Dan Mullen's fourth (OK, third and half) recruiting class is his best as the head coach of the Bulldogs. The 2009 class is the only other one during Mullen's tenure that could be considered better, but Sylvester Croom gets a lot of credit for laying the groundwork that Mullen finished off when he was hired in December of '08. So, for arguments sake we'll call this year's freshman class Dan's best haul.
The 2012 group was rated as the 18th (Scout.com), 23rd (247Sports.com) and 30th (Rivals.com) best class in the nation. If you look at the list of signees (any of the links above) you'll see that the staff put a heavy emphasis on defensive players and hit some Prince Fielder-like bombs.
THE IMPACT SIGNEES...
QUAY EVANS: His combination of size (6'3 300 lbs.) and quick feet make him a terror on the defensive line. Think Bane mixed with a grizzly bear mixed with an 18-wheeler. Pretty sure I just peed my pants. Evans is MSU's first five-star signee since Derek Pegues in 2005. We profiled Quay back in May.
WILL REDMOND: An incredibly skilled do-it-all athlete on the high school level, Redmond will start out as a defensive back for the Bulldogs...but don't be surprised to see him at quarterback, receiver, running back, directing the video board, playing saxophone at halftime, or hawking Cokes in Section C. I told ya he could do it all, right?
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DENICO AUTRY: First Team JUCO All-American. Five-stars (Scout). 16.5 sacks in two years at EMCC. 41 QB hurries last season. THANK YOU, JESUS. WE LANDED THE SECOND COMING OF TERRELL SUGGS.
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Of course, none of the stars or offers really matter...Don't you know that Dan Mullen can't recruit?