The following are profiles of the 17 members of Ole Miss’ 2012 signing class:Darone Bailey
OL | 6-6 | 315 | Cleveland (East Side; Coahoma C.C.)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Earned second team All-State honors from the Mississippi Association of Junior College Coaches as a freshman … Sophomore year was cut short by season-ending ACL injury in the season’s second game … Coached by Freeman Horton … HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter at East Side High School … Rated the No. 98 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com … Coached by Tavares Johnson … Participated in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star game.
ATH | 5-10 | 180 | Senatobia (Senatobia)
Rated the No. 90 running back in the nation by ESPN.com … Played quarterback his senior year after rushing for 1,235 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, averaging better than eight yards per-carry … Also played defensive back as a sophomore … Earned second team Class 2A All-State honors from the Mississippi Association of Coaches as a junior … Participated in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game as a senior … Coached in high school by Phil Oakley.
DB | 5-11 | 175 | Meadville (Franklin County; Copiah-Lincoln C.C.)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Earned second team NJCAA All-America honors … A first team NJCAA Region 23 and Mississippi Association of Junior College Coaches All-State selection … Registered six interceptions and 11 pass breakups as a sophomore … Named second team All-State by the MAJCC as a freshman … Coached by Glenn Davis … HIGH SCHOOL: Totaled four interceptions and two TD returns as a senior … Earned first team 3A All-Region and second team All-Metro honors from the Natchez Democrat … Coached by Trent Hammond.
OL | 6-5 | 277 | Miami (Braddock)
Ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 62 offensive tackle in the country … Rated the No. 69 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 10 offensive tackle in the state of Florida by Scout.com … Began his high school career as a defensive lineman/linebacker before making the move to offense … Participated in the Nike South Florida All-Star Game as a senior … As a junior, helped lead Braddock High School to an 8-2 record and the state playoffs … Also as a junior, was named first team All-County and second team All-State … Coached in high school by Frank Rojas.
WR |6-3 | 173 | Auburn, Ala. (Auburn)
Earned honorable mention All-State honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior … Finished with 24 receptions for 610 yards and eight touchdowns his senior year … Also rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and recorded 31 tackles and three interceptions in four games at defensive back … Participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game as a senior … Coached in high school by Tim Carter.
DL | 6-3 | 270 | Batesville (South Panola)
An Under Armour All-America selection … Named to The Clarion-Ledger’s Dandy Dozen squad and rated the No. 5 player on the paper’s Top Ten Most Wanted List … Selected as a member of the Mississippi Press Fantastic 15 team … Earned first team All-State honors as a senior and second team All-State honors as junior from The Clarion-Ledger … Named first team Class 6A All-State and Defensive Player of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches as a senior … Recorded 80 tackles and 13.5 sacks as a sophomore and 75 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior … Helped South Panola win the Class 6A state title and finish as the top ranked team in the country as a junior … Participated in the Under Armour All-America game and the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … Ranked the No. 25 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com and Rivals.com and the No. 5 player in the state of Mississippi by Rivals.com … A member of the ESPNU150 and ranked as the No. 35 overall recruit in the nation, No. 3 defensive tackle, and No. 1 player in Mississippi by ESPN.com … Coached in high school by Lance Pouge.
ATH | 5-9 | 175 | Fayetteville, Ga. (Sandy Creek)
Helped lead team to a 12-1 record and the state playoffs as a senior … Named honorable mention Class AAA All-State by the Georgia Sports Writers Association … Played safety as a junior and broke the school record with nine interceptions … Ranked as the No. 71 player in Georgia by Rivals.com and the No. 78 running back in the nation by Scout.com … Coached in high school by Chip Walker.
RB | 5-10 | 234 | Decatur, Ga. (Columbia)
Listed as the No. 3 fullback in the nation by Rivals.com … Rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 17 running back in the nation by ESPN.com … Listed as the No. 66 running back in the nation by Scout.com … Ran for 1500 yards and 17 touchdowns in only nine games in 2011 … Coached in high school by Kevin Latham.
RB | 6-0 | 195 | Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Blackman)
Named The Tennessean’s Player of the Year as a junior and senior and was named to the publication’s Dream Team in 2011 … Named district and county MVP in 2011 … Earned Tennessee Gatorade and Old Spice Player of the Year honors his junior year … A SuperPrep All-Region selection and rated the No. 8 player in Tennessee … Earned Tennessee Class AAA Mr. Football honors … Listed No. 84 on Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 list … Rated the No. 20 running back in the nation and the No. 7 player in Tennessee by Rivals.com … Listed as the No. 35 running back in the nation by Scout.com … Rated the No. 42 running back in the nation and No. 20 player in the state by ESPN.com … Rushed for 2,253 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior after rushing for 2,614 yards and 29 TDs as a junior … Team finished 8-4 his senior year and advanced to the state playoffs … Coached in high school by Philip Shadowen.
OL | 6-4 | 295 | Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis University School)
A Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association Division 2-AA All-State selection as a senior … Ranked as the No. 46 OG in the nation by Scout.com … A SuperPrep All-Region selection and rated the No. 15 player in Tennessee … Listed as the No. 95 offensive lineman in the nation by ESPN.com and the No. 30 player in the state … Participated in the Memphis All-Star Classic … Team finished 8-4 his senior year … Coached in high school by Bobby Alston.
DL | 6-1 | 210 | Batesville (South Panola)
Two-time selection to The Clarion-Ledger All-State Team, including first team honors as a senior … Also named to the publication’s Dandy Dozen and Top 40 lists … Earned first team Class 6A All-State honors from the Mississippi Association of Coaches as a senior … Rated as the No. 29 recruit in the state by ESPN.com … Ranked the No. 17 prospect in the state by Rivals.com … Listed as the No. 107 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com … Participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … Recorded 60 tackles, four sacks, four fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles his senior year … Posted 79 tackles and 14.5 sacks as a junior … Won Class 6A state title as a junior and helped squad to Rivals.com High School National Championship as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation … Nephew of former Ole Miss and All-SEC standout Eddie Strong … Coached in high school by Lance Pogue.
QB | 6-5 | 210 | Pulaski, Tenn. (Giles County; Arkansas State; East Mississippi C.C.)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Led East Mississippi to an undefeated 12-0 season and the NJCAA national championship last season while setting NJCAA single-season records for passing yards (4,604), total yards (4,810) and touchdown passes (53) & Earned first team All-American and National Offensive Player of the Year honors from NJCAA & Became only the second player in NJCAA history to surpass the 4,000-yard mark passing and the first freshman to win National Offensive Player of the year since 2004 & A three-time NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week selection & Earned Offensive Game MVP honors following EMCC s 55-47 victory over previously unbeaten Arizona Western College in the NJCAA championship game by completing 31-of-44 passes for 486 yards and seven touchdowns, the most ever thrown in an NJCAA-sanctioned national title game & Named 2011 NJCAA Region 23 Most Valuable Player as well as the Offensive Back MVP of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College s North Division & Coached in junior college by Buddy Stephens & ARKANSAS STATE (2010): Did not see action and was redshirted & HIGH SCHOOL: Led Giles County to a Class 4A state title and a 14-game winning streak … As a senior, posted a 70-percent completion rate, 3,287 yards passing, 37 passing touchdowns, and 47 total scores & Also had 4,195 total yards, breaking a state record … Ranked in the top five in state history in total touchdowns (2nd), passing touchdowns (T-3rd), and passing yardage (5th) … Earned The Tennessean’s All-Midstate Player of the Year award and was also one of 11 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football honorees … Senior season was named Region 12-4A MVP and was the MVP of the 4A state championship game … Also named Super All-State, Tennessean Player of the Year, Tennessean Dream Team member in 2009 … Finished his career with 8,778 yards of total offense and 6,395 passing yards, which rank fifth and seventh all-time in the state, respectively … Junior season was the Region 5-3A Offensive Player of the Year, 3A All-State selection, Hazelgreen 7-on-7 MVP, an Army All-America Combine participant and an EA Sports Elite 11 participant … Completed 99-of-164 passing attempts for 1,243 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also rushing 153 times for 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008 … Sophomore season was the Region 5-3A Quarterback of the Year and an all-state selection, completing 100-of-170 passing attempts for 1,696 yards and 15 touchdowns … Also ran 81 times for 353 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore … Freshman year was the National Underclassmen Combine Freshman MVP and Ultimate 100 participant.
RB | 5-8 | 164 | Memphis (Ridgeway)
The Commercial Appeal Class 5A Player of the Year & A SuperPrep All-Region selection and rated the No. 18 player in Tennessee & Earned Class 5A all-state honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association as a senior & Listed No. 106 on the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 & Rated the No. 8 all-purpose running back in the nation and the No. 12 player in the state by Rivals.com … Rated the No. 56 running back in the nation by Scout.com & Rushed for 2,584 yards and 33 TD’s as a senior & Posted more than 2,200 yards rushing and 38 touchdowns as a junior & Helped lead his team to a 9-4 record and to the quarterfinals in the Class 5A playoffs his senior year & Participated in the Memphis All-Star Classic & Coached in high school by Duron Sutton.
DL | 6-4 | 250 | Aberdeen (Aberdeen)
An Under Armour All-America selection & Listed No. 2 on The Clarion Ledger s Top 10 Most Wanted list & Earned first team All-State honors from The Clarion Ledger his junior and senior seasons & Also named to the publication s Dandy Dozen list and ranked the No. 2 player on the paper s Top Ten Most Wanted List & A member of the ESPN150 and rated the No. 48 player and No. 5 defensive end in the nation by and No. 2 In Mississippi by ESPN.com & A SuperPrep All-America selection and rated the No. 1 player in the state & Earned first team Class 3A All-State honors from the Mississippi Association of Coaches as a junior and senior and was named Defensive Player of the Year as a junior & Listed No. 20 on the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 & Member of the Rivals100 and rated the No. 51 player in the nation by Rivals.com & Rated the No. 1 player in Mississippi and the No. 4 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com & Listed as the No. 48 player in the nation by PrepStar and No. 1 in Mississippi & Rated the No. 6 defensive end in the nation by PrepStar & Rated a 5-star player and the No. 8 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com & Participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game as a senior & Recorded 116 tackles and 16 QB sacks his senior year & Posted 119 tackles and 13 QB sacks as a junior & Participated in the Under Amour All-America Game recording 2.0 sacks and 3.5 TFLs & Led team to the 3A State Runner-Up finishes his sophomore and junior seasons & Coached in high school by Adam Dillinger.
DL | 6-5 | 230 | Trussville, Ala. (Hewitt-Trussville)
Named to the Birmingham News’ 2011 All-Northeast Alabama football team & Posted 131 tackles, 15.0 TFLs, 6.0 QB sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior & Helped lead team to a 8-3 record as a senior & Coached in high school by Ron Selesky. (February 3, 2012, Page 8A)