National Signing Day proved to be huge for the Delta State University football program Wednesday.
Delta State head football coach Todd Cooley announced the signing of 33 new players Wednesday. Those 33 signings along with seven mid-year transfers give the Statesmen 40 new players to close out the 2018 signing period.
Cooley was proud of the job his staff did on going out and recruiting this signing class.
“They just worked tirelessly,” Cooley said. “I appreciate their wives’ efforts, because they were gone a lot but it worked out well. I thought they did a really good job of indentifiying guys that want to be a part of our family.”
One area the Statesmen recruited hard in was the offensive line as Cooley signed seven linemen Wednesday and had two more players transfer in for a total of nine new offensive linemen.
“We lost seven from last year’s team,” Cooley said about the offensive line. “We needed to replace them. I thought we had a good mixture of transfer guys and younger guys. I’m really pleased with the offensive linemen that we signed.”
DSU also loaded up on defense as they signed seven linebackers, five defensive backs and four defensive linemen on Wednesday to go with four more defensive players that transferred in mid-year. Two local players, Cleveland Central’s Cameron Howard and North Sunflower Academy’s Austen Redwine, will be coming to DSU for the 2018 season.
“We lost a lot in the secondary, and I felt we did a good job there,” Cooley said. “We were not very deep in the linebacker position. We have some good players coming back at linebacker, but we just weren’t as deep as I wanted to be so we got some good young talent that can step in and help. We’re excited about the D-line position as well.”
The signing class also has six wide receivers/tightends with a running back, quarterback and a kicker. Out of the mid-year transfers, one notable is quarterback Todd Mays, who was a key contributor to East Mississippi winning the JUCO National Championship in 2013 and 14. He was at Oklahoma State in 2015 but left the school after one season. He also played running back and wide receiver at EMCC.
“We’ve got a mid-year athletic quarterback in Todd Mays, who’s been out a while,” Cooley said. “We know he can play a lot of positions as well.”
Cooley felt the players he signed on offense have the potential to contribute in a big way.
“I’m excited about the depth of our receiving class and all of our offensive skill guys as a whole,” Cooley said.
The 33 players DSU signed on signing day are Tanner Armstrong (6-0, 275, OL, Lorganger, La., Lorganger, High School), Zarrian Billings (6-1, 220, OLB, Florence, Ala., Florence High School), Adrian Bryant (6-1, 190, WR, Atlanta, Ga., Westlake High School), Malik Carruthers (5-10, 180, CB, Richmond, Texas, Foster High School), Oakley Coleman (6-4, 175, WR, Mobile, Ala., McGill-Toolen High School), Taylor Crabtree (5-8, 160, K, Pascagoula, Miss., East Mississippi Community College), Corintheus Edmonds (6-2, 195, WR, Hampton, Ga., Lovejoy High School), Issac Edwards (6-4, 260, OL, Harvest, Ala., Sparkman High School), Robbie Evans (5-8, 190, RB, Boynton Beach, Fla., Calvary High School), Tucker Garrison (5-9, 175, S, Coldwater, Miss., Hernando High School), Kaleb Gibbs (6-1, 280, DL, Hoover, Ala., Hoover High School), Tyrell Goldsmith (5-10, 175, DB, Hoover, Ala., Hoover High School), Jaylon Guy (6-4, 240, DL, Memphis, Tenn., KIPP Collegiate), Davontre Henderson (6-0, 210, OLB, Grand Prairie, Texas, South GPHS), Adrian Hill (6-0, 190, LB, Hoover, Ala., Hoover High School), Omari Hood (6-0, 180, WR, Birmingham, Ala., Gardendale High School), Cameron Howard (6-2, 250, DL, Cleveland, Cleveland Central High School), Jamier Jackson (6-2, 220, OLB, New Orleans, La., Edna Karr High School), Gavin Jennings (6-3, 315, OL, Clarksdale, Miss., Lee Academy), Rondney Luckett (6-1, 315, Jackson, Miss., Callaway High School), Micah Mack (6-1, 220, LB, Memphis, Tenn., Germantown High School), Damon Moore (6-5, 285, OL, Birmingham, Ala., Clay-Chalkville High School), Caimon Nettles (6-3, 220, DL, Hernando, Miss., Hernando High School), Joseph Nwisienyi (5-11, 170, S, Dallas, Texas, Richardson High School), Sheridan Pratcher (6-4, 280, OL, Memphis, Tenn., Oakhaven High School), Austen Redwine (6-1, 200, LB, Cleveland, Miss., North Sunflower Academy), Kendarius Robinson (5-11, 200, LB, Troy, Ala., Henderson High School), Shakeel Shaw (6-6, 300, OL, Stockbridge, Ga., Woodland High School), Patrick Shegog (5-11, 180, QB, Batesville, Miss., South Panola High School), Cameron Shelton (6-3, 210, WR, Milton, Fla., Milton High School), B.J. Sisco (5-10, 170, DB, Olive Branch, Miss., DeSoto Central High School), Jalen Stuckey (6-1, 180, WR, Decatur, Ga., Miller Grove High School) and Major Weems (6-2, 195, S, Atlanta, Ga., Mays High School).
The seven mid-year transfers are Ahmad Alexander (5-10, 175, S, Charleston, Miss., Northwest Mississippi Community College), Emanuel Barber (6-3, 230, LB, Chicago, Ill, Jones Junior College), Walter Barnes (6-2, 275, OL, Charleston, Miss., East Mississippi), Donovan Carter (6-4, 295, OL, Hattiesburg, Miss., McNeese State), Todd Mays (6-0, 205, QB, Olive Branch, Miss, Oklahoma State), Joseph Nuttall, Jr. (6-0, 200, DB, Jackson, Miss., Hinds Community College) and Isaac Warren (6-1, 195, DB, Tyler, Texas, Northwestern State).