Scouting reports from MSU coaches on new signees

As faxes come in on college football’s national signing day, this page will be updated with scouting reports from coaches on each of Mississippi State’s signees, listed in order of most recent signature to earliest.

Jordan Harris, offensive lineman, 6-5, 299, Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson High School)

Scouting report from offensive line coach John Hevesy: “Big athletic kid. You see the athletic ability and the size in a kid that’s that big, to run around athletically, lateral movement and all those things. You can’t have enough of those guys.”

Cory Thomas, 6-5, 273, Bessemer, Ala. (McAdory high School)

Scouting report from defensive coordinator Geoff Collins: “He’s a 6’5”, 270-pound kid. Runs really well. Plays with a great deal of energy, great deal of juice. He’s kind of got an infectious personality. He’s just a big kid that can run really well and change direction.”

Ronald Cochran, offensive lineman, 6-4, 255, Olive Branch, Miss. (Olive Branch High School)

Scouting report from wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales: “Extremely athletic, great feet, great punch, great change of direction. Watched him play basketball – just an all-around talented kid. Can go up and dunk multiple different ways. I think the biggest thing with him is he’s just so athletic. I think the best for him and his future is going to be very bright.”

Lashard Durr, cornerback, 5-11, 181, Gulfport, Miss. (Harrison Central High School)

Scouting report from cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend: “Talented corner. Very, very athletic.”

Will Coleman, defensive end, 6-5, 248, Tyler, Texas (Tyler Junior College)

Scouting report from defensive line coach David Turner: “A long, rangy guy. Junior college, little bit older guy. We’ve had a lot of success with junior college ends, starting with Pernell McPhee and Denico Autry, so we’re hoping he can come in and continue the success we’ve had with those guys at end. I think he’s gonna bring a dimension in terms of coming off the edge with some pressure. He’s gonna have to get in the weight room and work extremely hard, but he’s an athletic guy. Played a lot standing up, so we’ve got some packages we think he can fit in well. Really excited to have him as a part of the family.”

Aeris Williams, running back, 6-1, 200, West Point, Miss. (West Point High School)

Scouting report from running backs coach Greg Knox: “Great player, lots of potential. Very hard runner. Plays with passion, loves the game.  He’s got a tremendous future in front of him.”

JT Gray, safety, 6-0, 196, Clarksdale, Miss. (Clarksdale High School)

Scouting report from cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend: “Explosive player. Has the demeanor of an SEC player when he makes contact. He’ll be a safety.”

Grant Harris, defensive tackle, 6-3, 270, Bolton, Miss. (Clinton High School)

Scouting report from defensive line coach David Turner: “Big, athletic young man. He could play end. Had him in camp and liked him. He comes from a great family. Got a big, huge upside. I like him a lot. I think he’s one of the top guys in the state, there’s no question. When we started evaluating guys and looking at the guys in-state that we would love to have, he was one of them. We’re really excited to have him as part of the family and can’t wait to get him here and work with him and I think he’s got a huge upside.”

Deshon Cooper, linebacker, 6-2, 209, Atlanta, Ga. (Columbia High School)

Scouting report from defensive coordinator Geoff Collins: “Long, rangy, athletic kid. Great blitzer, great out in space. Came to camp and did really good. Probably one of the two best kids we had in camp. He’s a very productive player, has a lot of sacks, caused fumbles, recovered fumbles, so he’ll fit in good with the mayhem style of defense.”

Darrion Hutcherson, tight end, 6-7, 250, Dadeville, Ala. (Copiah_lincoln Community College)

Scouting report from tight ends coach Scott Sallach: “Darrion is just a big, athletic guy that kind of fits the way we like to use our guys. He can put his hand in the ground, he can play in the hip and in a lot of his high school stuff he was actually flexed out. He’s a guy that can do a lot of the things we’re looking for. He looks like he could be a dominator in the run game and be a nice, big target for mismatches in the pass game for us. He’s a guy that I think is a very good player and has a big upside once he gets into what we’re doing. He’s got all the skills that we need to be successful at this position.”

Deion Calhoun, offensive lineman, 6-3, 325, Pleasant Grove, Ala. (Restoration Academy)

Scouting report from offensive line coach John Hevesy: “A big, strong, powerful, 6’3”, 320-pound guard that’s got great power, great strength. Kind of the form of what we’ve had here in the past with Gabe Jackson, Jamal Clayborn, Justin Malone. Those type bodies, those type kids.

Elgton Jenkins, offensive lineman, 6-4, 283, Clarksdale, Miss. (Clarksdale High School)

Scouting report from offensive line coach John Hevesy: “A kid that’s really come along and matured the past year. On film, you watch him and he’s just a great athlete. He plays a lot of both offensive and defensive line in high school, which he’s gonna be an offensive lineman here. He’s really done a great job of maturing to where he’s 285 pounds, 6’4”. He’s gonna be a great asset for us. Like a lot of kids we have, who you see mature and get better and better. Great player when he gets here.”

Jesse Jackson, wide receiver, 6-2, 201, Petal, Miss. (Petal High School)

Scouting report from wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales: “Big, strong, physical wide receiver. Had a great junior season, got injured his senior season, but came to camp. One of the hardest workers I’ve seen in a long time, all the way around. Just a fantastic young man. Strong, physical, strong to the ball, good hands, comes in and out of breaks, does a very good job at that. Physical, knows how to use his body, knows how to get off bump and run, was coached extremely well in high school. Again, I think the one thing that adds with him is the strength, being able to go get the ball.”

Gerri Green, linebacker, 6-4, 221, Greenville, Miss. (Greenville Weston High School)

Scouting report from defensive coordinator Geoff Collins: “We’ve been recruiting him for a long time. He’s come to camp since he was a young guy and he’s in the KJ Wright, Benardrick McKinney mold. He’s 6’4”, 220, we’ll probably project to be a 240-pound kid. He is up for Valedictorian of his class, he’s top three in his class academically. Explosive player, highly productive, long, rangy. Whenever you say KJ Wright and Benardrick McKinney, pretty good comparisons. We’re excited about him as a player.”

Dontavian Lee, running back, 6-1, 211, Hattiesburg, Miss. (Forrest County High School)

Scouting report from safeties coach Tony Hughes: “Really good size, 4.5 40 yard dash, led his team to the state championship, played on both sides of the ball. A very elusive type runner, a slasher, changes direction, quick feet, explosive at the end of his runs.”

Brandon Bryant, defensive back, 5-11, 194, Tunica, Miss. (Rosa Fort High School)

Scouting report from cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend: “A very athletic, big kid. Possibly a safety or a corner.”

Chris Rayford, cornerback, 6-0, 182, Byhalia, Miss. (Byhalia High School)

Scouting report from cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend: “Hard worker. Everybody loves him at the school. His best football is in front of him. Very smart kid. Loves to work and possibly a safety or a corner.”

Braxton Hoyett, defensive tackle, 6-3, 285, Pelham, Ala. (Pelham High School)

Scouting report from defensive coordinator Geoff Collins: “He is a big, physical kid. Plays in a good league over in Birmingham. Came to camp, did really well. Moves really well for a big guy. Good change of direction, good lateral movement and he plays really physical. He’s an intelligent kid, he’s a tough kid, so he can play really five different spots for us along the D-line.”

Jamoral Graham, wide receiver, 5-10, 165, Decatur, Miss. (Newton County High School)

Scouting report from wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales: “One of the things is he’s explosive when he has the ball in his hands, a big-time play-maker. You’ll see him have an opportunity to make people miss and I think right now, in today’s game with offenses the way they are, if you can get a skilled athlete the ball in space he’s got a chance to be successful. Extremely explosive young man. Great speed. Great change of direction. He’s got big playmaking opportunities whenever he gets the ball in his hands.”

Logan Cooke, kicker/punter, 6-5, 200, Kokomo, Miss. (Columbia Academy)

Scouting report from safeties coach Tony Hughes: “Extremely athletic for a punter/kicker. He’s got great height. He plays basketball, probably averages 20 points a game, played wide receiver for his high school, just an all-around good athlete that has a lot of potential. Coach Mullen offered him in camp and we think that we’re getting a great kicker/punter for the future.”

Elijah Staley, quarterback, 6-6, 231, Marietta, Ga. (Wheeler High School)

Scouting report from defensive coordinator Geoff Collins: “He’s a 6’6”, 6’7” quarterback. Tremendous athlete, moves around, scrambles really well, runs the zone-read option really well, has a cannon for an arm and a lot of energy, a lot of juice. Anybody that follows him on twitter knows that he’s a lot of fun to be around. Great personality. I think he’ll fit in well with what we do on offense here.”

Jocquell Johnson, offensive lineman, 6-4, 308, Jackson, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln Community College)

Scouting report from offensive line coach John Hevesy: “A junior college kid, Joc has done a great job. We see the same thing we saw two years when he was in high school out of Callaway. Athletic ability, great size. A 320-pound kid that has great athletic ability and natural power to him. He can play, really, guard or tackle for us, or even center, if necessary.”

Nick Fitzgerald, quarterback, 6-5, 210, Richmond Hill, Ga. (Richmond Hill High School)

Scouting report from offensive line coach John Hevesy: “Great kid, great leader of his team. His enthusiasm already being here for three weeks, he’s shown great leadership skills and toughness that we look for in quarterbacks.”

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