Clinton Jamboree Notebook

Clinton High School has one of the top football facilities in the state of Mississippi and the Arrows were gracious enough to host a four team jamboree featuring Callway, Clinton, McComb and Provine. College recruiters were in large supply for the event and for good reason.

Mississippi's top offensive lineman?

Provine's Cordarrly Gaines may prove to be the state's top offensive line prospect. After seeing Gaines in action last fall, it was clear that he needed to drop some weight in order to reach his full potential.

He has done that and grown another inch or so. Cordarrly comes in around 6-6 and 300+. He has also made the move to right guard.

The transition inside has taken some time, but Gaines is settling in. He looked better on Thursday evening after the first couple of series.

The physical tools to be a mauler are there and the Jackson public school product acts and talks with more confidence than he did a season ago.

#1 or #2

I have gone back and forth about Greg Sims and Cedric Jiles as the state's top cover corner.

After seeing both in action this month, the debate will continue. Sims is a little more developed physically, but Jiles has a little better speed.

Both players command a lot of respect on their side of the field and as a result, they don't see a lot of passes thrown in their direction.

Cedric plays with a lot of effort. On Thursday when an opposing player broke free, Jiles was on the move even when the ball carrier was on the opposite side of the field.

I think there is a good chance that when Team Mississippi lines up against their peers from Alabama in the All-Star game that Sims and Jiles may be the starting corners.

They would certainly have my vote.

Youth at Callaway

I got to know rising senior Jocquell Johnson last year and I have been impressed with the work he has done to improve over last season.

Johnson had the benefit of two future SEC offensive lineman to help shoulder the load last year in Ole Miss signees Justin Bell and Aaron Morris.

Joe will have to be the bell cow this year to lead that unit and a young offense, so far he has answered that challenge according to Callway offensive line coach Otis Riddley.

College recruiters on the hunt for talented OLs will continue to stay in touch with the staff at Callaway as 2014 OL Rodrick Taylor begins to blossom.

Taylor and classmate Ronald Walker both show a lot of potential and are expected to star this season as sophomores for the Chargers.

Offensive power in McComb

Mississippi State commitment Deonte Evans had a nice evening scoring on pair of long touchdown runs. Evans opened the evening's scoring with a physical run inside the redzone which required him to plow over a Provine defender at the goal line.

Evans is clearly the leader for the Tigers and he is willing to play a lot of snaps. Deonte spent some time at outside linebacker which may prove to be his spot on the college level.

Deonte has a lot of versatility which makes him very intriguing as a prospect. He also has the intangibles that make him a quality teammate on and off the field.

The future of the McComb offense will be in the hands of sophomore signal caller Alex Woodall. Alex is already 6-3 and a shade over 200 pounds.

Woodall missed a lot of spring due to his play on the baseball diamond, but it is clear he has the arm strength to stretch the defense and the running ability to move the chains when called upon.

Alex will be one to keep an eye on this fall and beyond.


Deonte Evans reports that he is talking with North Pike defensive end A.J. Jefferson everyday and he hopes that the talented Jefferson joins him at Mississippi State in 2012.

Evans had the chance to square off against a pair of players who may share a locker room with him soon.

Both Cedric Jiles and Cordarrly Gaines report that they favor Mississippi State at the current time.

Jiles and Gaines both want to enjoy a summer full of camps before they get serious about making a decision.

Former McComb quarterback Lamarvin Ashley was on hand to cheer his Tigers on. Ashley sported a Memphis Tigers' cap on the sidelines. He will join Coach Larry Porter's program in about ten days.

Memphis assistant coach Jay Hopson was on hand for the action Thursday. He spent a great deal of time talking to Ole Miss running backs' coach Derrick Nix.

Mississippi State assistants Greg Knox and Melvin Smith were on hand as well as Southern Miss linebackers coach David Duggan.

Several assistants from Hinds Community College and Alcorn State were also there to take in the contest.

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