Mississippi Notebook

High school football practice began on Monday in the state of Mississippi. For many players and coaches the recruiting process will now take a backseat to pre-season preparations. A few prospects around the state are still contemplating their college futures, while at least one standout is ready to make the call.

Next to announce

Jackson Academy three star offensive guard reported yesterday that he will make his college decision public on Monday.

Mississippi State and Southern Miss are the two finalists.

Clayborn is eager to get his recruitment settled, so that he can turn his attention towards the 2012 season and a potential fourth consecutive state title for the Raiders of JA.

One of the more highly anticipated match-ups of the MAIS season will be when JA visits Jackson Prep and Ryan Buchanan in October.

"We want them at their best," said Clayborn of Prep. "I know we want to give them our best and they will be looking to bring their best when they play us."

Two's Company

Speaking of Ryan Buchanan, the Prep quarterback's decision to skip the Elite 11 finals to go on a mission trip to Guatemala has been well documented.

By passing on the quarterback competition, Buchanan also missed the chance to spend some time with fellow Ole Miss quarterback commitment Devante Kincaide.

Signing two quarterbacks in one class can often be a dicey proposition, but Buchanan reports that he respects Coach Hugh Freeze's decision and simply wants what is best for the team.

Still on the run

Fall practice will not begin for a few more days for West Bolivar running back Kailo Moore.

Moore is currently participating in the AAU Junior Olympic track and field championships.

The four star running back is schedule to run every day this week and he plans to bring some AAU gold home to Rosedale.

The new guy

Wide receiver Devin Elliot of Okolona has relocated to Tupelo and enrolled at THS.

Elliot reports that he is eager to measure himself against some of the top talent in the state in Mississippi's 6A classification.

Draining the pool

Mississippi's talented offensive lineman are picking sides at a pretty rapid pace.

Davion Johnson and Daronte Bouldin have both committed to Ole Miss, while Deon Mix and Kent Flowers have pledged to rival Mississippi State.

Murrah standout James Davis has committed to Southern Miss and Water Valley product Taylor Edwards has announced his decision to attend Troy.

When Jamaal Clayborn announces on Monday, that will be seven in state offensive line prospects committed to FBS programs.

There is still some quality talent still available in state.

The state's top offensive lineman Jake Thomas still plans to go through the process a little longer before making his decision.

Wayne County standout Devin Farrior holds an offer from Southern Miss and he plans to make a decision sooner rather than later.

Brandon's David Mahaffey is a prospect that several programs are still evaluating. Mahaffey is poised for a big season as the Bulldogs are expected to field a strong team this fall.

Some other names to watch this season are North Forrest's Dallas Carter, Bay High's Travis Brogle, M.S. Palmer's Olandrius Booker, Quitman's Chris Berry and Southeast Lauderdale's Ian Gibson.

After having some hit and miss years with the bigger guys, the state of Mississippi is looking at double digit D1 offensive line signees in the 2013 class.

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