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    2016 Mississippi State Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Mississippi State Football Recruiting Class: It’s a little bit lacking compared to other SEC classes – okay, a lot lacking – but it’s still a decent haul of talent by most standards. But Mississippi State is trying to be more than just decent.

    January 29, 2016


    2016 Mississippi State Football Recruiting Class: It’s a little bit lacking compared to other SEC classes – okay, a lot lacking – but it’s still a decent haul of talent by most standards. But Mississippi State is trying to be more than just decent.


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    Mississippi State Football Recruiting Class Overview

    Here’s what stinks about Mississippi State and it’s 2016 recruiting class – it would be fantastic in just about any other conference. There were a few elite recruits, and it’s a little low in overall numbers, but Oklahoma State would love to have this class. So would Miami, so would Arizona, so would plenty of other Power 5 schools, but it’s just okay for the SEC. Even so, head coach Dan Mullen has proven he can win big with classes like this, especially if the stars come through.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Defensive ends. Getting Jeffery Simmons means everything to this class. Take him out, and all of a sudden the very good recruiting season becomes just okay. Kobe Jones is a 6-4, 260-pound pass rusher, while Marquiss Spencer is a 6-5, 245-pound hybrid who should be great on the outside. JUCO transfer Tre Brown should be able to work inside or out depending on the alignment.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    DE Jeffery Simmons, 6-4, 270 – He has the size, the athleticism, and the skills to be an All-SEC star very, very quickly. He might not be the most polished end, but with his size and his strength, the tools are all there. Once it all comes together, he should be dominant. Beating out Alabama and Ole Miss for him, this was Mississippi State’s really, really big win.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Quarterback. The defense is loaded with veterans with corner Taveze Calhoun the only massive loss, and the offense loses tackle Rufus Warren and guard Justin Malone, but there’s one big, giant, glaring hole to fill at quarterback. Obviously Dak Prescott was a big-time talent, but his leadership and all he brought as the face of the franchise will be impossible to replace.

    2016 Mississippi State Football Recruiting Class

    Tre Brown DL 6-4 290 Ackerman, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)
    Korey Charles ATH 5-11 173 Tallahassee, Fla. (North Florida Christian HS)
    Jamal Couch ATH 6-5 222 Phenix City, Ala. (Central HS)
    Cameron Dantzler DB 6-2 170 Hammond, La. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
    Lashard Durr DB 5-11 190 Gulfport, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)
    Greg Eiland OL 6-7 320 Philadelphia, Miss. (Philadelphia HS)
    John Michael-Hankerson WR 6-1 170 South Bend, Ind. (Washington HS)
    Dontea Jones TE 6-4 250 McCool, Miss. (Jireh (N.C.) Prep)
    Kobe Jones DL 6-4 262 Starkville, Miss. (Starkville HS)
    C.J. Morgan-Walker DB 6-0 192 Bossier City, La. (Parkway HS)
    Nero Nelson DB 5-11 170 Hollandale, Miss. (Simmons HS)
    Dareuan Parker OL 6-5 326 Olive Branch, Miss. (DeSoto Central HS)
    Stewart Reese OL 6-5 340 Fort Pierce, Fla. (Fort Pierce Central HS)
    Christian Roberson TE 6-5 230 Powder Springs, Ga. (McEachern HS)
    Jeffery Simmons DL 6-4 275 Macon, Miss. (Noxubee County HS)
    Marquiss Spencer DL 6-4 223 Greenwood, Miss. (Greenwood HS)
    Jordan Thomas TE 6-6 275 Decatur, Miss. (East Central CC)
    Erroll Thompson LB 6-2 245 Florence, Ala. (Florence HS)

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