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Southern Miss Announces 2003 Football Signing Class




Southern Miss Announces 2003 Football Signing Class
SOUTHERN MISS FOOTBALL 2003 SIGNEE ROSTER

NamePos.Ht.Wt.Hometown/HS/JC
Damion CarterQB6-3185New Orleans, La./Isidore Newman HS
Derek ChapmanTE6-5260Germantown, Tenn./Germantown HS
Chris ClarkOL6-5260New Orleans, La./McDonough 35 HS
James DenleyATH6-3218Foley, Ala./Foley HS
Ken GriffithLB6-3245Brandon, Miss./Brandon HS
Robert HendersonLB6-4225Ponchatoula, La./Ponchatoula HS
Caleb HendrixWR/DB6-0185Ensley, Ala./P.D. Jackson - Olin HS
Chris JohnsonWR6-0170Rosedale, Miss./West Bolivar HS
Johnathan LandorDL6-4255Mandeville, La./Fountainbleau HS
Darren McCalebK5-11170Biloxi, Miss./D'Iberville HS
James NelsonWR/DB6-1190Birmingham, Ala./A.H. Parker HS
Andy NoblesOL6-5280Pine, La./Pine HS
Anthony PerineWR5-11175Lucedale, Miss./George County HS
Martavious PrinceDE6-4263Ft. Pierce, Fla./Ft. Pierce Westwood HS
Chris RhodenWR6-4195MacClenny, Fla./Baker County HS
Chaz RichardsLB5-11240Troy, Ala./Charles Henderson HS
Chuck RossATH5-11185Lucedale, Miss./Green County HS
Greg TaylorOL6-4308Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze HS
Larry ThomasRB6-0195Jackson, Miss./Callaway HS
Alan WhitneyTE6-5250Fairhope, Ala./Fairhope HS
Jeremy YoungQB6-4198Jackson, Miss./Provine HS

Damion Carter, QB, 6-3, 185, New Orleans, La./Isidore Newman HS


Played for Coach Frank Gendusa ... Completed 117-of-203 for 1,855 yards, 21 TDs, 6 INTs ... Rushed 111 times for 456 times, 4.1 ypc, and scored 11 touchdowns ... Helped guide Isidore Newman to a 10-3 record in 2002 ... Named District Player of the Year ... All-Metro ... As a junior, completed 88-of-173 passes for 1,512 yards, 14 TDs, 7 INTs ... Rushed 34 times for 75 yards, 2.2 ypc, and scored four touchdowns ... No. 34 in Louisiana by SuperPrep ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... 9.25 rating by Zem's Gems ... Ranked No. 2 quarterback and No. 48 overal in the state of Louisiana by Zem's Gems ... Chose Southern Miss over Stanford, Kansas State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette ... Son of Anthony and Charlisa Carter.

Derek Chapman, TE, 6-5, 260, Germantown, Tenn./Germantown HS


Played for Coach Ken Netherland ... Two-year starter and three-year letterwinner ... Finished with 12 catches and four touchdowns ... Played on defense as well, finishing with four unassisted tackles and five assisted ... Helped lead Germantown to a 13-1 record in 2002 and the semifinals of the state championship ... All-district ... Won the team's "Snotknocker Award" for stellar special teams play ... Germantown finished 10-3 and advanced to the semifinals of the state championships as a junior ... 23-4 record as a starter ... Also lettered in baseball ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Louisville, Memphis and Mississippi State ... Son of Peggy Chapman.

Chris Clark, OL, 6-5, 260, New Orleans, La./McDonough 35 HS


Played for Coach Wayne Reese ... Named all-district offensive guard ... Played in the New Orleans All-Star Game (Jefferson Parish vs. Orleans Parish) ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... 2002 District Champion in the shot and discus ... Placed fifth in the state finals in the discus and shot ... Honor student ... No. 5 offensive lineman in the state of Louisiana by Zem's Gems ... A 9.25 overall rating and No. 63 overall ranking by Zem's Gems ... Chose Southern Miss over Oklahoma, Minnesota, LSU, San Jose State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and Tulane ... Son of Adele Lendry.

James Denley, ATH, 6-3, 218, Foley, Ala./Foley HS


Played for Coach Lester Smith ... Three-year starter ... Played as a linebacker for four games and finished with 22 tackles, a sack, two pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery ... On offense, he rushed the ball 63 times for 236 yards and scored six touchdowns ... Named player of the week several times ... Lion Pride Award ... Offensive Player of the Year Award as a sophomore ... As a junior, he led the team in scoring with 40 points ... Ran the ball 77 times for 310 yards and scored six touchdowns ... Completed 39-of-90 passes for 675 yards and threw two touchdowns ... As a sophomore, he finished with 78 carries for 335 yards and scored two touchdowns ... Completed 35-of-96 passes for 467 yards and thew two touchdowns ... Chose Southern Miss over Louisville and West Virginia ... Son of Clouese and Catherine Snowden and Janice Denley.

Ken Griffith, LB, 6-3, 245, Brandon, Miss./Brandon HS


Played for Coach Dan Davis ... Finished with 130 tackles, one pass breakup, one interception and three sacks ... As a tight end, he had 12 receptions for 111 yards and scored three touchdowns ... Helped Brandon finish 8-5 overall, fourth in the Region 3-5A and advance to the second round of the state playoffs ... Mississippi Association of Coaches' First-Team All-State 5A ... First-team all-state 5A named by The Clarion Ledger ... The Clarion Ledger's "Dandy Dozen" ... All-region ... All-metro ... Team captain ... As a junior, he finished with 109 tackles, two pass breakups and three sacks ... Named second-team all-state by The Clarion Ledger ... All-region ... All-metro ... Also lettered in basketball ... Three-star rating by rivals.com ... No. 33 linebacker national rating by rivals.com ... No. 17 overall in the state of Mississippi by rivals.com ... One-star rating by PrepStar ... No. 9 player in the state of Mississippi by SuperPrep ... 3.5 rating by Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual ... Chose Southern Miss over Mississippi State, Ole Miss and West Virginia ... Son of Michael and Ruby Griffith.

Robert Henderson, LB, 6-4, 225, Ponchatoula, La./Ponchatoula HS


Played for Coach Scott Martin ... Finished with 77 solo tackles, 43 assists, three sacks, four hurries, six pass breakups, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one interception ... As a running back, he finished with 41 carries, 342 yards and scored four touchdowns with a long carry of 77 yards ... First-team all-state selected by the Louisiana Sportswriters ... First-team all-district ... Also lettered in basketball ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... Rated 9.25 and No. 68 in Louisiana by Zem's Gems ... Sixth-rated linebacker in Louisiana by Zem's Gems ... Chose Southern Miss over LSU, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe ... Son of Loretta Henderson.

Caleb Hendrix, WR/DB, 6-0, 185, Ensley, Ala./P.D. Jackson-Olin HS


Played for Coach Michael Clisby ... Finished with five interceptions as a defensive back ... Rushed 142 times for 1,061 yards and scored 13 touchdowns ... 29 receptions for 515 yards and scored three touchdowns ... Passed 36-for-79 for 701 yards and threw four touchdowns ... All-State ... All-metro ... All-City MVP ... Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game ... North-South All-Star Game .. Also lettered in track ... 100m and 200m All-City Champion ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Louisville, Mississippi State, UAB, and N.C. State ... Son of Tawana Williams.

Chris Johnson, WR, 6-0, 170, Rosedale, Miss./West Bolivar HS


Played for Coach Henry Johnson ... Three-year letterwinner ... Finished with 65 receptions for 756 yards (11.6 ypc) and scored 16 touchdowns ... 17 carries for 241 yards, 1 TD ... Nine kickoff returns for 316 yards with a long return of 61 yards, scoring one touchdown ... 21 punt returns for 268 yards with a long return of 44 yards, scoring three touchdowns ... Helped led West Bolivar to a 10-2 record before bowing out in the state playoffs ... Accumulated 2,081all-purpose yards ... Three-year totals: 158 receptions for 2,646 yards and scored 32 touchdowns... Two-time all-state ... Three-time all-area ... Three-time all-region ... The Clarion Ledger's Top 40 ... Also lettered in basketball ... Named all-state ... Two-time all-area ... Two-time all-region ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... Top 30 in the state of Mississippi by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Ole Miss ... Son of Willie and Lillie Foust.

Johnathan Landor, DL, 6-4, 255, Mandeville, La./Fountainbleau HS


Played for Coach Larry Favre ... Finished with 40 tackles, 10 solos, 30 assists, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups ... Honorable-Mention all-district ... Helped lead Fountainbleau to a 7-3 record and a berth in the first round of the state playoffs ... Recorded 65 tackles, 40 assists, 10 quarterback hurries and five sacks as a junior ... 18th-rated defensive lineman in Louisiana by Zem's Gems ... No. 63 overall with a 9.25 rating by Zem's Gems ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Memphis ... Son of Jeffrey and Angela Landor.

Darren McCaleb, K, 5-11, 170, Biloxi, Miss./D'Iberville HS


Played for Coach Louis Smith ... Helpled lead D'Iberville to a 13-1 overall record and the 4A state championship ... Connected on a state-best 16 field goals with a long of 49 and had a state-best 101 points ... Also put 44 of his kickoffs out of the end zone ... Averaged 38.3 on punts ... Finished with five receptions for 51 yards and scored a touchdown with a long of 28 yards ... Returned four punts for 52 yards with a long of 37 yards ... Named all-state by The Clarion Ledger ... All-district ... North-South All-Star Game ... The Sun Herald's All-Coast Team ... Also lettered in soccer ... Chose Southern Miss over Alabama ... Son of Marty McCaleb.

James Nelson, WR/DB, 6-1, 190, Birmingham, Ala./A.H. Parker HS


Played for Coach Andre Robinson .... 20 receptions for 490 yards and scored six touchdowns ... Also had eight interceptions as a defensive back ... Helped lead Parker to a 10-2 record and to the second round of the state playoffs ... First-team All-State 6A by the Alabama Sportswriters Association ... First-Team All-State 6A by The Birmingham News ... First-team All-Metro ... 35 catches for 700 yards and scored eight touchdowns as a junior ... Also participated in track ... Advanced to the state finals three years in the 200m and 400m ... Top 10 percent of his class academically ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Louisville, Troy State and UAB ... Son of James and Sherry Nelson.

Andy Nobles, OL, 6-5, 280, Pine, La./Pine HS


Played for Coach Clint Husser ... Helped guide Pine to a 5-5 record and a berth in the state playoffs ... First-team all-state ... Second-team all-state as a junior ... Three-time all-district ... Team captain ... Also lettered in basketball and baseball ... No. 12 ranked offensive lineman in Louisiana by Zem's Gems ... 9.25 rating and No. 69 in the state overall by Zem's Gems ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Memphis, LSU, Auburn, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and Arkansas State ... Son of Wayne and Tammy Nobles.

Anthony Perine, WR, 5-11, 175, Lucedale, Miss./George County HS


Played for Coach Al Jones ... Four-year letterwinner ... Completed 62-of-135 passes for 1,108 yards and threw 17 touchdowns ... Rushed the ball 96 times for 734 yards, 7.6 ypc, three receptions for 85 yards and scored a touchdown ... Named first-team all-state 4A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches ... Named all-state by The Clarion Ledger ... Division 7-4A Most Valuable Player ... The Sun Herald's All-Coast team ... Mississippi Press All-Area ... WDAM All-Area ... As a junior, he finished with 34 receptions for 773 yards, scored 11 touchdowns ... Division 7-4A Most Valuable Receiver ... Helped George County to a 11-3 record and a final four finish in the state playoffs ... Also participated in track ... Two-star rating by Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Recruiting ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... Two-star rating by Borderwars.com ... One Star rating by Prep Star ... Chose Southern Miss over West Virginia, Louisville, Mississippi State and Ole Miss ... Son of Michael Perine and Connie Buckhalter.

Martavious Prince, DE, 6-4, 263, Ft. Pierce, Fla./Ft. Pierce Westwood HS


Played for Coach Kevin McMahon ... Three-year starter and four-year letterwinner ... Helped lead Westwood to a 10-3 overall record and advance to the third round of the Class 3A state playoffs ... No. 41 on the Florida Top 100 list by The Orlando Sentinel ... First-team All-State by the Florida Sportswriters ... Defensive Player of the Year in District .. Two-time all-district ... Two-time Ft. Pierce Tribune All-Area ... Played in the Outback All-Star Game in Palm Beach, Fla. ... Also lettered in basketball and baseball ... Has a 3.2 GPA ... Student body president ... Chose Southern Miss over East Carolina, Kansas State and LSU ... Son of Chester and Jacqueline Prince.

Chris Rhoden, WR, 6-4, 195, MacClenny, Fla./Baker County HS


Played for Coach Carl West ... Finished with 53 receptions for 800 yards, 15.1 ypc, 72.7 yards per game and scored nine touchdowns ... Helped lead Baker County to 8-3 record in 2002, the district championship and a berth in the 3A state playoffs ... For his two-year career, he finished with 83 catches, 1,152 yards and scored 12 touchdowns ... First-team all-state ... Super 24 in Northeast Florida ... First-team All-Coast by the Florida Times Union sportswriters ... Two-time all-district ... Baker County finished with a 9-3 record his junior season and earned a berth in the state playoffs ... Also lettered in basketball ... Will graduate with honors ... No. 50 in the state of Florida by SuperPrep ... Rated 3.5 by Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual ... Three-star rating by Borderwars.com ... No. 63 wide receiver national ranking by Borderwars.com ... Three-star rating by Blue Chip Recruiting.com ... No. 63 wide receiver national ranking by Blue Chip Recruiting.com ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over South Carolina, East Carolina, Louisville, UCF and South Florida ... Son of Steven and Sandra Rhoden.

Chaz Richards, LB, 5-11, 240, Troy, Ala./Charles Henderson HS


Played for Coach Hugh Fountain ... Finished with 80 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three fumble recoveries as a senior ... Helped lead Charles Henderson to 9-2 record in 2002 and a berth in the state playoffs ... Honorable-Mention all-state as a senior ... All-state as a junior ... Montgomery Advertiser Super 12 ... The Troy Messenger All-County team ... Two-time team captain ... Rated No. 3 linebacker at the Nike Camp in Tucscaloosa, Ala. ... For his career, he finished with 175 tackles, including 25 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and six fumble recoveries ... Also lettered in track ... Two-time all-county ... National Honor Society ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Troy State and UCF ... Son of Minnie Richards.

Chuck Ross, ATH, 5-11, 185, Lucedale, Miss./Greene County HS


Played for Coach Johnny Ainsworth ... Three-year starter ... Rushed for over 1,200 yards and scored 18 touchdowns ... Passed for over 600 yards and threw four touchdowns ... Second-team all-state 3A as a DB ... Helped Greene County finished with a 12-1 record in 2002 and advance to the semifinals of the state championships ... Mississippi Coaches Association Second-Team All-State as a QB ... Most Valuable Player of the District ... Two-time all-division ... As a junior, rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 14 touchdowns ... Passed for over 500 yards and threw six touchdowns ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Mississippi State and Ole Miss ... Son of Charles Campbell and Alicia Ross.

Greg Taylor, OL, 6-4, 308, Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze HS


Played for Coach Mark Beach .... Helpled Seabreeze to an 11-2 record in 2002 and a berth in the state 3A championship semifinals ... Member of offensive line paved the way for the offense to average 46 points and 423 yards of total offense a game ... Seabreeze produced a runner that finished with 1,400 yards and scored five touchdowns ... Also had a quarterback who was the player of the year in Florida, throwing for over 3,100 yards and 33 touchdowns ... Named all-area by the Daytona Beach News Journal ... Selected to play in the Central Florida All-Star Game ... Also lettered in wrestling ... Chose Southern Miss over N.C. State, South Florida and Bowling Green ... Son of Greg and Karen Taylor.

Larry Thomas, RB, 6-0, 195, Jackson, Miss./Callaway HS


Played for Coach Gary Anderson ... Carried the ball 94 times for 1,100 yards (11.7 ypc) and scored six touchdowns ... 25 receptions for 670 yards and scored five touchdowns ... Led the state of Mississippi in kickoff return average with a 39.8 yard per return average ... Rushed for 1,019 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior ... Named all-district and all-region ... Team offensive MVP ... Blitz Player of the Week ... Top 40 recruit in the state of Mississippi ... Also lettered in track ... Named all-district in the 4x800m and the 4x1600m ... Two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Louisiana-Monroe ... Son of Larry and Phyllis Thomas.

Alan Whitney, TE, 6-5, 250, Fairhope, Ala./Fairhope HS


Played for Coach Mark Lasseter ... Finished with 15 receptions for 249 yards, 7.0 ypc, and scored a touchdown ... Graded 96.1 for the season ... Has 11 pancake blocks ... Helped Fairhope to a 7-5 record and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs ... Named to The Birmingham News' 5A All-State team ... Alabama Sports Writers' All-State team ... Mobile Register All-Region ... All-County ... Lettered in basketball ... Averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game ... Fairhope is ranked No. 1 in the state ... Three-star rating by rivals.com ... No. 54 national tight end rating by rivals.com ... No. 123 national overall ranking by Insiders.com ... Two-star rating by Borderwars.com ... Two-star rating by The Insiders.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Auburn, Louisville, UAB and UCF ... Son of Lillie Whitney.

Jeremy Young, QB, 6-4, 198, Jackson, Miss./Provine HS


Played for Coach Willie Collins ... Accounted for 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns passing as a senior ... Rushed for 470 yards and seven touchdowns ... Helped Provine to a 26-9 record and three-consecutive playoff appearances during his career ... Mississippi Association of Coaches second-team All-State ... Second-team all-state by The Clarion Ledger ... Second-team all-metro ... Division 4-4A Offensive Player of the Year ... Recorded an 8-3 record in 2002 and an appearance in the second round of the state playoffs ... Provine was 11-1 in 2001 and also made an appearance in the second round of the 4A playoffs ... Three-year starter, threw for 1,160 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior and rushed for five scores ... As a sophomore, he threw for 700 yards and 11 touchdowns ... No. 10 player in the state of Mississippi by SuperPrep ... Three-star rating by rivals.com ... No. 33 on the rivals.com national quarterback list ... No. 11 overall player in the state of Mississippi by rivals.com ... 3.5 rating by Forrest Davis National Football Recruiting Annual ... Two-star rating by Insiders.com ... One-star rating by PrepStar ... Also lettered in basketball ... Third-team all-metro ... Chose Southern Miss over Mississippi State and Ole Miss ... Son of Nathaniel and Shirley Young.

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