Dan Mullen: Top 5 Recruiting Misses

Nov 28, 2015; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen watches a highlight video during the senior night program before the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Davis Wade Stadium Mississippi won 38-27.. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2015; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen watches a highlight video during the senior night program before the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Davis Wade Stadium Mississippi won 38-27.. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 31, 2015; Auburn, AL, USA; Ole Miss Rebels linebacker C.J. Johnson (10) talks to his teammates during the second quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2015; Auburn, AL, USA; Ole Miss Rebels linebacker C.J. Johnson (10) talks to his teammates during the second quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports /

#2 C.J. Johnson

C.J. Johnson spent his entire life growing up a Mississippi State fan and hating the Ole Miss Rebels. He committed to play for Mississippi State before his senior season in high school.

After the end of the 2010 season, the Bulldogs lost one of the primary recruiters for Johnson when Manny Diaz decided to take the defensive coordinator position at Texas. He supposedly told Lance Pogue that he wasn’t happy since Diaz left, and Pogue just happened to have the number for Houston Nutt with him if he wanted to talk to the Rebel head coach.

Johnson would decommit and pledge his services to Houston Nutt and the Rebels. Mississippi State and Dan Mullen had to look elsewhere for the anchor of their linebacking corps.

There was a three star athlete up at Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, MS who was playing quarterback and linebacker by the name of Benardrick McKinney who caught the eye of the coaching staff. He was raw and needed some time to develop, but they clearly saw his potential.

Fast forward five years later, and McKinney will be entering his second season for the Houston Texans. Johnson spent most of his five seasons trying to recover from various injuries.

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