Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic
Saturday June 2nd at Ladd People's stadium
Defensive notes from the Combine that was held at Mississippi College.
There were two standouts at safety for the Mississippi squad and they were Johnny Brown and Jamison Hughes.
**Johnny Brown, the Ole Miss signee, is playing strong and free safety for the Mississippi squad.
He is a physical type player that will come up and hit you and also has the athleticism to cover the wide outs. But do not be surprised if Johnny ends up at outside linebacker on the next level due to his growth. Brown looks to already be in the 205 range and keeps growing and growing and growing.
Johnny is without a doubt one of the more gifted players on the Mississippi squad.
**Another safety that stood out during the combine is Oxford's Jamison Hughes.
The 6' 1", 200 pound Hughes played left CB for the Chargers this past season but is going to grow into a safety on the next level.
is smart and athletic and has cornerback skills at safety. Having Hughes and Brown
will give the Mississippi squad some flexibility in their pass coverages.
The two standouts at cornerback are Jamariey Atterberry and Damein Anderson.
**Jamariey Atterberry is what you term as a shut down corner. He has cat like quick feet and great closing speed. Atterberry can make up a lot of ground in a hurry.
The Ole Miss signee just puts a blanket on the WR's.
**Damein Anderson has quick feet, great coverage skills, and is probably the biggest steal for the defensive back class in Mississippi this year.
The MSU signee has good closing speed and smarts to play in coverages and is also very athletic. The only knock on him is his size. When he adds some needed muscle, Damien will be one to watch for the Dogs.
Football for the state of Mississippi headlines the linebacker position.
**Chris Strong did not disappoint anybody in attendance at the combine.
Although the Ole Miss signee looks to be in the 280 range, he still moves at linebacker speed, laterally and straight ahead.
Strong is very physical, and can
shed blocks as well as any linebacker these eyes have set on. Chris can also drop
back in coverage and plays like a legit 4.6 speed propsect.
He just needs to keep his weight down if he wants to stay there on the next level.
**Maurice Crutison, from Port Gibson, was out for the majority of the season due to a knee injury but looks to be back healthy.
The MSU signee is very raw but is very athletic and has plenty of speed. He needs to gain some weight, but he has the athleticism needed to play on the next level.
You could see Crutison play some rush end in certain passing situations for the Mississippi squad.
**The top defensive end looked to be West Bolivar's Stanley Porter.
The long time Ole Miss commit and Arkansas State signee is very quick off the ball. He is a very raw athlete and a redshirt year will help him bulk up, but he is definitely a steal for Arkansas State.
He comes off the ball with great pass rushing skills and he shoots the gap pretty well in run situations.
We feel like Stanley will provide plenty of pressure on the Alabama QB's during the game.
**Jazzmen Guy is another player that the Mississippi squad will count on during the game.
Guy is slated to play defensive end, but we feel like he is better suited to play defensive tackle and could end up getting several snaps at the tackle position during the All-star contest.
Jazzmen is what you term as a "utility" player. By that, we mean that he is versatile enough to fill in the gaps at either end of tackle, depending on down and distance.
The MSU signee is physical, and has some quickness on him at times, but needs to work harder with his conditioning.
**Joshua Stephens, out of Heidelberg, looks to be the top defensive tackle on a very thin unit.
The Jackson State signee is very raw because he comes from a small school but is very strong and plays with leverage. Once he gets in a college program, he has huge upside on him.
**P. K. Keyes, out of Gulfport, is better suited to play offensive line on the next level but will fill in the gaps at the tackle position for the All-star classic.
The MS Gulf Coast CC signee is big and physical and moves around pretty well. His expertise will be in the run stopping department.
Watch out for MSU signee, Eric Richards, out of Warren Central.
This kid has a cannon for a leg and actually kicked one of the kickoffs to the endzone with his opposite foot (left) while playing around during the combine..
The ball just has a "pop" to it when it comes off of his foot, and Eric could be the most "unheard" player on the Mississippi squad that could end up being the difference maker for the Magnolia squad.