Mississippi State Loads up on Wide Receiver Recruits

By Patrick Schmidt


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Mississippi State finished signing day with the No. 25 ranked recruiting class in large part because Chris Jones (Houston, Ms, Houston) remained loyal to the Bulldogs, but Dan Mullen has much more to show for his recruiting efforts.

An emphasis was put on the wide receiver position after losing the top three receivers on the team last season, including Chad Bumphis who reeled in 58 catches for 922 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The Incoming receiver recruits will help to solidify a depleted receiving corps and junior college transfer Jeremy Chappelle (Jacksonville, Tx., Tyler Junior College) will need to be an immediate contributor and the four-star, 6-2 212-pound target should be a big weapon for rising senior quarterback Tyler Russell.

Other four-star wide receiver recruits include Fred Ross, Jr (Tyler Tx, John Tyler) who was a surprise commitment after it looked like the 6-1 185-pounder was headed to Oklahoma State before changing his mind during the week of signing day. In addition to 6-3 210-pound B.J. Hammond (Gadsden, Al, Gadsden), the Bulldogs got three four-star receivers standing 6-1 or taller.

But the biggest target of them all is De’Runnya Wilson (Birmingham, Al, Wenonah) who will also play for the Bulldog basketball team. At 6-6, Wilson could play tight end if he can add to his 215-pound frame or at the least be a matchup nightmare in the red zone when he learns to utilize his imposing size on the defense. He is still an incredibly raw prospect so an immediate contribution should not be counted on, but his upside is tremendous.

The quarter easily is the most talented freshman group of wide receivers that Mullen has had during his tenure in Starkville, and with a seasoned quarterback throwing them the ball, the offense will be in good hands.

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