Mississippi: The Quarterbacks

The state of Mississippi has not exactly been a hot bed for quarterbacks over the course of the last few years. A capable group of juniors will take to the field this spring and summer in hopes of reversing that trend. A handful of rising seniors have names to remember as the spring evaluation period approaches.

McComb dual threat quarterback Alex Woodall has been taking snaps for the Tigers since his freshman year when he backed up current Memphis Tiger Lamarvin Ashley.

Woodall is a good fit for a spread system that utilizes a big, bruising runner on the zone read.

During the 2012 season, Woodall threw for 1,721 yards and 20 touchdowns to go along with 219 yards and six scores on the ground.

The summer camps will be an important part of the process for Woodall.

His arm strength and accuracy both improved over the course of the last year, but he has a few mechanically issues to clean up.

Clifford Fernandez of Dexter is another big athlete lining up behind center.

Fernandez is not your prototypical quarterback, but he may get some looks at the position by some programs.

There is a good chance he winds up on defense or possibly tight end on the next level.

I love his size and athleticism, but he can be a little inconsistent at times. I would like to see him take over a game on either side of the ball.

Fernandez has the skill set to dominate his classification if he decides to do so.

With 1,881 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and 451 rushing yards to go along with 10 more scores on the ground, Fernandez was effective, but he can be much better.

Louisville's Wyatt Roberts fits the Louisville scheme extremely well.

Roberts led all Mississippi juniors with 3,247 yards through the air. His 34 touchdown passes were also the state's best.

The offensive system at LHS provides Roberts a chance to put up some big numbers and he has proven to be a very capable quarterback in that scheme.

Arm strength is a bit of a concern, but he can erase any doubts about his ability to spin the ball with some solid camp showings this summer.

Joseph Willis of Neshoba Central is a name to remember. Willis is beginning to come into his own and he has a chance to make a move towards a D1 offer this spring and summer.

Willis has good size and the potential to be very good.

Mechanically he can be better and that is something that can be sorted out with college coaching.

I would like to see more film of him making the deeper throws and hitting his targets in stride as part of the vertical passing game.

Thad Miller of Long Beach was not blessed with a wealth of talent around him last season, but he still did some solid work.

Miller's arm strength continues to improve and he has proven to be decisive with the football.

His chances of a D1 offer will likely boil down to his senior film. A good campaign this fall will be a big part of things for Miller.

Tavares Johnson of Vicksburg is an intriguing prospect. He had a huge season sophomore season before transferring to VHS as a junior.

Johnson has the athleticism to be a very good high school quarterback and the potential to play the position on the college level in the right system.

He is beginning to fill out his frame and his arm strength is developing.

Johnson will be a name of interest on the summer camp circuit.

I am not sure if any quarterback in the state improved more over the 2012 season than South Panola's Rip Kirk.

Kirk made the move from the MAIS ranks to Mississippi's highest classification, 6A, and won the state championship along the way.

It took a few weeks for the offense to gel under Kirk's direction, but once the team settled in they were tough to beat.

Kirk's play on the road at Madison Central in the North State title game was nothing short of brilliant.

While his size may prevent him from signing with an SEC level program, Kirk is a bona fide college quarterback prospect at some level.

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