2014: Mississippi Names to Watch

The recruiting talent pool often goes in cycles. In the state of Mississippi the 2012 class was considered the year of the defensive lineman with names like Quay Evans, Nicks James and Channing Ward leading the group. The 2013 class is heavy on offensive lineman. Looking ahead, the class of 2014 may prove to be the year of the athlete.

A pair of talented 2014 players, C.J. Hampton and Devin Voorhies, have already committed to Ole Miss and LSU respectively.

With the process moving quickly, fans wonder who might be the next to commit.

Here is a look at just some of the 2014 players with some early buzz.


McComb's Alex Woodall is a dual threat quarterback who has really improved his accuracy over the course of the off season.

Woodall has the ability to move the pile as a runner and is becoming more of a threat to beat the defense over the top with the deep ball.

Dexter standout Clifford Fernandez is one of the most physically impressive prospects in the state at this point.

The 6-2, 240 pounder threw for over 2,300 yards and 26 touchdowns last fall.

Like many in state signal callers, Fernandez may line up somewhere besides under center on the college level.

Tavares Johnson who played at Cleveland East-Side last fall should be a prospect of interest for several programs looking to run the spread offense.

Johnson led all sophomore quarterbacks in the state with over 2,800 yards passing and 28 touchdowns.

Louisville's Wyatt Roberts, South Panola's Rip Kirk and Long Beach's Thad Miller are more traditional pocket passes who are expected to receive D1 attention.

Miller has put together a solid summer and is poised for a big season this fall.

Running Backs:

Biloxi's Devoriae Martin should be a name most high school football fans in the state of Mississippi know well by season's end.

Martin ran for 1,363 yards and nine scores a season ago.

With the Indians' offense featuring college prospects at quarterback (Jaylen Woullard) and receiver (Scott Austin, Tevaris McCormick), defenses should have a hard time stacking the box.

FCAHS battering ram Dontavious Lee looked very good in the spring.

Lee rushed for 1,163 yards last year and will look to be the featured back in the Aggie offense this fall.

West Point standout Aeris Williams had a big year last fall and found the end zone 12 times as part of his 778 yard season.

Look for Williams to have a huge junior campaign.

Another name to expect big things from this fall is South Panola tailback Tavian Bibbs.

Wide receivers:

This grouping looks to be extremely talented and the number of college level prospects at this position will multiply as some of these athlete types get into college camps next summer and workout with college coaches.

Korey Robertson of Greenwood High School has the makings of a very good outside receiver.

Robertson has been clocked in the low 4.5s which is a great attribute to go along with his impressive size.

Desmond Gross of Louisville was one of the top gainers in the state last fall despite being playing Robin to C.J. Bates' Batman.

A.J. Rye of Saltillo led all sophomore receivers in yards (830) in 2011. Rye is also considered a prospect with college baseball potential, so he may have a two fold college decision to make.

Dejarvis Chambers of Wayne County may prove to be one of the better receivers to come out of that program.

Coach Todd Mangum takes over in Waynesboro this fall. Mangum coached Mississippi State's Joe Morrow at Ocean Springs for four years.

Picasso Nelson Jr. of Oak Grove is a lot of fun to watch.

At 5-10, 175, Nelson carries his weight well and is pretty physical for a guy his size.

Nelson is really just scratching his potential as a prospect and should be a playmaker in the Warriors' offense this fall.

Offensive line/

College coaches are wise to sign all of the big bodies they can get in the signing class of 2013.

The early returns for 2014 are not promising when it comes to the offensive line.

Of course, this fall some new names will emerge, but so far only a pair of big guys have hit the early radar.

Callaway's Roderick Taylor looks to be the best the state has to offer for 2014 and his early offer list is evidence of that.

Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss among others have shown some very serious interest in inking the Jackson, Mississippi native.

North Pike's Ethan Frith has the size college coaches are looking for.

Frith needs a big year this fall because everyone will be watching to see if has the potential to be a major college prospect.


Several names fit this category and some are already projected at other positions, but some guys still have not been branded with a position of preference just yet.

Stringer's Tevin Moore is electric with the ball in his hands.

Moore finished in the top 15 in the state rushing with 1,782 yards.

At just under 5-10, Moore will likely make the move to slot receiver or corner on the next level.

Jamoral Graham is a blue chipper all the way.

The Newton County product comes in at 5'11, 185 and has been clocked sub 11 in the 100 meters more than once.

Graham has the potential to play on either side of the ball, but free safety may prove to be his ticket.

D.K. Buford of Lafayette can absolutely fly. He ran three sub 4.3s in Tupelo and then duplicated that effort the next weekend at Ole Miss.

Buford can play on either side of the ball. With his speed, you simply find a place.


So far the pickings look pretty slim at defensive line and the season hopefully will produce some true linebacker prospects.

Olive Branch linebacker Alfred Dickens has emerged as a prospect with some potential.

Dickens flows to the ball well and is a sure handed tackler.

While the front seven looks a little thin, the defensive backfield has some real potential.

Factor in some of those athletes and suddenly the secondary spots look extremely attractive.

Twin brothers Alvin and Calvin Moore of Bassfield ran extremely well at the Nike Combine in Mobile, Alabama this spring.

Alvin was clocked at 4.55 on a slow track which led all underclassmen.

There is a good chance that both Alvin and Calvin both find a spot on defense.

How close to the line of scrimmage will simply depend on their physical growth and their ability to pack on weight.

Natchez High standout Lee Jackson is another name of interest.

Jackson did extremely well at the 7-on-7 camp at LSU and looks to have the length and ball skills to be a college level defensive back.

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