Signing Day 2013: Live Tracker

Welcome to the unofficial national holiday that is national signing day. Mississippi State is looking to bring in a nice haul this year, and you can keep track of it right here. I’ll update this post throughout the day with brief bios on each signee.

Remember to check back here for updates from Dan Mullen’s press conference this afternoon, and follow me on Twitter (@bradlocke).

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Chris Jones, DE, Houston
• Vitals: 6-5, 255
• Star ratings: 247Sports 5, Rivals 5, Scout 5
Key facts/figures: Had 160 tackles, 14 sacks last season, played in Under Armour All-America Game.
• Buzz: Nation’s No. 2 prospect, according to 247. Still raw but has elite ability.
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Fred Ross, WR, Tyler, Texas

• Vitals: 6-2, 185

• Star ratings: 247Sports 4, Rivals 4, Scout 4

• Key facts/figures: Had 1,594 yards, 21 TDs receiving last season.

• Buzz: Committed to Oklahoma State nearly a year ago but flipped on signing day.

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Jahmere Irvin-Sills, ATH, Elkton, Md.

• Vitals: 5-10, 172

• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 3, Scout 3

Key facts/figures: No. 13-rated prospect in Maryland by 247.

Buzz: Former Auburn commit could wind up at cornerback.

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Donald Gray, ATH, Memphis
 Vitals: 5-9, 180
• Star ratings: 247Sports 4, Rivals 3, Scout 3
Key facts/figures: Multi-position player with a knack for scoring on special teams.
• Buzz: With Corey Smith flipping to Ohio State, Gray could have a shot at getting in the slot receiver rotation early.
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B.J. Hammond, WR, Gadsden, Ala.
• Vitals: 6-4, 210
• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 3, Scout 3
Key facts/figures: Had 13 catches for 306 yards, 3 TDs in run-heavy offense last season.
• Buzz: Adds size to a position much in need of it.
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Brandon Wells, ATH, Bogue Chitto
 Vitals: 6-2, 175
• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 3, Scout 3
Key facts/figures: Rushed for 1,226 yards, 10 TDs as senior, plus made 17 tackles on defense.
• Buzz: Could wind up at receiver or safety at MSU.
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Damian Williams, QB, Metairie, La.
• Vitals: 6-1, 215
• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 3, Scout 2
Key facts/figures: Passed for 1,900 yards, 18 TDs, 5 INTs last year. Rushed for 874 yards, 10 TDs.
• Buzz: Second QB in this class flipped from Southern Miss on Jan. 16.
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Kent Flowers, OT, Hollandale
• Vitals: 6-4, 295
• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 3, Scout 3
Key facts/figures: Played in 2012 Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic.
• Buzz: No. 8-rated prospect in Mississippi by 247.
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Jamaal Clayborn, OL, Flowood
• Vitals: 6-3, 315
• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 2, Scout 3
Key facts/figures: No. 21-rated prospect in Mississippi by 247.
• Buzz: MAIS All-Star last season for Jackson Academy, recruited as a guard.
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Cord Sandberg, QB, Bradenton, Fla.
• Vitals: 6-2, 200
• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 4, Scout 4
Key facts/figures: Passed for 2,476 yards, 35 TDs, 1 INT last season. Also rushed for 687 yards and 10 TDs.
• Buzz: Would fit MSU’s system well, but could wind up going pro in baseball this summer.

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Gabe Myles, CB, Starkville
• Vitals: 6-0, 183
• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 3, Scout 3
Key facts/figures: Passed for 1,066 yards and 11 TDs last year, guided Starkville to 5A state title.
• Buzz: Son of former Bulldog player Eddie Myles.

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Ashton Shumpert, RB/S, Fulton
• Vitals: 6-2, 212
• Star ratings: 247Sports 4, Rivals 3, Scout 4
Key facts/figures: Rushed for 1,796 yards, 25 TDs as senior, named Daily Journal offensive player of the year.
• Buzz: Physical back who can finish runs, but has good speed. Could compete for playing time early.

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Shelby Christy, WR, Geismar, La.
• Vitals: 6-3, 190
• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 3, Scout 3
Key facts/figures: Had 38 catches for 643 yards, 5 TDs last season.
• Buzz: Other offers included Cincinnati, Colorado, Georgia Tech and Nebraska.

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Jake Thomas, OT, Columbus
• Vitals: 6-5, 300
• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 3, Scout 4
Key facts/figures: Moved to left tackle as sophomore, selected to U.S. Army All-American underclassman combine next year.
 Buzz: Could help solidify a problem position for MSU in a couple of years.

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 Tolando Cleveland, CB, Powder Springs, Ga.
• Vitals: 6-0, 170
• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 3, Scout 2
Key facts/figures: Originally committed to Georgia Tech, flipped to MSU on Jan. 31.
• Buzz: Brings speed, smarts to position.
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Dezmond Harris, ATH, McCalla, Ala.
• Vitals: 6-3, 220
• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 2, Scout 3
Key facts/figures: Tore ACL prior to senior season.
• Buzz: A dual-threat QB in high school, he’ll likely play on defense for MSU.
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De’Runnya Wilson, WR, Birmingham, Ala.

• Vitals: 6-4, 212

• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 3, Scout 3

Key facts/figures: Had 31 catches for 682 yards, 7 TDs last fall at Wenonah School.

• Buzz: No. 19-rated prospect in Alabama by 247.

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Jeremey Chappelle*, WR, Tyler, Texas (Tyler JC)

• Vitals: 6-2, 212

• Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 3, Scout 3

Key facts/figures: Had 60 catches for 801 yards, 9 TDs last season.

• Buzz: Played freshman year at Stephen F. Austin. Expected to immediately help depleted receiving corps.

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Kivon Coman*, S, Chatham, Va. (Hargrave Military)

• Vitals: 6-1, 200

 Star ratings: 247Sports 3, Rivals 3, Scout 3

Key facts/figures: Signed with MSU last year but spent fall at Hargrave.

• Buzz: Florence, Ala., product could have crack at rotation this year.

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Justin Cox*, S, Scooba (East Miss. CC)

• Vitals: 6-2, 185

 Star ratings: 247Sports 4, Rivals 3, Scout 4

Key facts/figures: Made 116 tackles, 11 INTs over two years at EMCC.

 Buzz: Signed with MSU two years ago, should compete for starting job right away.

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Artimas Samuel*, TE, Chatham, Va. (Hargrave Military)

• Vitals: 6-2, 240

• Star ratings: 247Sports 2, Rivals 3, Scout 3

Key facts/figures: Signed with MSU last year, but went to Hargrave instead. Already enrolled in classes.

• Buzz: Joins an already deep group at tight end.

*–January enrollee

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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