Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Recruiting Recap - Midwestern State

What they lost - 
On offense, the Mustangs lost 3 first team All-LSC and 3 second team selections
OL Amini Silatolu - 2 time 1st All-LSC, multiple All-American teams, 2nd round draft choice by Carolina Panthers
OL Hank Gilley - 2 time 1st All-LSC
WR David Little - 1st All-LSC, 58 receptions 746 yards 6 TDs, MSU's all-time leader with 169 receptions, second with 2,222 yards
WR Sheldon Galloway - 2nd All-LSC, 73 receptions 896 yards 8 TDs in 2 seasons
WR Edgard Theliar - 2nd All-LSC, 41 receptions 673 yards 7 TDs in 2 seasons
RB Lester Bush - 2 time 2nd All-LSC, career 1,423 yards 25 TDs rushing
Deep Snapper Randall Arbuckle - 1st All-LSC,

Defensively, 1 first team All-LSC, 2 second team All-LSC and 5 honorable mention All-LSC players must be replaced
DB Jeremy Smith - 1st All-LSC, 36 tackles, 5.5 TFL
DB Romie Blaylock - 2nd All-LSC, 49 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 14 passes broken up
DB Tyler Maner - HM All-LSC, 47 tackles, 5 passes broken up
LB Ty Duncan - HM All-LSC, led team with 78 tackles, 5.5 TFL
DL Kevin Birdow - 2nd All-LSC, 48 tackles, 14 TFL, 5.5 sacks
DLs Paul Gonzalez, Tim McGill, Mack Lafaele - all HM All-LSC, combined 70 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 4 sacks

Who's coming back - 
QB Brandon Kelsey - 1st All-LSC, threw for 1,951 yards and 17 TDs (158.7 efficiency rating), 967 yards 11 TDs rushing
RB Keidrick Jackson - 1st All-LSC, 1,044 yards 18 TDs rushing
RB Jimmy Pipkin - 2nd All-LSC, 665 yards 7 TDs rushing, (11.7 yards per carry)
OL Ken Van Heule (1st All-LSC), Justen Tyler, Bryan Keith (both 2nd All-LSC)
DBs Pat Gardner (1st All-LSC), Neiko Conway, Donald Napoleon (both 2nd All-LSC), Bernard Griffin (HM All-LSC), Lynn Williams, Coryan Briggs, Seth Crumpton, Ricardo Roascos  - combined for 256 tackles, 8 TFL, 4 Ints, 21 passes broken up
LBs Matt Ellerbrock (HM All-LSC), Nick Bourgeois, Chase Hooper, Demetrich Gilliam - combined 95 tackles, 5 TFL
DL Justin Flowers, Domnick Cobos, Tyler Tackett - combined 56 tackles, 7 TFL

P Gunter Elenburg - averaged 35.7 yards per punt
K Greg Saladino - (2nd All-LSC) 66-71 on PATs, 6-9 on FGs with a season long 57 yarder, 62.8 kickoff average with 10 touchbacks

Who they brought in -
Officially, the Mustangs signed 39 high school recruits with no transfers.  Defensively, LB Stephon Moody looks to be a steal.  He was on the Dave Campbell Texas Football top 300 list in the preseaon, and a 2nd team All San Antonio Area choice in the postseason.  Slated for the secondary are Daveon Parrish, Marqui Christian, Jeremiah Payne, and Malcolm McKinney.  Up front Robert Kitchen, Blake Burdette (LB) and Brandon Wilson are the top names.  Offensively, Jacorey McQueen was an HM All-State selection, throwing for 3,065 yards and 28 TDs, while rushing for 831 yards and 14 TDs.  Running back Jamarick Simmons (1,544 yards and 19 TDs) was also an HM selection, and Harvey Giddens (1,724 yards 24 TDs) and Dante Taylor (1,071 yards rushing, 700 yards receiving). WRs Blaine Curren and  Breion Evans had over 1,000 receiving yards, while Statron Jones fell just short. Of the seven offensive linemen, Raymond Shutak (2nd All State) is described as a find by Coach Maskill.

Unofficially, we have heard of 8 transfers coming in as well.  Helping fill the void at WR are Kendall Wrenn (Butler CC), Markell Templeton, Ricky Collins (both from Trinity Valley CC) and Steve McNair Jr (Pearl River CC), though a recent article in the Times Record News casts some doubt on McNair being eligible.  On the defensive side of the ball, LB Vernon Brooks spent one year at Kansas after an All-American year at Blinn, and defensive backs Dayvion Henry, Josh Reed (both Trinity Valley CC) and Taiyon Jackson (Bakersfield College) will at a minimum add depth to the Mustangs secondary.  And in the LSC, you can never have too many talented DBs.

Overall Grade A+ (or B+ without the transfers)
The Mustangs had a lot of holes to fill and (it appears) did bring in some ready made help at WR and the secondary especially and also at LB.  If those rumored transfers do not materialize, MSU still did a good job building for down the road, covering every position with promising prospects.

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