ITTA BENA – The start of a new chapter in Mississippi Valley State football has come with the announcement of 12 new Delta Devils for the 2012 season.
The 2012 class includes a heavy dose of defensive backs (5), a pair of offensive linemen and running backs along with a local product quarterback.
“The offensive line was an area of need, and we still have to get some more,” said MVSU coach Karl Morgan, who is entering his third year at the helm. “Carl Davis is our only quarterback that’s not a senior and we needed running backs because the three we have are all seniors.”
MVSU lost five defensive backs from last year’s squad.
“We needed some defensive backs,” Morgan said. ”It’ll be a blend of old and new players.”
The Delta Devils also brought in one receiver – Keondrick Daniels – who Rivals.com rated as a three-star athlete out of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla.
Morgan also said he expects to sign more players in the coming days and weeks.
“We’re not finished,” he said. “We still have some needs to address.”
Name Position Ht. Wt. Hometown/Last School
Jaylon Daniels QB 6-1 180 Greenwood, Miss./Amanda Elzy HS
Kyle Wiseman DL 6-2 285 Olive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch HS
Tré Price DB 5-9 175 Olive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch HS
John Johnson DB 5-10 185 Olive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch HS
Cortez Frizell RB 5-9 190 Durant, Miss./Holmes CC
Kevin Eugene DB 5-10 150 Opa Locka, Fla./Fond Du Lac Tribal & CC
James Casnel DB 6-3 190 Canton, Miss./Velma Jackson HS
Jeremy Dobson RB 5-10 180 Byram, Miss./Provine HS
*Paul Holliday OL 6-4 310 Miami, Fla./Dakota College at Bottineau
*Jaterio Merritt DB 5-11 185 Southaven, Miss./Northwest CC
*Justin Barner OL 6-2 315 Clinton, Miss./Hinds CC
*Keondrick Daniels WR 5-10 170 Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln/Jacksonville St.