A Baker's Dozen

Last year the state of Mississippi's talent pool was led by a bumper crop of talented defensive lineman. The process is often cyclical. The 2013 Magnolia State class is pretty thin on the defensive front wall this year. Heading into the spring evaluation period, it appears a very solid group of offensive lineman will be nabbing most of the headlines.

Offensive tackle Jake Thomas of Columbus heads into the summer as the state of Mississippi's top offensive line prospect.

Thomas holds offers from Mississippi State and Southern Miss and is getting strong interest from Alabama and Ole Miss among others.

Several programs have extended invitations to attend camp for a personal evaluation, so Thomas' offer list is expected to grow over the course of the next few months.

Deon Mix of South Panola could get some looks at right tackle on the next level, but it appears he is best suited for one of the guard positions.

Mix was one of the highlights of the NUC Five Star showcase in Zachary, Louisiana last month where he earned event honors for the offensive linemen.

College camps will be a big part of Mix' plans over the course of the next few months. Some solid showings will turn some of those "verbal" offers until bona fide scholarship options.

Daronte Bouldin of Canton High School is a name that is beginning to gain some traction.

Bouldin has good size and a great frame for football. He is extremely athletic for a bigger guy and could be a swing guy on the line who is capable of playing multiple positions.

With offers from Louisiana, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, Bouldin is off and running in his recruitment.

Davion Johnson of Byhalia has already closed out his recruitment. Johnson became the first verbal commitment for the 2013 class for Ole Miss.

Johnson made a name for himself last spring and summer on the combine and camp circuit. He was named the top offensive lineman at my camp in Tupelo as a junior.

Johnson moves extremely well and he has a real blue collar appeal to him. He plays with a mean streak and he has a genuine toughness about him.

David Mahaffey of Brandon is another tough guy who plays hard. Due to his size, Mahaffey will be limited to one of the interior positions more than likely.

Mahaffey looks to dominate his man. Technically, he is one of the better lineman in the state. He does a lot of things well and his best football is in front of him.

The summer camps will be a big part of his recruitment as he shows college coaches what he can do in person.

From the private school ranks, Jamaal Clayborn of Jackson Academy looks to be the top guy.

Clayborn is getting a strong amount of interest, but so far offers have been slow to come. Once coaches have the chance to work him out, his offer list will grow.

Look for Jamaal to be a very hot name during the summer camp sessions.

Kent Flowers of Hollandale-Simmons will look to stake his claim as the Mississippi Delta's top sled pusher.

Flowers claims an early offer from Ole Miss, but he is getting his share of attention from Mississippi State as well.

He would like to stay closer to home for his college career, so this may boil down to an ole fashioned in state battle.

Wayne County's Devin Farrior has made the junior day rounds over the course of the last few months.

Farrior is getting strong interest from Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Ole Miss and all three have hosted him at some point in the past few weeks.

A return trip to Starkville was Farrior's most recent excursion, but he will look to rack up more windshield time this summer as he camps at all three in state FBS programs.

Ian Gibson of Southeast Lauderdale projects to play offensive guard on the next level.

Gibson is another hard worker from one of the state's more under recruited areas. He will be on the move this summer looking to generate more interest for himself.

Conner Kelly of D'Iberville spent a lot of time last summer chasing his baseball dreams, so his weight was up and down throughout the year.

Kelly is going to spend more time at football camps this summer and that will certainly boost his stock.

Kelly will line up inside on the college level at offensive guard, but he has the skills to make the move to center if necessary.

Travis Brogle of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi is a natural center prospect. Brogle is a little undersized and pretty much limited to playing center on the major college level, but he is a good one.

Brogle does a good job of getting the snap back, his hands up and his man out of the hole.

Some of the bigger schools may look to pass due to his size, but Brogle will get the chance to play beyond the high school level.

One player with no size concerns is Marks, Mississippi offensive tackle Olandrius Booker who checks in just under 6'6".

Booker is tucked away in Mississippi's 3A North Classification, but Palmer High School should have more than its' share of visitors this spring as college coaches make the trip to see if Booker can pass more than the looks test.

Joseph Nelson of Hazlehurst is another bigger guy who is going to get his fair share of looks over the next few months.

The Indians put together a big season in 2011 and as a result just about everybody in the state had the chance to lay eyes on Nelson.

Nelson will need to spend more time in the weight room to get in the best shape of his career for his senior season.


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