Statesmen Football Adds Signing Day Haul

CLEVELAND, Miss. – Coming off a remarkable 7-3 turnaround season in coach Todd Cooley‘s first year at Delta State University, the Statesman football family announced the addition of 27 newcomers to the program on Wednesday, Feb. 5, the first official day of the spring signing period.  Wednesday’s announcement of 27 signees joins a list of 12 mid-year transfers DSU welcomed to campus in January. 

“We’re excited about the depth of talent we’ve added to the family today,” Cooley said.  “Our coaches have worked tirelessly to identify and recruit the type of young men that are ready to come in here and help us reach our goal of competing for championships year in and year out.”

The Statesmen coaching staff looked near and far to fill out this year’s signing class, as student-athletes from five different states inked with DSU on Wednesday.  In all, the Statesmen added nine offensive linemen, nine defensive linemen, eight defensive backs, four linebackers, three wide receivers, two tight ends, two kicker/punters, one running back and one quarterback.

“We really tried to focus on the areas where we had the greatest needs going into next fall,” Cooley added.  “We lost several key guys off last year’s team, but we also return 92 student-athletes for spring ball. Our family is growing and we are committed to getting better every day.”

With Wednesday’s haul of talent, coach Todd Cooley and his staff expect the family’s fall roster to exceed 120 student-athletes, marking the largest accumulation of talent at Delta State since the 2001 season.

This year’s class also excelled in the classroom, averaging a 21 on the ACT.

“We aren’t just here to play football and win games,” Cooley said.  “Having the opportunity to represent this university on the field, in the classroom and within our community is something I take very seriously.  We don’t just recruit football players.  We recruit student-athletes, who can compete in the classroom just as well as they can on the field.”

SPRING SIGNING CLASS (27)            

Tayvon Benjamin DB 6-2 180 Harrison High School Marrietta, Ga.
Aaron Cockroft OL 6-1 270 Kosciusko High School Kosciusko
Mose Countryman OL 6-5 285 Charleston Southern University Jacksonville, Fla.
Keith Crawford OL 6-0 300 Pascagoula High School Pascagoula
Tyler Daniels OL 6-1 260 Oak Grove High School Hattiesburg
Sean Eaton TE 6-6 245 Homewood High School Homewood, Ala.
Chandler Ector LB 5-10 200 Cedar Grove High School Ellenwood, Ga.
Dan Gill LB 6-2 200 Parklane Academy Summit
Bobby Green WR 6-2 180 Milton High School Milton, Fla.
Juwan Hackett DE 6-2 235 Tuscaloosa County High School Northport, Ala.
Jackson Hanson OL 6-2 270 Enterprise High School Enterprise, Ala.
Miguel Harris DB 5-10 170 West Jefferson High School Harvey, La.
Tyler Jackson OL 6-3 265 Davidson High School Mobile, Ala.
Kyesun Jackson DE 6-3 250 Kosciusko High School Kosciusko
Tripp Janssen OL 6-0 265 Starkville Academy Starkville
Cazavion Joiner NG 6-1 300 Union Parrish High School Marion, La.
Chris Jones DE 6-5 220 Columbia High School Decatur, Ga.
Tyler Kitchings QB 6-3 180 Bayou Academy Shaw
Zack McCraw WR 5-11 160 Madison Ridgeland Academy Madison
Roderick Mingo OL 6-4 280 Davidson High School Mobile, Ala.
Cody Mills K/P 5-9 200 Oxford High School Oxford
Matt Nguyen DB 5-10 170 Cavalry Christian Academy Boca Raton, Fla.
Dillon Norwood LB 6-0 195 Cleveland High School Cleveland
Hunter Pitcher DE 6-2 230 North Delta School Oakland
Shawn Sanks NG 6-1 280 Foley High School Foley, Ala.
Latrevius Shaw DB 6’2 180 Lafayette High School Taylor
Ronnie Smith LB 6-0 200 Union Parrish High School Farmerville, La.


Randall Boyd DE 6-1 255 Itawamba CC
Rod Davis WR 6-3 180 Northwestern State University
Lawrence Hopkins DB 5-11 200 Jones County JC
John Knox DB 6-3 215 University of Georgia
Edward McCadney RB 5-10 235 Mississippi Delta CC
Mark Moore K 5-11 170 Pearl River CC
D.Q. Reynolds NG 6-1 350 Itawamba CC
Ledarion Robinson DB 6-0 205 Hinds CC
Michael Ross NG 6-0 308 Hinds CC
Jonathan Steube OL 6-4 335 Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Cedric Tilman DB 5-10 190 University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Jay Yates TE 6-1 265 Mississippi Gulf Coast CC