On the Football Links: Coaches and Signees


OK, here is the online story about Dan Mullen‘s coaching staff and the assignments he’s given them. And here is today’s story about the signing class MSU pulled in yesterday.

So what’s next for Mullen and his assistants? A couple of days off, for starters. Some of these guys still have families and belongings to move. Then, they’ll spend the next couple of weeks evaluating 2010 prospects, talking to some of the top players and inviting them to junior recruiting days. One position Mullen will be looking to beef up is cornerback. “That’s going to be a big point for us next year,” he said Wednesday. As for 2009, he said some of those receivers – he signed seven of them – could wind up there.

Some fans are wondering about Mullen signing only two offensive linemen, as that was a weakness for the Bulldogs last season. The ones he signed, Gabriel Jackson and early enrollee Sam Watts, are pretty dang good. Plus, there will be only two experienced seniors on the line this fall, so Mullen’s just got to develop the young guys, many of whom were forced to log heavy minutes this past season.

As for those receivers, they have one thing in common: speed. I couldn’t find a 40-yard dash time on Leon Berry, but the other six run it in an average of 4.42 seconds. Zoom. Here’s a quick look at the seven WRs (with Scout.com star ratings):

Leon Berry (4 stars): 6-0, 185, ?
Chad Bumphis (4 stars): 5-10, 193, 4.4
Brandon Heavens (3 stars): 5-10, 170, 4.4
Mardrecas Hood (2 stars): 6-3, 180, 4.5
Maurice Langston (4 stars): 5-11, 185, 4.4
Ricco Sanders (3 stars): 5-11, 175, 4.36
Chris Smith (3 stars): 6-1, 195, 4.45


22 Responses to “On the Football Links: Coaches and Signees”

  1. carwwest Says:

    BL, good stuff…i thought smith was a little taller than that though, oh well….question since you mentioned CBs….

    Nikoe Whitley….when he first committed to us, people were talking about how he was such a good athlete for his size and everything but i havent heard about him in a while but did i remember correctly that he got hurt or something during the season??

  2. JB Says:

    I want to congrat Miss State on their football recruitment and signees. And, further, congrats on the new coaching staff.

  3. imabulldog Says:

    JB, saw I think yesterday that you mentioned being a Fly Boy, I salute your service brother

  4. maroon1white Says:

    BL, now that signing day is over you promised news of McCrae & Elliot. Just a reminder.

  5. buzzardroostus Says:

    I’m not sure what to call Ole Miss’s recruiting class. There’s not many home boys, but they all are good players. And I wonder just how many of those 35 recruits are getting legal scholarships?

  6. imabulldog Says:

    hey, if Poe can get one…

  7. jbuzz74 Says:

    i figure at least a dozen of those signees for OM will be sign and place guys who will not be qualifiers.

  8. JB Says:

    Yep, ima, 20 years and 17 days. USAF. Aim High! AF Slogan, M4 over on PA1 is borrowing it.

  9. dadwithpride Says:

    Biggest Loser on signing day. Chris Garrett was the second quarterback signed, after a 5***** quarterback, to go along with the freshman, redshirt freshman, and soph. already at LSU. That would put him at 5th on the depth chart starting spring practice, although he is already on campus, and prob. working out.
    Hope it works out for him.

  10. Braves Dawg Says:


  11. imabulldog Says:

    cool JB

  12. Brad Locke Says:

    carw: Yeah, Whitley missed most of the past season after tearing the MCL and ACL in his left leg. Ow.

  13. idahobill Says:

    I would just make a friendly point that although I think we signed a great group of receivers, they aren’t that fast. Maybe you were hinting at such in your post, but every receiver says they run a 4.4. Those numbers are self reported. Most of these guys were at Scout.com or Rival combines and their numbers were higher.

  14. imabulldog Says:

    Well, i guess that would mean that all these 5 star recruits that USC and Ohio State got are not quite as fast as they say there are as well…what else do they have to go by?

  15. carwwest Says:

    thanks BL, any word on how he, mcrae, and elliott are recovering??….

    idaho, i understand we are mississippi state and have full reason to be skeptic but you seem to refuse giving credit to anything that this staff has done so far…you say these guys arent that fast but everybody seems to think otherwise…im just curious whether some of the two stars croom signed were so much faster…not to mention croom only left us with 4 receivers….compared to what we have had in the past, the recievers are lightning in a bottle…do you have a link to the combine numbers??

  16. thingreenline Says:

    idahobill = hater

  17. hburgbully Says:

    For those of you that like numbers, here’s some for you: Rivals.com has OM at #18 and MSU at #23 for ’09 recruiting tally. The rankings are based on total points signed which gave OM more points due to signing 37. OM avg points/signee was 44 while we avg’d 52. Gene’s page is scored the same way, w/OM at #16 and us at #19 but the avg points/signee was 89 for OM and 118 for us. H’mmm

  18. www.tupelopix.com Says:

    Idaho? No udaho. I can assure you mr. Bumphis’ 40 time is legit. I’ve seen him run it. And his ‘shiftyness’ and knack for finding open field is better than anyone I’ve ever seen on a HS field.

    The other guys I can’t speak for as I’ve never seen them in action. I will say this about Bumphis, I saw D. Pegues play several HS games, and Bumphis is better. And we all know how talented Pegues is. If Bumphis stays healthy, he’ll be the gamebreaker type guy we’ve been missing.

  19. leeearl Says:

    Here’s our receivers from Rivals:

    Johnthan Banks WR 6-3 180 – Maben, MS
    Leon Berry WR 6-1 185 – Scooba, MS
    Chad Bumphis WR 5-11 185 4.4 Tupelo, MS
    Billy Hamilton WR 6-1 165 4.4 Taylorsville, MS
    Brandon Heavens WR 5-10 165 4.43 Bessemer, AL
    Mardrecas Hood WR 6-3 180 4.5 Reform, AL
    Ricco Sanders WR 5-11 180 4.35 Duncan, SC
    Darius Slay WR 6-1 180 4.37 Brunswick, GA
    Chris Smith WR 6-1 191 4.62 Meridian, MS


  20. tebmsu97 Says:

    Dawgwithpride. Don’t forget though, Russell Sheppard is already on Campus as well. I think Garret made a very bad decision, but I can’t blame the kid. LSU had a lot more to sell than just your daddy went to school there, but he had to realize his chances of sniffing the field are slim. I really like who we ended up with in the deal, seems he just may work out to be be the better of the two.

  21. imabulldog Says:

    yep, he’ll be a Matt Flynn, may play as a 5th yr senior, except he hasn’t waited his whole life to just play in Tiger Stadium. Big Mistake. If you think about it, he probably could have planned ahead, signed with us, gotten out of school early, and be practicing with our guys right now-throwing passes and spending time with the WR’s. But hey…we got Russell, who’ll crush garret’s #’s in college

  22. tebmsu97 Says:

    Funny you say that Ima, I live in Baton Rouge and (obviously) most everyone I know is a Tiger fan/alum. My little girls godfather and I where talking yesterday about Garret and he said that exact thing. “Looks like we found our next Matt Flynn”

    Not ready to say Russell will crush anyone’s numbers, but I am very excited about his future under this staff. If they can turn Alex Smith into a #1 pick, I think Coach Mullen can work wonders with Russell.

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