2004 Mississippi State football signees


Posted Feb 5, 2004


Here's a complete list of Mississippi State signees at the end of Wednesday.

Fred Akines, DB, 6-3, 195, Clarksdale, Miss. (Clarksdale) -- Named one of the top 35 defensive backs in the southeast by PrepStar recruiting magazine in its post-season edition . . . Ranked with the top 20 players in the state of Mississippi by the Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual . . . Made 140 career tackles and 18 interceptions during his three seasons starting for Clarksdale . . . Had 52 total tackles and 10 pass interceptions during a standout senior season . . . Had 53 tackles and three interceptions as a junior and 35 tackles with five thefts as a sophomore.

Mario Bobo, DB, 6-1, 170, Batesville, Miss. (South Panola) -- Listed #16 on the state of Mississippi¹s top recruits by the Insiders.com online recruiting site . . . Credited with running a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash by that site . . . Ranked with the top 25 recruits in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season at South Panola High School in Batesville, Miss. . . . Recorded four pass interceptions during his senior season, helping his high school team to a state championship.

Titus Brown, LB, 6-3, 215, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Hillcrest) -- Ranked as one of the top 60 linebackers in the southeast by PrepStar magazine in its pre-season edition . . . Credited with running a 4.66 in the 40-yard dash by the Insiders.com online recruiting website . . . Played outside linebacker at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. . . . Registered more than 90 tackles, including 10 quarterback sacks, during his senior season . . . Helped lead Hillcrest to a 10-3 overall record and into the Alabama Class 6A quarterfinals . . . Made 80 tackles as a junior, including four quarterback sacks, four caused fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Adam Carlson, P/PK, 6-3, 175, Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport) -- Named second-team, all-state by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger as a punter . . . Averaged 42 yards per punt during his senior season at Gulfport . . . Was also a part-time quarterback on the prep level . . . Did not start playing football until his junior year in high school . . . Also played baseball and soccer on the high school level.

Jeffrey Farr, OL, 6-3, 305, Pell City, Ala. (Pell City) ­ Ranked as one of the top 60 offensive linemen in the southeast by PrepStar magazine in both its pre-season and post-season editions . . . Ranked as the #24 player overall in the state of Alabama, the fifth-best offensive lineman, by Superprep magazine in its year-ending All-America Issue . . . Ranked with the top 40 players in the state of Alabama by the Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual, one of just three offensive linemen mentioned . . . Credited with a 360-pound bench press by The Insiders.com online recruiting site . . . Played both offensive guard and tackle, and defensive tackle, at the prep level . . . Earned first-team, all-state honors as both a senior and junior, and was named all-metro Birmingham by the Birmingham News . . . Played on the varsity team as early as the 9th grade . . . Excellent high school student with a 3.0-plus grade point average.

Demon Glanton, DB, 6-1, 185, Atlanta, Ga. (Mays) -- Credited with running a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash by the Insiders.com online recruiting website . . . Started for two seasons on both sides of the football at Mays High School in Atlanta, Ga. . . . As a senior, he had more than 600 yards receiving from his wide receiver position, and six interceptions on the defensive side of the ball . . . Was named honorable mention all-state in 2003.

Michael Henig, QB, 6-0, 175, Montgomery, Ala. (Jefferson Davis) ­ Rated the #1 quarterback at the 2003 summer Bowden Quarterback Camp, he won the camp's long throw competition with a 64 and one-half yard toss . . . Also recorded a 72 year long throw at the 2003 LSU football camp . . . He was also selected to the EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback camp that summer, one of just 100 quarterbacks nation-wide to be extended an invitation . . . Credited with running a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash by the Insiders.com online recruiting website . . . After playing behind a three-year starter for his first three years of high school, he led his Jefferson Davis High School team in Montgomery, Ala., to an 8-3 mark, with the three losses coming to teams with an aggregate 41-3 record . . . He helped his team reach the second round of the Alabama Class 6A playoffs in 2003 . . . Completed 71-of-149 passes for 1,339 yards, 14 touchdowns and just seven interceptions during his senior campaign . . . He closed the 2003 season with a flurry, throwing for 825 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions in the final five games.

Dio Herrera, OL, 6-4, 310, Hollywood, Fla. (Christian) -- Listed with the top 100 offensive linemen in the country by the Insiders.com online recruiting website . . . Ranked as the #91 prospect, regardless of position, in the state of Florida by FloridaKids online recruiting website in its preseason release of the state¹s top players . . . Credited with running a 5.0 in the 40-yard dash by Insiders.com . . . Selected as captain of the Broward County all-star team that played in the Dade-Broward All-Star game following his senior season at Christian High School in Hollywood, Fla.

Keon Humphries, WR, 5-10, 165, Montgomery, Ala. (Lanier) -- Did not play football until his senior season at Lanier High School in Montgomery, Ala. . . . Despite that late start, he earned all-metro Montgomery and honorable mention all-state in his lone season . . . In just seven games during that senior campaign, he had more than 30 pass receptions for 755 yards and seven touchdowns . . . Called "one of the fastest players in the state of Alabama" by the Insiders.com online recruiting service, he has run the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds, and is consistently in the 4.4 range or better . . . Played baseball, basketball and ran track before joining the football team for his senior season.

Damien Huren, LB, 6-1, 215, Amite, La. (Southwest [Miss.] CC) -- Named first-team, All-Region 23 at linebacker . . . Was sixth in the district in interceptions during his sophomore season with five (54 yards in returns).

DeMarcus Johnson, RB, 5-10, 190, College Park, Ga. (Banneker) -- Ranked #59 among the state of Georgia's top prospects by the Insiders.com online recruiting website . . . Credited with running a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash by that service . . . Rushed for more than 1,000 yards during his junior season, averaging more than 6 yards per carry.

Rory Johnson, LB, 6-2, 215, Vicksburg, Miss. (Vicksburg) ­ Named second-team, all-America by USA Today . . . Named one of the top seven weakside linebackers in the country by Max Emfinger in his on-line national senior database . . . Credited with running a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash by Emfinger . . . Ranked as one of the top 10 linebackers in the southeast by PrepStar magazine in both its pre-season and post-season editions . . .Credited with running a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash by that publication . . . Ranked as the #1 player overall in the state of Mississippi by Superprep magazine in its year-ending All-America Issue . . . Earned that same designation on the Insiders.com online recruiting site . . . Ranked with the top five players in the state of Mississippi by the Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual, the highest rated linebacker on the list . . . Named to the second-team, all-South squad by Davis . . . Named to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen prior to his senior season as one of the state of Mississippi's top 12 senior football players . . . Ranked with the top 25 recruits in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season at Vicksburg High School . . . Named second-team, all-state by the Clarion-Ledger at the linebacker position . . . Helped Vicksburg to an 8-4 overall record during his senior season . . . Made 80 tackles, including eight sacks and eight fumble recoveries during his senior campaign . . . Totaled 96 tackles, including 12 for loss and nine quarterback sacks, during his junior season, helping Vicksburg to an 8-4 record and into the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Anthony Littlejohn, LB, 6-3, 215, Jacksonville, Fla. (Englewood) -- Ranked as one of the top 60 linebackers in the southeast by PrepStar magazine in both its pre-season and post-season editions . . . Credited with running a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash by the Insiders.com online recruiting website . . . Recorded 110 tackles, four sacks, and four pass interceptions during his senior season at Englewood High School in Jacksonville, Fla. . . . Registered 97 tackles as a junior, including 12 for loss and seven quarterback sacks . . . Also had a pair of interceptions.

Jonathan Lowe, WR, 5-7, 165, Phenix City, Ala. (Central) ­ Played running back at Central High School in Phenix City, Ala., but is projected to be a wide receiver and kick returner at the college level . . . He accounted for 1,802 all-purpose yards and scored 19 touchdowns, helping lead Central to a 9-2 overall record and a berth in the Alabama Class 6A post-season playoffs.

Kenneth McClelland, WR, 5-10, 175, Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington) ­ Credited with running the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds by Rivals.com online recruiting website . . . Played quarterback for perennial national power Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., earning all-state recognition . . . Threw for 1,352 yards and rushed for 720 yards during his senior campaign . . . Also played cornerback on defense.

Gabriel O'Neal, LB, 6-2, 215, Columbus, Miss. (Columbus) ­ Named to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen prior to his senior season as one of the state of Mississippi's top 12 senior football players . . . Ranked as the #11 player overall in the state of Mississippi by Superprep magazine in its year-ending All-America Issue . . . Ranked with the top 25 recruits in the state of Mississippi by the Clarion-Ledger following his senior season at Columbus High School. . . . Named honorable mention all-state by the Mississippi Association of Coaches . . . Credited with running a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash by the Insiders.com online recruiting website . . . Helped lead Columbus High School to a 7-4 senior year record . . . Made more than 100 tackes during the 2003 season and rushed for over 900 yards from the tailback position on offense . . .Registered 53 tackles and a pair of interceptions during his junior campaign . . . A solid (3.0 gpa) student in high school.

Corey Spells, DB, 6-0, 185, Atlanta, Ga. (Mays) ­ Credited with running a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash by the Insiders.com online recruiting website . . . Injured during his junior season, he did not play at all that season . . . Rebounded during his senior campaign to make 98 tackles with 20 pass deflections and five pass interceptions . . . Also credited with nine fumble recoveries . . . Also a track standout on the high school level.

Anthony Strauder, DL, 6-4, 285, Natchez, Miss. (Natchez) -- Named one of the top 48 defensive linemen in the southeast by PrepStar recruiting magazine in its post-season edition . . . Ranked as the #12 player overall in the state of Mississippi by Superprep magazine in its year-ending All-America Issue . . . Listed #22 on the state of Mississippi's top prospects by Insiders.com online recruiting site . . . Ranked with the top 25 recruits in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season at Natchez High School . . . Three-year starter on the defensive line at Natchez High School . . . Tallied 40 tackles and five quarterback sacks during his senior season, despite missing five games with a broken leg . . . His cousin Herman Carroll played at Mississippi State from 1990-93.

Roland Terry, OL, 6-7, 260, Meridian, Miss. (Lamar School) ­ Named one of the top 56 offensive tackles in the country by Max Emfinger in his online national senior database . . . Ranked as one of the top 60 offensive linemen in the southeast by PrepStar magazine in its pre-season edition . . . Ranked as the #19 player overall in the state of Mississippi, the third-best offensive lineman, by Superprep magazine in its year-ending All-America Issue . . . Ranked with the top 15 players in the state of Mississippi by the Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual, the second-best offensive lineman on the list . . . Credited with running 5.0 in the 40 by The Insiders' recruiting site . . . Ranked with the top 40 recruits in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season at Lamar School in Meridian, Miss. . . . Played both offensive tackle and defensive end on the prep level . . . Played in the Mississippi Private Schools Associaton all-star game following his senior campaign . . . Led his prep team to the Class AAA state championship during his senior season . . . Started for his high school team since the 9th grade.

Brandon Thornton, RB, 5-10, 185, Birmingham, Ala. (Homewood) -- Ranked as one of the top 50 running backs in the southeast by PrepStar pre-season magazine prior to his senior season at Homewood High School in Birmingham, Ala. . . . Ranked with the top 30 players in the state of Alabama, regardless of position, by the Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual . . . Credited with running a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash by the Insiders.com online website . . . Rushed for 1,951 yards and 33 touchdowns on 249 carries (7.8 yards per rush) as a senior . . . He led his high school team to a 12-2 overall record and a berth in the Class 5A state semifinals in 2003 . . . Earned all-state recognition by rushing for 1,455 yards and 27 touchdowns during his junior season, helping Homewood to a state title . . . Was named the most valuable player in the state championship game . . . Also caught 21 passes for 282 yards and five more scores . . . Solid student (3.0 gpa) in the high school classroom.

Robert Walker, TE, 6-3, 270, Ponchatoula, La. (Southwest [Miss.] CC) ­ Credited with running a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash by the Insiders.com online recruiting website . . . Named honorable mention all-South Division following his sophomore season at Southwest Mississippi Community College as a tight end . . . Hauled in 25 passes during his sophomore season . . . Originally went to Southwest as a linebacker candidate, he made the transition to the offensive side of the ball.



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