Mississippi State got immediate help for its receiving corps during the weekend as Trinity (Texas) Community College receiver Jeremey Chappelle and East Mississippi Junior College receiver Corey Smith both committed to the Bulldogs.
Jeremey Chappelle will arrive at Mississippi State in the spring.
Chappelle fills a need for State on the outside and is a larger version of current MSU senior receiver Chris Smith. Playing in one of the nation's toughest junior college conferences, Chappelle had 60 catches for 801 yards and nine touchdowns.
The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder loves contact and has the size and speed to be an every-down receiver. Just as important, Chappelle will arrive at MSU in January and use the spring to get caught up to speed with the offensive terminology.
Smith played on an East Mississippi Community College offense that was filled with numerous playmakers. He perhaps was the best of all of them, though, and had 51 catches for 733 yards and nine touchdowns this past season.
"When I was leaving I met with Coach (Dan) Mullen and I committed," Smith, an Akron, Ohio, native said. "All of the coaches were so excited and they all started yelling. It was all about the opportunity I have there and knowing they have a great quarterback (Tyler Russell) coming back just made it even better."
His size (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) and speed (sub 4.5) will allow him to line up outside and inside. He could also be a weapon on special teams as well via punt returns and kickoff returns.
Chappelle is rated 88 by 247Sports, which equates to three stars and is the nation's ninth-ranked junior college receiver. Smith is rated 95 by 247Sports, which equates to four stars, and is the nation's No. 3 junior college receiver prospect.
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