 230 Bessemer, AL (Jess Lanier HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Corey Broomfield DB 5-10 157 Palm Bay, FL (Bayside HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Arceto Clark ATH 5-10 165 Verona, MS (Shannon HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Kendrick Cook TE 6-3 230 Attalla, AL (Etowah HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Terrance Davis ATH 5-11 180 Conyers, GA (Salem HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Rashun Dixon ATH 6-2 227 Jackson, MS (Terry HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Sean Ferguson DL 6-4 225 Miami, FL (Norland HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Phillip Freeman OL 6-6 290 Wesson, MS (Wesson HS/Copiah-Lincoln CC) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Kirkland Gainous LB 6-2 205 Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Templeton Hardy DL 6-3 295 Como, MS (North Panola HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Antonio Hoskins LB 6-2 215 Water Valley, MS (Water Valley HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Mike Hunt LB 6-3 220 Meadville, MS (Franklin County HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Nelson Hurst TE 6-4 240 Plainfield, IN (Plainfield HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Joshua Jackson DL 6-3 294 Canton, MS (Canton HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Devin Jones DL 6-2 240 Olive Branch, MS (DeSoto Central HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Shane McCardell DL 6-5 220 Beaumont, TX (West Brook HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Charles Mitchell DB 5-11 187 Clarksdale, MS (Clarksdale HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
ToJo Patterson RB 6-0 190 Corinth, MS (Biggersville HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Delmon Robinson WR 5-10 180 Vicksburg, MS (Vicksburg HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Tobias Smith OL 6-3 292 Columbus, MS (Columbus HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Trevor Stigers DL 6-4 225 Ridgeland, MS (Ridgeland HS) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Baker Swedenburg P 6-0 175 Columbus, MS (Heritage Academy) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Bo Walters LB 6-1 225 Wilsonville, AL (Briarwood Christian) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
Louis Watson DB 5-10 165 Mobile, AL (St. Paul's Episcopal) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis
O'Neal Wilder WR 6-5 190 Carthage, MS (Carthage) Bio | Highlight Clip | Coach's Analysis






John Paul Alford, OL, 6-3, 280, Kosciusko, Miss. (Kosciusko)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 6 center prospect in the nation by recruiting web site Rivals.com, he was rated as the No. 9 player overall in the state of Mississippi by that site, the state's top-ranked offensive lineman prior to his senior season . . . Was ranked eighth nationally by Rivals following his senior campaign, No. 10 in Mississippi and the state's top center . . . Credited with a 350-pound bench press by Rivals . . . No. 11 center prospect in the country by recruiting web site Scout.com prior to his senior season . . . Was No. 13 on Scout's post-season list after suffering a left knee ligament tear in his final high school game . . . Sat out the first three games of his senior year with a right knee injury . . . Rated No. 21 on SuperPrep's post-season All-America listing of the state of Mississippi's top players, the state's top offensive lineman and center . . . Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game, he sat out the contest after his knee injury . . . Named first-team, all-state in all classifications at center by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger . . . Rated among the top 25 recruits in the state of Mississippi by that newspaper following his senior season . . . Played for John Perry at Kosciusko (Miss.) High School . . . Named the 2006 Class 4A, Region 4 Lineman of the Year following his junior campaign . . . Named first-team, all-state by the Mississippi Association of Coaches as a junior . . . Three-year starter at center, who also started as a freshman tight end . . . Outstanding student in the high school classroom with a 3.8 grade point average . . . Committed to MSU in May 2007.
PERSONAL: Born John Paul Alford, 9-9-89 . . . Son of Dr. and Mrs. Tim Alford.


Charles Bailey, WR, 6-2, 173, St. Augustine, Fla. (Bartram Trail)
HIGH SCHOOL: Credited with running a 4.57 in the 40-yard dash by recruiting web site Scout.com . . . Ranked No. 134 on Scout's list of the nation's top wide receivers . . . Named honorable mention, All-First Coast at wide receiver by the Florida Times Union newspaper . . . Helped lead head coach Darrell Sutherland's Bartram Trail High School team to back-to-back Class 5A District 2 championships during his sophomore and junior seasons and to the state semifinals during his senior campaign . . . He caught a 42-yard touchdown pass with 36 seconds left in regulation to send the Bears into overtime of that state semifinal game as a senior . . . Had 32 catches for 495 yards, a 15.5-yard average, and three touchdowns during his senior campaign . . . Made 24 receptions for 282 yards, a 11.8-yard per catch average, and two touchdowns, during his junior season . . . Solid student in the high school classroom with a 3.38 grade point average . . . Other top scholarship offer: Indiana . . . Committed to MSU in July 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Charles Walker Bailey, 5-26-90 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bailey Sr. . . . His father is a National Football League scout with the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Nick Bell, DL, 6-4, 230, Bessemer, Ala. (Jess Lanier)
HIGH SCHOOL: Credited with running a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash by recruiting web site Scout.com . . . Named honorable mention all-metro by the Birmingham News as a linebacker . . . Helped lead head coach Jerry Dismuke's Jess Lanier High School team in Bessemer, Ala., to a 10-3 overall record as a senior and into the second round of the state playoffs before losing to eventual Class 5A champion St. Paul's Episcopal . . . Made 70 tackles in just six games as a senior for the Tigers . . . Began his high school career at Adamsville (Ala.) Minor High School . . . Solid student on the high school level with a 2.80 grade point average . . . Committed to MSU in November 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Nicholas L. Bell, 6-25-90 . . . Son Ms. Linda Bell.


Corey Broomfield, DB, 5-10, 157, Palm Bay, Fla. (Bayside)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 56 cornerback prospect in the nation by ESPN.com in its post-season listing of the top signees available . . . Ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at the Miami Scout.com combine prior to his senior season . . . Also recorded a 34.1-inch vertical jump at that session . . . Named first-team, All-Space Coast at defensive back by Florida Today newspaper . . . Earned third-team, all-state recognition . . . Intercepted five passes for 160 yards, a 33.3-yard average per return, and two touchdowns as a senior for head coach Mike Davis at Bayside High School in Palm Bay, Fla. . . . On offense, had 13 catches for 374 yards, a 28.8-yard average, and two touchdowns . . . Also returned nine punts for 315 yards, a 35-yard average per return, and two touchdowns during his final prep season . . . Registered 70 tackles during his junior season at Bayside . . . Blocked five kicks and intercepted two passes during his junior campaign . . . Also started as a sophomore . . . Solid in the classroom on the high school level with a 3.1 grade point average . . . Other top scholarship offers: Iowa State and Cincinnati . . . Committed to MSU in July 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Corey R. Broomfield, 8-31-90 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Broomfield.


Arceto Clark, ATH, 5-10, 165, Verona, Miss. (Shannon)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as the No. 36 cornerback prospect in the country by ESPN.com in its post-season listing . . . Selected to play in the Mississippi/Alabama High School All-Star game as a wide receiver . . Credited with running a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash by recruiting web site Scout.com . . . Rated No. 9 on SuperPrep's post-season All-America listing of the state of Mississippi's top players, the state's second-ranked cornerback . . . Rated among the top 25 recruits in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season . . . That newspaper selected him second-team, all-state as a defensive back following his senior season for head coach Porter Casey at Shannon (Miss.) High School . . . Registered four pass interceptions during his senior campaign . . . On the offensive side of the football, caught 56 passes for 1,090 yards, a 19.7-yard per catch average, and 10 touchdowns, as a junior . . . The yardage total topped the state's juniors . . . That production resulted in his selection as the Class 4A Division 4 Offensive Most Valuable Player . . . Also made 30 tackles and three pass interceptions during that junior campaign . . . Solid student in the high school classroom with a 3.17 grade point average . . . Other top scholarship offers: Ole Miss and Clemson . . . Committed to MSU in July 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Arceto Martinez Clark, 9-29-89 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. David Vaughn . . . His cousin, Louis Clark, lettered as a wide receiver for Mississippi State, 1983-86.


Kendrick Cook, TE, 6-3, 230, Attalla, Ala. (Etowah)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as the No. 34 tight end prospect in the nation by ESPN.com in its post-season listing . . . Rated as the No. 49 tight end prospect in the country by recruiting web site Rivals.com . . . Starred at tight end for head coach Gene Hill at Etowah High School in Attalla, Ala. . . . Named first-team, all-state as a tight end for the Blue Devils during his junior season by the Alabama Sports Writers Association . . . Caught 31 passes for 438 yards, a 14.1-yard average, and three touchdowns, during that junior campaign . . . Credited with running a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash by recruiting web site Rivals.com . . . Solid student in the high school classroom with a 3.25 grade point average . . . Committed to MSU in July 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Kendrick ShaMar Cook, 8-22-90 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Cook.


Terrance Davis, ATH, 5-11, 180, Conyers, Ga. (Salem)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as the No. 52 "athlete" prospect in the country by ESPN.com in its post-season listing . . . Called a "surprise prospect" by that web site, indicating he could help immediately in the return game . . . Credited with running a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash by recruiting web site Rivals.com . . . Played quarterback for head coach Chad Estes at Salem High School in Conyers, Ga. . . . Helped lead the Seminoles to a 9-2 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark in divisional play as a senior . . . His team was the Class 4A Region 8B champions and earned a post-season playoff berth . . . Rushed for 963 yards and nine touchdowns during that senior season . . . Also completed 40 of 84 passes for 857 yards and five touchdowns in his final prep campaign . . . Solid student on the high school level with a 2.90 grade point average . . . Other top scholarship offers: Arkansas and Vanderbilt . . . Committed to MSU in July 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Terrance Lee Davis, 10-24-89 . . . Son of Mr. Tommy Davis and Ms. Karen Davis.


Rashun Dixon, ATH, 6-2, 227, Jackson, Miss. (Terry)
HIGH SCHOOL: Considered the No. 18 safety prospect in the country by recruiting web site Rivlas.com . . . He was ranked No. 7 on Rivals list of the state's top 20 players . . . Credited with running a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and with a 35-inch vertical jump by that web site . . . Recruiting web site Scout.com had him ranked as the No. 85 wide receiver prospect nationally . . . Selected to play in the Max Emfinger International All-America Bowl Game Classic . . . Scored the game's first touchdown when he intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards for a score . . . Named to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen prior to his senior season, symbolic of being selected as one of the top 12 players in the state . . . That newspaper selected him second-team, all-state as an all-purpose offensive player following his senior season for head coach Bill French at Terry High School . . . Rated No. 11 on SuperPrep's post-season All-America listing of the state of Mississippi's top players, the state's second-best wide receiver prospect . . .Standout two-way player for the Bulldogs . . . Missed substantial time during his senior year after having off-season elbow surgery . . . Earned second-team, all-state recognition following his senior campaign by the Clarion-Ledger . . . Rated among the top 40 recruits in the state of Mississippi by that newspaper following his senior season . . . Had 52 catches for 971 yards, an 18.7-yard average, and eight touchdowns for the Bulldogs on offense as a junior . . . Recorded four interceptions that year while playing defense . . . As a sophomore, he caught 24 passes for 425 yards, a 17.7-yard average, and four touchdowns . . . Highly regarded baseball player on the prep level as well . . . Outstanding high school student with a 3.7 grade point average in the classroom . . . Other top scholarship offers: Arkansas and Vanderbilt . . . Committed to MSU in July 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Rashun D. Dixon, 8-27-90 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Dixon.


Sean Ferguson, DL, 6-4, 225, Miami, Fla. (Norland)
HIGH SCHOOL: Named one of the top 25 prospects in the Miami-Dade County area, the fourth-best pass rushing prospect, by the Miami Herald . . . That newspaper selected him second-team Dade County in the Class 4A-6A divisions on the defensive line following his senior season . . . Selected to play in both the Florida High School All-Star game and the Broward-Dade County All-Star game following his senior season . . . He had a pair of sacks in the Florida High School All-Star game . . . Finished the regular season with 57 tackles and 12 quarterback sacks during his senior campaign for head coach Nigel Dunn Jr. at Norland High School in Miami, Fla. . . . Helped lead Norland to a 7-4 record during that senior campaign . . . Had 35 tackles and five sacks as a junior . . . Also played on the offensive line during his high school career . . . Wrestled and ran track as a prepster, as well . . . Other top scholarship offers: Rutgers, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida International . . . Committed to MSU in January 2008.
PERSONAL: Born Sean Pierre Ferguson, 9-25-89 . . . Son of Ms. Phillicia Ferguson.


Phillip Freeman, OL, 6-6, 290, Wesson, Miss. (Wesson/Copiah-Lincoln [Miss.] Community College)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Starred as an offensive tackle at hometown Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College for head coach Glen Davis . . . Earned first-team, all-state recognition at the conclusion of his 2006 freshman and 2007 sophomore seasons by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges . . . Ranked No. 24 on the Rivals.com list of the nation's top 50 junior college prospects, the second-best offensive lineman on the chart . . . Rated among the top 25 junior college players in Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger . . . Credited with a 300-pound bench press max and a 5.0-second 40-yard dash time by Rivals . . . Other top scholarship offers: Arizona State, Kansas State, Boise State, Colorado and Oklahoma State . . . Committed to MSU in December 2007.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played both offensive and defensive tackle for three seasons at Wesson (Miss.) High School.
PERSONAL: Born 8/29/89.


Kirkland Gainous, LB, 6-2, 205, Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 76 defensive end prospect in the country following his senior season for head coach Kyle Rice at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla., by recruiting web site Scout.com . . . Named first-team, All-Big Bend Football by the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper on the defensive line, an all-star team comprised of players from the Tallahassee area . . . Made 85 tackles, including 11 for loss, six of which were quarterback sacks, in leading the Trojans to a 10-2 record . . . Also had three caused fumbles, a pair of recoveries and a pass interception in leading his team to the second round of the state playoffs during his senior campaign . . . Other top scholarship offers: Alabama, LSU, Minnesota, Illinois, South Florida, Central Florida and Iowa State . . . Committed to MSU in June 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Kirkland Lanard Gainous, 3-29-89 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirkland Gainous Sr.


Templeton Hardy, DL, 6-3, 295, Como, Miss. (North Panola)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated as the No. 8 defensive tackle prospect in the country by recruiting web site Rivals.com . . . That site has him ranked as the No. 3 player, regardless of position, in the state of Mississippi, the top-rated defensive lineman . . . ESPN.com has him ranked as the No. 9 defensive tackle prospect in the U.S. in its post-season listing . . . Ranked as the No. 16 defensive tackle prospect in the country prior to his senior season by recruiting web site Scout.com, the 39th-best prospect overall . . . Selected to play in the Under Armour All-Star game following his senior season . . . Listed with the top 40 offensive and defensive linemen in the Southeastern Conference area by the G&W Recruiting Report, one of only three linemen listed from the state of Mississippi . . . That publication also mentioned him as one of the top 250 players in the country, regardless of position . . . Attended the U.S. Army junior combine in San Antonio, Texas, in January 2007 . . . Ran a 5.2-second 40-yard dash at that combine, bench pressed 300 pounds, and jumped 28 inches in the vertical leap . . . Rated No. 4 on SuperPrep's post-season All-America listing of the state of Mississippi's top players, the state's top defensive lineman . . . That site had him ranked as the No. 30 defensive lineman available in the country . . . Selected to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen, symbolic of being one of the top 12 players in the state of Mississippi . . . Rated No. 9 in the state of Mississippi's Ten Most Wanted recruits by that newspaper following his senior season . . . Registered 148 tackles, including 28 for loss, nine of which were quarterback sacks, during his junior season . . . Also had one pass interception (touchdown return), three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries . . . Three-year, two-way starter for head coach Vincent Johnson at North Panola . . . Started for North Panola's basketball team as well . . . Outstanding high school student in the classroom with a 3.4 grade point average . . . Other top scholarship offers: Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Southern Cal, Stanford and UCLA . . . Committed to MSU in June 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Templeton Rashaad Hardy, 9-20-89 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hardy.


Antonio Hoskins, LB, 6-2, 215, Water Valley, Miss. (Water Valley)
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the Mississippi/Alabama High School All-Star game as a linebacker. . . Rated among the top 40 recruits in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season . . . That newspaper selected him second-team, all-state as a linebacker following his senior season for head coach Trent Hammond at Water Valley (Miss.) High School . . .Credited with running a 4.54 40-yard dash by recruiting website Rivals.com . . . Led the state's Class 3A schools with 191 total tackles and 10 quarterback sacks during his junior season for the Blue Devils . . . Committed to MSU in July 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Antonio Terell Hoskins, 1-1-89 . . . Son of Ms. Rondalyn Hoskins . . . Nicknamed "Bull."


Mike Hunt, DB, 6-3, 220, Meadville, Miss. (Franklin County)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as the No. 63 safety prospect in the country by ESPN.com following his senior season at Franklin County (Miss.) High School in 2006 . . . Rated among the top 60 defensive backs in the Southeast by PrepStar recruiting magazine in its season-ending yearbook . . . Credited with running a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash by that publication . . . Listed as the No. 16 prospect in the state following his senior season by Rivals.com, the second-best defensive back in its ranking . . . Rated the No. 26 prospect in the state of Mississippi, regardless of position, by SuperPrep Recruiting Magazine, the second-best safety on the list . . . Credited with a 300-pound bench press by the Rivals.com recruiting web site . . . Benched 185 pounds 15 times at the Baton Rouge summer 2006 NIKE Training Camp . . . Two-way star for head coach Grady McCluskey at Franklin County in Meadville, Miss. . . . Helped lead his team to a 14-1 record and a Class 3A state title as a senior . . . Played wide receiver and defensive back for the Bulldogs . . . Registered 60 tackles and made three interceptions during his senior campaign . . . Registered five interceptions during his junior season at Franklin County . . . Other top scholarship offer: Ole Miss . . . Committed to MSU in May 2006.
PERSONAL: Born Mike Monroe Hunt Jr., 9-19-88, in Natchez, Miss. . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hunt Sr.


Nelson Hurst, TE, 6-4, 240, Plainfield, Ind. (Plainfield)
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from high school in December 2007 and enrolled at Mississippi State for spring semester 2008 . . . Rated the No. 34 tight end prospect in the country by recruiting web site Scout.com prior to his senior season . . . Credited with running a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash by Scout . . . That publication rated him in its Midwest Top 100 prospects . . . Ranked as the No. 45 tight end prospect in the nation by ESPN.com in its post-season listing . . . Credited with a 360-pound bench press by the recruiting web site Rivals.com . . . That site rated him as the No. 9 prospect in the state of Indiana . . . Three-year starter on both sides of the ball . . . Named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association and the Bloomington Herald Times Class 4A Junior All-State team as a tight end . . . Was also named an Indiana Grid Iron Digest Top 50 Junior to Watch . . . Made 46 catches for 806 yards (17.5 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns during his final two seasons of high school football . . . Had 17 catches for 301 yards, a 17.7-yard average, and six touchdowns during his senior campaign . . . Caught 29 passes for 505 yards, a 17.4-yard average, and seven touchdowns during his junior season . . . Also starred on the defensive side of the ball . . . Made 71 tackles and 12 quarterback sacks as a junior defensive end. . . An honors student in the classroom . . . Other top scholarship offers: Illinois, Purdue and UCLA . . . Committed to MSU in May 2007.
PERSONAL: Born 2/12/90 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Hurst . . . His father played football at Alabama.


Joshua Jackson, DL, 6-3, 294, Canton, Miss. (Canton)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as the No. 25 defensive tackle in the nation by recruiting web site Rivals.com . . . That site tabbed him as the 11th-best player, regardless of position, in the state of Mississippi . . . Listed as the No. 42 defensive tackle prospect in the U.S. by ESPN.com in its post-season ranking . . . Rated the No. 55 defensive tackle in the country by recruiting website Scout.com . . . He topped all defensive tackles at the New Orleans Scout.com combine by running a 5.12 in the 40-yard dash . . . Also credited with a 335-pound bench press maximum by recruiting website Rivals.com . . . Rated No. 14 on SuperPrep's post-season All-America listing of the state of Mississippi's top players . . . Rated among the top 25 recruits in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season . . . Made 102 tackles, including 15 quarterback sacks, during his senior season . . . Also forced a pair of fumbles . . . Led Class 4A in quarterback sacks during his junior season with 14 . . . Also had 84 total tackles, leading his team to a post-season playoff berth . . . An honor roll student on the high school level . . . Other top scholarship offer: Ole Miss . . . Committed to MSU in May 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Joshua Kenoriss Jackson, 2-12-90 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jackson.


Devin Jones, DL, 6-2, 240, Olive Branch, Miss. (DeSoto Central)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as the No. 62 defensive end prospect in the country by ESPN.com in its post-season listing . . . Rated the No. 70 defensive end prospect in the country by recruiting web site Rivals.com . . . Credited with running a 4.63 in the 40-yard dash and with a 300-pound bench press maximum by Rivals . . . Rated No. 17 on SuperPrep's post-season All-America listing of the state of Mississippi's top players . . . Rated among the top 25 recruits in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season for head coach Chris Purnell at DeSoto Central High School . . . Suffered a knee injury during spring practice following his junior campaign and sat out his entire senior season . . . Won the state Class 4A Power Lifting championship in the 242-pound division during his junior season in high school . . . Other top scholarship offers: Ole Miss . . . Committed to MSU in July 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Devin Chrishawn Jones, 7-7-90 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Threatt.


Shane McCardell, DL, 6-5, 220, Beaumont, Texas (West Brook)
HIGH SCHOOL: Only played high school football during his junior and senior seasons for head coach Craig Stump at West Brook High School in Beaumont, Texas . . . Credited with running a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and with a 39 inch vertical jump by his high school coach. . . Started all nine games in which he saw action during his senior season . . . Made 33 tackles, including five and one-half for loss (minus 46 yards), three and one-half of which were quarterback sacks (minus 31 yards) . . . Forced a pair of fumbles and had one pass deflection during that senior campaign . . . Started five times in the 12 games he played as a junior . . . Had 18 tackles, including 12 for loss (minus 55 yards), seven of which were QB sacks (minus 38 yards) . . . Also recovered a fumble in his junior season, his first year playing football on the high school level . . . Also an outstanding basketball player and track athlete, who ran the anchor leg of his high school team's mile relay . . . Class 5A regional qualifier as a junior in the 400 meters for the Mustangs . . . Other top scholarship offers: Texas, Arkansas, Baylor and Boise State . . . Committed to MSU in January 2008.
PERSONAL: Born Shane A. McCardell, 1-16-90 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel McCardell.


Charles Mitchell, DB, 5-11, 187, Clarksdale, Miss. (Clarksdale)
HIGH SCHOOL: Named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Mississippi this past season . . . Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game following his senior season . . . Led the Mississippi team to victory by pacing the defense in tackles (nine) and recording an interception in the all-star classic . . . Chosen to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen prior to his senior season, symbolic of being one of the top 12 prospects in the state of Mississippi . . . He was rated No. 4 on that newspaper's list of state's top high school recruits . . . Selected first-team, all-state in the defensive backfield by the Clarion-Ledger . . . Named as one of the top 250 players in the country by recruiting web site Rivals.com, he is that web site's 10th-ranked safety prospect nationally . . . Rivals rated him the fifth-best prospect in Mississippi, the top-rated defensive back . . . That site timed him a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash and with a 245-pound bench press max . . . Ranked as the No. 22 safety in the nation by recruiting web site Scout.com, he is that site's No. 8 prospect overall in the state of Mississippi, the top-rated defensive back . . . Credited with running a 4.56 40-yard dash and a 37-inch vertical jump by Scout at its New Orleans camp prior to his senior season . . . SuperPrep rated him the No. 25 defensive backfield prospect in the country in its season-ending All-America issue . . . That publication ranked him the No. 6 prospect in the state of Mississippi, the second-rated defensive back . . . Two-way standout performer for head coach Jim Hughes at Clarksdale (Miss.) High School . . . Starred as both a running back and defensive back for the Wildcats . . . Made 78 tackles, four of which were quarterback sacks, and two pass interceptions in leading Clarksdale to the second round of the state playoffs as a senior . . . Offensively, he rushed 80 times for 520 yards and nine touchdowns, and caught 14 passes for 200 yards and another score . . . Named second-team, all-state in the secondary by the Clarion-Ledger as a junior when he led Clarksdale to the state semifinals . . . Made 108 tackles and had three interceptions that season, while rushing for 1,151 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense . . . Three-year starter on the prep level . . . Solid student in the high school classroom with a 2.80 grade point average . . . Other top scholarship offers: Nebraska, Michigan, Alabama, and Ole Miss.
PERSONAL: Born Charles D. Mitchell, 9-13-89 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Mitchell.


Montario "ToJo" Patterson, RB, 6-0, 190, Corinth, Miss. (Biggersville)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 40 running back prospect in the country by recruiting web site Rivals.com, he was ranked as the No. 13 player in the state of Mississippi, the second-best running back . . . That site credited him with running a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and a 37-inch vertical jump . . . Ranked No. 64 among the nation's top running back prospects, according to ESPN.com in its post-season listing . . . Listed with the top 20 running backs in the Southeastern Conference area by the G&W Recruiting Report, the only offensive back from the state of Mississippi . . . That publication also mentioned him as one of the top 250 players in the country, regardless of position . . . Missed much of his senior season after sustaining a season-ending broken leg . . . Rated No. 20 on SuperPrep's post-season All-America listing of the state of Mississippi's top players, the state's second-best running back . . . Rated among the top 40 recruits in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season . . . Rushed for 1,858 yards and 17 touchdowns during his junior campaign . . . Also made 53 tackles while playing defense . . . Three-year starter at Biggersville . . . Ran 11.2 in the 100-meter dash and 22.45 in the 200 as a junior . . . Solid student with a 3.2 grade point average in the high school classroom . . . Committed to MSU in March 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Montario Tyre' Patterson, 6-10-89 . . . Son of Mr. Marlon Dilworth and Ms. Allison Patterson.


Delmon Robinson, WR, 5-10, 180, Vicksburg, Miss. (Vicksburg)
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the Mississippi/Alabama High School all-star game as a defensive back . . . Credited with running a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash by recruiting web site Rivals.com . . . Rated among the top 25 recruits in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season . . . That newspaper selected him second-team, all-state as a defensive back following his senior season for head coach Alonzo Stevens at Vicksburg (Miss.) High School . . . All-around athlete who excelled in football, basketball, baseball and track on the high school level . . . He won the state championship in the high jump as a junior for the Gators . . . Played baseball on the prep level as well . . . Also an outstanding student in the high school classroom with a 3.7 grade point average . . . Committed to MSU in July 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Delmon C. Robinson, 9-4-89 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Dellie Robinson . . . His father was an all-America basketball player at Alcorn State.


Tobias Smith, OL, 6-3, 292, Columbus, Miss. (Columbus)
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as the No. 34 offensive guard prospect in the country by recruiting web site Rivals.com . . . That site has him listed as the No. 9 prospect, regardless of position, in the state of Mississippi, following his senior season . . . He was the second-ranked offensive lineman on the chart, the top-rated offensive guard . . . Credited with a 405-pound bench press max and a 32-inch vertical jump by Rivals . . . He was rated No. 66 on Scout.com's post-season listing of the top offensive tackles in the nation . . . Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game . . . Named first-team, all-state on the offensive line by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following a standout senior season for head coach Daryl Jones at Columbus (Miss.) High School . . . Accomplished all that despite playing two games with a broken foot and missing four others . . . Was a three-year starter on the offensive line for the Falcons . . . Other top scholarship offer: Baylor . . . Committed to MSU in January 2008.
PERSONAL: Born Tobias Antonio Smith, 9-16-89 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin Smith.


Trevor Stigers, DL, 6-4, 225, Ridgeland, Miss. (Ridgeland)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 51 defensive end in the country by recruiting web site Scout.com . . . Ranked the No. 29 weak side defensive end in the nation by recruiting web site Rivals.com . . . That site also considered him the No. 14 prospect in Mississippi overall, the state's second-best defensive end . . . Selected to play in the Mississippi/Alabama High School all-star game as a defensive end . . . Rated No. 9 in the state of Mississippi's Ten Most Wanted recruits by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season . . . Rated No. 13 on SuperPrep's post-season All-America listing of the state of Mississippi's top players, the state's top true defensive end prospect . . . Credited with running a 4.87 in the 40-yard dash and with a 270-pound bench press max by Rivals . . . Named first-team, all-state on the defensive line by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season . . . That newspaper named him its Metro Jackson Player of the Year . . . Made 84 tackles for head coach Kenny Burton's Ridgeland (Miss.) High School team during his senior season . . . Had 11.5 quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles and four pass deflections during that senior campaign . . . Recorded 109 tackles and 14 quarterback sacks during his junior season . . . Head coach Kenny Burton . . . Other top scholarship offers: Ole Miss . . . Committed to MSU in October 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Trevor Trent Stigers, 9-18-89, in Crawford, Miss. . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Butler.


Baker Swedenburg, P, 5-10, 175, Columbus, Miss. (Heritage Academy)
HIGH SCHOOL: Was ranked the No. 3 punter in the country in March 2007 by the Ray Guy ProKicker.com web site . . . Considered the No. 7 kicker nationally by ESPN.com in its post-season listing . . . Rated No. 24 on recruiting web site Rivals.com ranking of the nation's top punters and place-kickers . . . Rated among the top 40 recruits in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season . . . That newspaper selected him second-team, all-state punter following his senior season for head coach Herbert Davis at Heritage Academy in Columbus, Miss. . . . Punted 46 times for a 42-yard average as a junior . . . Had a season-long 67-yard boot . . . Named first-team, all-state by the Mississippi Private Schools Association and first-team North AAA All-Conference following both his junior and senior seasons . . . Solid student in the high school classroom with a 3.00 grade point average . . . Committed to MSU in July 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Michael Baker Swedenburg, 8-19-89 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Swedenburg.


Bo Walters, LB, 6-1, 225, Wilsonville, Ala. (Briarwood Christian)
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the Mississippi/Alabama High School all-star game as a linebacker. . . Considered the No. 38 outside linebacker prospect in the nation by ESPN.com in its post-season listing . . . Rated the No. 46 inside linebacker prospect in the country by recruiting web site Scout.com . . . .Named to the Super All-Metro Birmingham first-team at linebacker following his senior season by the Birmingham News . . . Selected first-team Class 5A all-state at linebacker by the Alabama Sports Writers Association . . . Rated No. 28 on SuperPrep's post-season All-America listing of the state of Alabama's top players, the state's top inside linebacker prospect . . . Ran a 4.46 40-yard dash, jumped 36 inches in the vertical leap, and bench pressed 370 pounds at his high school camp prior to his senior season for head coach Fred Yancey at Briarwood Christian High School . . . Made 110 tackles, including four tackles for loss, during his senior campaign . . . Also had two pass deflections . . . Played outside linebacker as a junior . . . Solid high school student with a 2.80 grade point average . . . Committed to MSU in March 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Geoffrey Bozeman Walters, 2-10-89 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Geoff Walters.


Louis Watson, DB, 5-10, 165, Mobile, Ala. (St. Paul's Episcopal)
HIGH SCHOOL: Was selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game, but sat out the contest due to injury . . . Named first-team, Class 5A all-state at defensive back by the Alabama Sports Writers Association . . . Credited with running a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash by recruiting web site Scout.com . . . Recruiting web site Rivals.com credits him with a 4.53 time in the 40 and with a 250-pound bench press max . . . Rated No. 33 on SuperPrep's post-season All-America listing of the state of Alabama's top players, the state's top cornerback prospect . . . Helped coach Mike Bates' St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile, Ala., to the Class 5A state championship during his senior season . . . Registered 65 tackles and six interceptions during his senior campaign for the Saints . . . Recorded 43 tackles and six pass interceptions as a junior defensive back as well . . . Had eight catches for 166 yards, a 20.8-yard average, and three touchdowns during his junior season as a wide receiver . . . Also returned one kickoff for a touchdown that season . . . Outstanding track sprinter on the high school level . . . Other top scholarship offers: Colorado, Louisville and Purdue . . . Committed to MSU in January 2008.
PERSONAL: Born Louis Teddy Watson, 1-23-90 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Watson . . . His father played football at Mississippi Valley State and in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns.


O'Neal Wilder, WR, 6-5, 190, Carthage, MS (Carthage)
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Classic all-star game at Shreveport, La., following his senior season in 2006 . . . Had one catch for 43 yards in that game . . . Credited with running a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash by recruiting web site Scout.com . . . Played just two years of high school football . . . Named second-team, all-state at wide receiver following his senior season for head coach Pete Lucovich at Carthage (Miss.) High School by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger . . . Selected first-team, all-state in Class 3A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches . . . Helped his prep team reach the second round of the state playoffs during his senior season . . . Had more than 600 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns during that senior year . . . Had 18 catches for 428 yards, a 23.8-yard average, and four touchdowns, during his junior campaign . . . Also a standout basketball and track performer on the high school level . . . Scheduled to run both the 200 and 400 meters in track at State as well . . . Ran a state-best 48.3 in the 400 meters on the high school level . . . Other top scholarship offer: Miami (Fla.) . . . Committed to Mississippi State in February 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Cranston O'Neal Wilder, 8-9-89, in Jackson, Miss. . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Rushing.

 

 

 

 


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