STARKVILLE, Miss - Three players have joined the Mississippi State football program for the 2010 spring semester, head football Dan Mullen announced. Vick Ballard, James Carmon and Blaine Clausell began classes on Wednesday and will participate in offseason workouts and spring practices.
Ballard and Carmon signed with the Bulldogs after playing the past two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, while Clausell enrolled in classes after completing his high school career at Baker High School in Mobile in December.
"We're excited to have these three players join us in the spring semester and get a jump on the 2010 season," Mullen said. "I think you can see what our spring enrollees did last season and tell that it had an immediate impact on our football team. This is a good start to what we anticipate being a stellar signing class."
2010 MISSISSIPPI STATE FOOTBALL SIGNEES
Vick Ballard, RB, 5-11, 210, Pascagoula, Miss. (Pascagoula/Miss. Gulf Coast CC)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Named first-team junior college all-America by National Junior College Athletic Association … Rushed for 1,728 yards and 22 touchdowns during his sophomore season … Finished season fourth nationally with 144.0 yard-per-game average … Also named to the 2009 MACJC South All-State First Team Offense and named the 2009 MACJC Most Valuable back … Helped lead Gulf Coast to a 9-3 record and a No. 8 national ranking in 2009 … Played for head coach Steve Campbell … Rushed 84 times for 555 yards (6.6 ypc) and 12 touchdowns as a freshman in 2008.
HIGH SCHOOL: Posted 940 yards rushing and 522 receiving yards during his senior season at Pascagoula High School … Also scored 17 touchdowns during senior campaign … Named to G&W Recruiting Report Preseason Watch List prior to senior season … Played in Max Emfinger All-American Game … Signed with Jackson State and had an offer from Houston.
PERSONAL: Born July 16, 1990 … Son of Vick Terry and Katie Ballard … Uncle Walter Ballard played football at UTEP.
James Carmon, DL, 6-7, 360, Baltimore, Md. (Baltimore City College/Miss. Gulf Coast CC)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Rated nation's top junior college defensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com … Listed as the eighth best prospect in the country regardless of position … Finished 2009 season with 32 tackles and three sacks … Recorded three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over two seasons … Played for head coach Steve Campbell and defensive line coach Dorsett Davis.
HIGH SCHOOL: Named all-state, all-metro and all county following junior and senior seasons … Named Metro Player of the Year in 2008 … Helped lead City College to a 9-3 record during his senior season … Played for head coach George Petrides … Named to G&W Recruiting Report Preseason Watch List prior to senior season.
PERSONAL: Born James Alvin Carmon, Jr. on February 21, 1989 in Baltimore, Md. … Son of James Carmon Sr. and Angela Carmon.
Blaine Clausell, OL, 6-7, 310, Mobile, Ala. (Baker)
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Tim Massengale at Baker High School … First player from his high school to play football in the Souteastern Conference … Recipient of Sherryl Smith Scholarship Award … First-team all-area … Committed to Mississippi State in July prior to senior season … Chose Bulldogs over Louisiana, Southern Mississippi and Troy.
PERSONAL: Born Blaine Iman Clausell on January 31, 1992 in Mobile …. Son of Leon and Teraca Lang.