Mississippi: The DBs

The state of Mississippi has a very solid crop of prospects for the 2014 class and the collection of defensive backs in the state may prove to be the most talented personnel grouping of the talent pool. Dozens of DBs are getting interest from college scouts this time of year, but a solid group of prospects are beginning to make a name for themselves.

Safeties

LSU commitment Devin Voorhies was the first 2014 prospect from the state of Mississippi to pledge his college allegiance.

Voorhies lines up at quarterback for the Wildcats of Wilkinson county and spends some time at safety.

The southwest Mississippi standout turned heads in Baton Rouge last summer with a standout preformance during the LSU's first summer camp sessions.

Several other schools have shown interest in Voorhies, but as things stand now he is dead set on the Tigers.

Meridian's C.J. Hampton also benefited from a strong summer.

Hampton rolled into his junior season with a commitment to Ole Miss already in place. Hampton put together a very solid year on a rebuilding defense.

It remains to be seen if Hampton will grow into a strong safety or patrol the secondary as a free safety.

With his willingness to get in there and mix it up, he will likely be a guy college coaches walk down into the box to get him closer to the action.

John Ferguson of Lewisburg is a very talented prospect who often plays with a real mean streak.

Ferguson is very skilled and he brings a load with him when making the tackle.

He has a very solid frame, so strong safety or perhaps an outside linebacker spot may be the path to take.

Starkville's Devonte Davis is one of the top hitters in the state.

Davis understands the phrase, "Go through him". Davis can really light up opposing ball carriers.

He may have to take the junior college route first, but look for Davis to be a star on the major college level once he arrives.

Callaway's Ronald Walker got out a good bit this past summer to show folks what he is capable of.

Walker is one of the more athletic skill players in the state and he could contribute on either side of the football.

The Jackson, Mississippi native cut his teeth as a wide receiver, but with his ability to locate the football and deliver a blow will likely lead to him playing safety on the college level.

Walker is currently committed to Ole Miss and is still receiving interest from other programs.

Corners

Jamoral Graham of Newton County projects as the top corner in the state of Mississippi.

Graham has elite speed and next level change of direction.

He can flip his hips and run alongside just about anybody.

Blessed with great hands and good recovery speed, Graham can be as good as he wants to be.

I am sure some will look at him as a wide receiver, but if works at it, he could play football for a long time as a corner.

Lashard Durr of Harrison Central is a bigger corner who can come up and make the big hit in run support.

Durr has good route recognition and appears to be well coached.

He shows up on film and has the size and frame college coaches are looking for.

Jaylon Keys of Northeast Jones was one of the most prolific pass defenders in the state of Mississippi.

Keys led all Mississippi juniors in interceptions with seven. Several quarterbacks tested him in the early going, but learned pretty quickly that he can play.

Keys is an all around athlete who participates in several sports including basketball which has helped him to be a real tough draw on the jump ball.

Bassfield has a pair of corners who are getting some early attention, Curtis Mikell and Cornell Armstrong.

Both need a good summer to show scouts what they can do against college level prospects, but the 2012 season was an excellent for both players.

Armstrong may bulk up and move to safety, but Mikell should stay outside on the island and find his college future at corner.

Bylhalia's Chris Rayford has a lot of ability and some quality film.

Rayford is a bigger guy who can play the boundary side of the field and come up and lay the lumber in run support.

Rayford will be active this summer attending several college camps, so his stock should rise once coaches see him in person.

One of the most exciting corners in the state is Tito Windham of Harrison Central.

While not the biggest corner, Windham plays big and plays with the effort needed to be an every down player on the college level.

Windham plays the game with a lot of passion and is reported to be a good locker room guy.


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