Five In-State Prospects To Watch

Coach Johnson and his staff want to have success in their home state of Mississippi in recruiting. takes a look at five in-state targets that will be ones to watch as the recruiting process goes on this year.

Here is 5 Mississippi prospects to keep an eye on this year.

1. Khaderal Hodge, QB, Mendenhall

Hodge has visited Southern Miss and likes what the Eagles have to offer. He is also interested in the two other in-state schools, but has only visited Ole Miss for a junior day. He says he wants to play QB, but will consider a shift to WR if that opportunity arises. Expect Southern Miss to be very much in the picture here.

2. Glenn Russell Jr, RB, Monticello

Russell told me he is very much interested in Southern Miss, though he has not received an offer yet. He is hearing from them. The talented RB can play either there or WR, and is very athletic with a ton of upside. He has a brother at MSU so they have the early leg up, but he says he will take all his visits before naming a favorite. He is wide open right now.

3. Xavien Johnson, QB/ LB, Gautier

Johnson told Steve Robertson that he projects as a linebacker at the next level. He likes the idea of playing defense, and would be a good fit for Coach Johnson's scheme. If Southern Miss wants to make a big impact on the coast, he would be a good one to go after and get. He is receiving interest from Southern Miss along with MSU and Ole Miss.

4. Demetrius Cain, RB/ LB, Hazlehurst

Cain is one of those "off the radar" type guys that could be a big hit for the Eagles. He is small for a linebacker, and says he expects to play running back in college. A great athlete with great ability to be versitle, he would make a great fit in Hattiesburg.

5. David Mahaffey, OG, Brandon

Mahaffey is a huge offensive guard who any school would like to land. He's taken in junior days at Ole Miss, but I expect Southern Miss, who is on his radar, to start going after him hard. He'd add much needed bulk to an offensive line in the middle.

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