Today is the first day of the mid-year signing period for junior college football players, and Ole Miss could sign as many as four, while Mississippi State should sign at least three.
Gulf Coast Community College products Wayne Dorsey, a defensive end, and Damien Jackson, a safety, are expected to sign with the Rebels.
Both are rated four-star prospects by Rivals.com, and both play positions that will be wide open for playing time. Ole Miss is losing three of its top four defensive ends and is also losing starting strong safety Kendrick Lewis.
The Rebels are expected to sign East Mississippi Community College quarterback Randall Mackey either in the mid-year period or in February, depending on grades.
Mid-year signees enroll in January and are eligible to compete in spring practice.
Tight end Brandon Mosley (6-6, 270) of Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College is expected to choose between Ole Miss and Florida State.
Gulf Coast connection
MSU has three juco commitments so far, and all played for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College: running back Vick Ballard, receiver Kevin Bolden, and 6-foot-7, 370-pound defensive tackle James Carmon.
Ballard could help fill the loss of All-SEC back Anthony Dixon, while Bolden and Carmon would bring much-needed depth to their respective positions.
That’s a good haul, but it can be a great one if MSU is able to reel in quarterback Cameron Newton of Blinn College in Texas. He was coached by Mullen at Florida before leaving the school in 2008, and MSU is high on his list.
Newton has said he’ll hold a press conference, probably this week, to announce his decision. He also holds scholarship offers from Arizona and Kansas State, and he visited Oklahoma last weekend.
Newton will enroll in January at whatever school he chooses.
Parrish Alford and Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal