Mississippi: The Defensive Ends

The state of Mississippi is putting together a solid 2014 talent pool. Some of the state's top athletes on the defensive side of the football are defensive ends who do a very good job of controlling their edge. A few names have begun to rise to prominence.

When you talk defensive ends in Mississippi, the first name to come to mind is Callaway standout Breeland Speaks.

Speaks has great growth potential, so I wouldn't rule out a move inside where his quickness would be a real asset at defensive tackle.

Out on the edge, Speaks has shown a relentless pursuit of opposing quarterbacks. A big and physical specimen, Speaks is equally skilled against the run.

Speaks has a lot of upside and his versatility is real benefit. He could spend time as a weakside defensive end or slide inside as a three technique.

No matter where he lines up, Speaks has the talent and upside to be a very, very good college football player.

Keontre Anderson of Canton High School is a relatively new name to the recruiting radar, but college coaches spent some time in January at CHS inquiring about Anderson.

Anderson measures in at 6-4, 230 with a lot of room to grow.

Opposing coaches talk about his good first step and length.

The spring evaluation period will be interesting for Anderson as several college programs should take the drive over to see him in action.

Kyle Strickland is part of a tremendous defensive line at Brandon High.

Strickland has the size, frams and tenacity that college coaches are looking for.

Strickland plays with a tremendous amount of effort and shows a real mean streak at times.

Blessed with good dexterity, Strickland was able to add some solid moves and technique to his arsenal this past fall.

There may not be a higher riser in this position group once the summer camps are completed.

Michael Brooks plays the bookend side opposite of Strickland at Brandon High.

Brooks is a very skilled athlete with a lot of natural ability.

He has done a very good job in the weight room and appears to have put on some good weight since the season ended.

Brooks is strong at the point of attack and his quickness is a real attribute when he slides out wide as a seven technique to get after the quarterback.

Ken Edwards of Neshoba Central is a hot name right now. A lot of people asre talking about his size and skill.

Edwards has the length and frame to be a very good college player.

The summer camps will be big for Edwards as he competes for offers.

He is certain to pass the looks test and if he shows up in camp like he does on film, then he will have some options to consider come signing day.


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