Miss State welcomes new group of football players

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Starkville, MS-Mississippi State added 20 members to its 2013 football team this spring, with 16 student-athletes signing Letters of Intent on Wednesday, the first day of the football signing period.

The Bulldogs added the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year, Ashton Shumpert of Itawamba AHS, the state’s top recruit, Chris Jones of Houston High School, and Parade All-American Fred Ross of Tyler Texas. Head coach Dan Mullen and staff added four players at the start of the spring semester and closed out with a signing class ranked nationally by every recruiting publication.

“We’re excited about this class of young men set to join our program,” Mullen said. “Give credit to our assistants and staff for putting together this collection of talent that will join us in our goal of winning championships at Mississippi State. Our program is built on retention and development and this group will join a dedicated bunch that has already been hard at work building toward the 2013 season.”

Mississippi State has now signed a Parade All-American in each of Mullen’s five recruiting classes and has signed the Gatorade Player of the Year three of five years and the Jackson Clarion-Ledger’s “Most Wanted” recruit three times. The Bulldogs signed four of the state’s “10 Most Wanted” according to the Jackson newspaper and three of the top five recruits in the state according to Scout.com.

The Bulldogs are set to begin spring practice on March 21, and will open the 2013 season in in the Texas Kick Off Classic at Reliant Stadium in Houston against Oklahoma State on August 31.


Jeremey Chappelle WR 6-2 212 Tyler, TX (Tyler JC)
Shelby Christy WR 6-3 190 Geismar, LA (Dutchtown HS)
Jamaal Clayborn OL 6-4 315 Jackson, MS (Jackson Academy)
Tolando Cleveland DB 6-0 170 Powder Springs, GA (Hillgrove HS)
Kivon Coman DB 6-1 195 Sheffield, AL (Hargrave Military Academy)
Justin Cox S 6-3 190 West Point, MS (East Mississippi CC)
Kent Flowers OL 6-5 300 Hollandale, MS (Simmons HS)
Donald Gray WR 5-11 180 Memphis, TN (White Station HS)
B.J. Hammond WR 6-4 215 Gadsden, AL (Gadsden City HS)
Dezmond Harris LB 6-4 220 McCalla, AL (McAdory HS)
Chris Jones DL 6-5 250 Houston, MS (Houston HS)
Gabe Myles ATH 6-0 180 Starkville, MS (Starkville HS)
Fred Ross WR 6-2 185 Tyler, TX (John Tyler HS)
Artimus Samuel TE 6-2 227 Columbus, GA (Hargrave Military Academy)
Cord Sandberg QB 6-3 215 Bradenton, FL (Manatee HS)
Ashton Shumpert ATH 6-2 215 Fulton, MS (Itawamba AHS)
Jake Thomas OL 6-5 300 Columbus, MS (Columbus HS)
Brandon Wells ATH 6-2 180 Bogue Chitto, MS (Bogue Chitto HS)
Damian Williams QB 6-1 215 Metairie, LA (Archbishop Rummel HS)
De’Runnya Wilson WR 6-5 215 Birmingham, AL (Wenonah HS)