The quarterback duties will be handled by USM commit, Dominique Sullivan. The Taylorsville native is tall (6' 3") and likes to stay in the pocket. He throws a very nice ball, and we like the way he continues to look down the field. The Wildcat duties will go to MSU commit, Jameon Lewis. He is only 5' 9" but possesses quick feet and is a nice option for the Wildcat formation.
Running back is manned, literally, by two tailbacks who look like they were chiseled out of the pro ranks. Both Nick Parker and Nick Griffin are big, strong backs. Parker is a one cut back while Griffin has a little more wiggle.
The receiver position was hurt with injuries but
The offensive line is led by Scout.com's number eight nationally rated offensive tackle, Damien Robinson. His stock slipped some during this season, but he looks to be back to full form. His preason billing as Mississippi's top prospect going into the 2009 season looks to be not as off as some had suspected. He has extremely good foot work and athleticism for a big guy. He is also very strong and hard to get around. MSU baseball commit, Wes Rea, showed why he was a preseason Dandy Dozen selection as he pulls very well. Shon Coleman, as reported in the Tuesday live updates, had to sit out of the practice but hopes to be back on Wednesday.
There is no doubt that the strength of the Mississippi squad lies on the defensive line.
It is a star studded cast that includes four star Carlton Martin who possesses a first step that college recruiters crave. Four star Kaleb Eulls is going to put a smile on the Mississippi State faces for years to come. He is an elite athlete that already has that college ready body. Scout.com's number 38 nationally rated defensive tackle, Bryon Bennett, has a mixture of power and quickness, and like Eulls, already has a ready made body. Four star defensive end Carlton Thompson, is all of 6' 5" and can really get after the passer. He will need to work on his overall body strength for the next level, but he can be an immediate impact player in this game. Defensive tackle Curtis Virges, a Mississippi State commit, has
Linebacker is supported by Scout.com's number 34 nationally rated middle linebacker, Taurice King. The Yazoo City native is very physical at the point of attack. Justin Penn out of Bassfield and Corvell Harrison out of NE Jones definitely look the part at LB. They are the two diamonds in the rough off of the Mississippi squad.
The secondary looks to be in good shape. The top cornerback is Furious Bradley, who we think is vastly underrated. He has the quickness and ball skills to become a big time Division One player. He committed to Southern Miss early in the recruiting process, and it looks like the Eagles have found themselves a gem. Asian Ruff is a very athletic free safety who has good ball skills. They put Matthew Wells at safety, and he looks to be a natural on the defensive side of the ball but prefers to play running back on the next level.
Every year it seems like the Mississippi squad gets hit with roster changes at the last minute, and this year is no different, as two of their key play makers inside the border are missing the game due to injuries. Four star wide receiver Vincent Sanders pulled his hamstring in the 5A North Half Championship game, while Slot Jay Hughes had an MCL injury that was sustained in the playoffs.
Mississippi's second highest rated receiver, Robert Johnson, was left off of the team due to the three player limit from each high school. Robert was prepared to come when his teammate, Jay Hughes, had to miss the game but stated, "they never called me so I am staying at home (in Hattiesburg) this week." Too bad. The Magnolia offense sure could have used him.
Shon Coleman, an offensive tackle committed to Auburn commit attended today's practice but had to sit out after his knee was giving him problems. The Olive Branch standout stated, "I had surgery last year and it started hurting today with the weather. It has given me problems all year, but I kept playing. Hopefully it feels better tomorrow."