Big Dawg: Names of Interest

The state of Mississippi has a talented crop of football prospects again this year and many of those players have already made their college decisions. Heading into fall camp, there are still some very talented players available. Some of those prospects along with several others around the southeast were on hand Friday night at Mississippi State's Big Dawg camp.

Mississippi's top available wide receiver, Jesse Jackson, attended the event and put together a nice showing.

Jackson continues to claim Mississippi State as his overall leader, but has stopped short of making a verbal commitment.

Jackson was very good in drills and excelled in the one-on-ones. Jackson appears to have grown a couple of inches since last season and now looks very solid as an X receiver prospect.

Scout.com National 300 member Gerri Green had another strong showing in camp.

Green is the state's top linebacker prospect and he did nothing to hurt that claim during Big Dawg camp.

Most guys Green's size are not blessed with his level of quickness or foot speed. He has a unique skill set for a linebacker and he understands how to take coaching and put it to use in his next rep.

Aeris Williams may have taken the biggest leap forward as a prospect. Williams took reps at running back, wide receiver and defensive back. He was able to compete at a high level at each position.

Williams is a true competitor and he probably took more reps in the one-on-ones then any other player in attendance outside of the quarterbacks.

There is a good chance that Williams gets some talk when the Mr. Football discussions begin in the state of Mississippi.

North Pontotoc wide receiver Marcus Green is a name on the rise. He has competed hard at every event he has attended and been named one of the standouts no matter the level of competition.

Green ran a blistering 4.31 in the 40 and that top end speed translated over to the one-on-one drills where he was open most of the evening. He has moved his name from a possible offer guy to a probable offer guy.

Linebacker Curtis Akins of Byhalia continues to impress. He ran two sub 4.5 times in the 40 yard dash and then went to work in drills with something to prove.

Akins worked hard and probably looked his best in one-on-ones. He has a pair of Conference USA offers, but could play his way into much more with a solid senior season.

Shareef White is one of the most college ready looking prospects in the state of Mississippi. I have had the chance to see White in action three times this summer and every time I see him I like him more. He runs extremely well and he already has the size and strength to compete early in his career on the college level.

Genard Avery is another guy who knows where the weight room is and uses it with some consistency. Avery is a Mike linebacker who is built to handle the rigors of playing inside the box. He has a very good attitude and he competes extremely hard in all drills.

Defensive lineman Cory Thomas spent a lot of time with Coach David Turner and he worked extremely hard for a guy with a handful of SEC offers in hand. There was no sense of entitlement in his actions and Thomas brought a humble spirit and willingness to work to camp.

Thomas was also the subject of some recruiting talk from his peers. MSU commitment Elijah Staley and Florida pledge Cyontai Lewis both made their sales pitches for their respective programs.

Breeland Speaks has been mentioned as a possible linebacker, defensive end or defensive tackle prospect. After seeing him in person during camp, he appears to be best suited for defensive tackle. Speaks has a solid frame and can carry the weight needed to play on the inside where his quickness would be a real asset.

One of the most impressive players in camp regardless of position was Ackerman defensive lineman Trey Brown. Brown is a very athletic player with great quickness. He is a real handful on the bull rush and he uses his hands extremely well when engaged with an offensive lineman. His name is on the rise once again and some one is going to land a quality competitor in Brown.

Grant Harris showed at camp in very good shape. He is carrying a lot of his weight in his upper body rather than in his core. Harris moves well for a bigger guy and he knows how to take coaching. He has a bit of a mean streak despite an ever present smile. Harris has the chance to be a solid player on the college level and he shows a good head for the game as well as a real mature demeanor.

Jon Michael Edwards worked out at camp and he did a nice job. He is looking for a defensive end spot and he has the skill set to be a solid pass rusher off of the edge. He has a good first step and he is able to disengage and break free of his man and into the backfield with regularity.

West Point defensive tackle LaDarius Gallion did not work out, but he did show up to observe drills. Gallion is working his way back from a minor ailment that would have prevented him from being 100% in camp. Gallion currently claims offers from Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Offensive tackle Sean Rawlings is a name on the rise. I have seen him three times this summer and he is not scared to compete. He is still growing into his frame and getting used to being a bigger guy, but he shows the makings of a good offensive tackle prospect. His best football is in front of him.


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