2016 Delta State Signing Class

CLEVELAND, Miss. – Delta State University head football coach Todd Cooley announced the additions of 26 student-athletes to the Statesmen Football family on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 3. The incoming class joins a group of 22 mid-year transfers to give the Statesmen 48 newcomers entering the 2016 campaign.

“We have a very strong recruiting class,” Cooley said. “Our staff worked very hard to identify the young men that could make the biggest impact on our program, while addressing key positional needs on the roster. The skill talent of the class is deep and every one of these young men will be excellent additions to our student body.”

24 – The average ACT score of this year’s signing class
8 – Student-athletes scored a 26 or higher on the ACT test, including four scores of 30 or above
7 – Seven states are represented in this year’s class
13 – Number of signees who will play offense
11 – Number of signees who will play defense
2 – Number of signees who will play on special teams
1,806.8 – Number of miles between Hemet, Calif., and Parker-McCool
48 – Total number of new Family members


Cole Baker DL 6-3 245 Chalkville, Ala. Clay-Chalkville High School
Jack Blumenthal QB 6-1 188 Madison, Miss. St. Andrew’s School
Marquis Carter WR 6-2 185 Wadley, Ga. Jefferson County High School
Innis Claud OL 6-1 295 Buford, Ga. Buford High School
Lloyd Cole SS 6-0 190 Bossier City, La. Parkway High School
John Thomas Davis QB 6-1 175 Cleveland, Miss. Bayou Academy
Eric Diamond TE 6-2 245 Madison, Miss. St. Joseph’s Catholic School
Phildon Dublin WR 6-0 180 Pinson, Ala. Helena High School
Dustin Dye LS 5-9 190 Olive Branch, Miss. Desoto Central High School
Lamar Fomby DT 6-0 270 Powder Springs, Ga. Hillgrove High School
Ryan Hudkins LB 6-1 220 Hemet, Calif. Vista Murrieta High School
Cole Kelly LB 6-1 205 Senatobia, Miss. Magnolia Heights High School
Zach Linkous TE 6-2 245 Cleveland, Miss. Cleveland High School
Decory McGee CB 6-0 185 Clinton, Miss. Hinds Community College
Chris Pickett DB 6-0 170 Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Choctawatchee High School
Scott Poindexter DL 6-2 255 Indianola, Miss. Indianola Academy
Dakota Roberts OL 6-1 255 Hemet, Calif. Vista Murrieta High School
John Robinson SS 6-0 190 Bastrop, La. Bastrop High School
Robert Samuel OL 6-3 275 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Shelton State CC
Zane Samuel DE 6-3 210 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Paul Bryant High School
Delon Smith CB 6-1 180 Suwanee, Ga. North Gwinnett High School
Micah Stallworth DE 6-3 245 Albertville, Ala. Albertville High School
Tajee Steele WR 6-0 170 Conyers, Ga. Rockdale County High School
Qay’Shon Thurman WR 5-9 165 Ruston, La. Ruston High School
Christian Underwood K 5-10 190 Conway, Ark. Conway High School
Germaine Williams WR 6-2 170 Mobile, Ala. Baldwin County High School


A’Darius Benson WR 6-3 191 Crystal Springs, Miss. Holmes CC
Jalen Boney CB 5-11 195 Hattiesburg, Miss. East Mississippi CC
Tyrell Brown DB 5-11 190 Hampton, Ga. Appalachian State Univ.
Davis Crosby OL 6-3 280 Foley, Ala. Foley High School
Damecio Ewing WR 5-11 182 Memphis, Tenn. Coahoma CC
Tyler Floyd OL 6-3 290 Booneville, Miss. Itawamba CC
Broderick Fordham LB 6-3 225 Leland, Miss. Holmes CC
Brandon Gaddy DT 6-1 290 Jackson, Miss. Hinds CC
Demarcus Glover DE 6-4 270 Pensacola, Fla. Western Kentucky Univ.
Ken Hike, Jr. DB 6-1 170 Atlanta, Ga. Tuskegee University
Jemarcus James LB 6-1 220 Jackson, Miss. Hinds CC
C.J. Johnson LB 6-2 225 Moultrie, Ga. SW Mississippi CC
Daniel Johnson LB 6-1 225 Coldwater, Miss. Itawamba CC
Derrick McClelland OL 6-7 300 Meridian, Miss. Copiah-Lincoln CC
Bryant McDuffie TE 6-3 240 Petal, Miss. Hinds CC
Kam Myers WR 5-8 175 Charleston, Miss. Georgia State Univ.
LaDarion Peterson RB 5-11 195 Woodeville, Miss. SW Mississippi CC
Alex Pina-Rhoden WR 6-2 195 Wylie, Texas Trinity Valley (TX) CC
George Roberts OL 6-7 339 Lithonia, Ga. Trinity Valley (TX) CC
Calwaun Street LB 6-1 215 Charleston, Miss. Itawamba CC
Kam Williams WR 6-1 172 Bassfield, Miss. SW Mississippi CC
Devontae Wilson S 5-11 180 Vicksburg, Miss. East Central CC