STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi State landed two junior/community college signees on the first day players were allowed to sign with four-year schools. East Mississippi defensive back Justin Cox and Tyler Community College (Texas) wide receiver Jeremey Chappelle signed with the Bulldogs on Wednesday.
Cox played quarterback and cornerback in high school for West Point and signed with Mississippi State on National Signing Day in 2012.
However, Cox spent the 2012 season at East Mississippi, playing defensive back for the Lions. This season, Cox picked off six passes in 10 games for EMCC, leading the team in that category.
He also finished tied for 2nd on the team in tackles with 52, including 5 stops for a loss.
Chappelle, a 3-star wide receiver, caught 60 passes for 801 yards and nine touchdowns this season and will join the Bulldogs in January.
One player the Bulldogs did not get on Wednesday was East Mississippi's Za'Darius Smith. The defensive end from Scooba signed with Kentucky. It was thought that Smith had been highly-considering MSU.