Mississippi did not have a lot of star power on the defensive side of the ball
outside of Antonio Conner going into the All-Star classic, but there are two
defenders that have left everyone talking about them.
Top Defensive Risers
Dylan Bradley (DT, Noxubee County, MS) - You look out on the field and you see this undersized defensive tackle that stands around 6' 0", 250. You say to yourself, "he's too little for the next level", but then you watch him play against the best of the best. There has not been one practice where Dylan has not totally dominated the line of scrimmage. He has simply been unblockable.
Think Issac Gross when you try to visual Bradley's game. He is fast twitched which allows allows him to explode off of the line of scrimmage and by the offensive linemen. The 4A Defensive Player of the Year also uses his leverage to his advantage and uses good pad level to shed the blocks.
Bradley loves to get physical down in the trenches and let his man know about
it as he is one of the biggest talkers on the field, if not the biggest.
Many Mississippians who are familiar with the high school scene knew that Dylan dominated anybody in front of him this season but what could this undersized young man do against the best of the best? That was the question on everybody's mind. Those questions have been answered.
Memphis is Dylan's top school but he would like to see more attention from the two instate programs, Ole Miss and MSU. Are you listening Dogs and Rebels?
Chris Jones (DE, Houston, MS) - OK, so how do we include a 4-Star player on this list? Because no one outside of Mississippi knew about this young man until this week. Chris was a basketball player until he started concentrating on football last season at
Nettleton. The problem was Chris did not play but in four games in the 2011 campaign.
The 6' 6", 250-pounder decided to transfer to Houston in the off season with little fanfare. He began to make a name for himself in the Bulldog camp after a fine showing during one of their football camps. An offer followed and a commitment was made shortly thereafter.
Jones rose to 4-Star status with some raised eyebrows this fall but proved
why he was worthy with a banner senior season that was followed with an Under
Armour All-Ameircan status. This camp has showed why there are still "diamonds
in the rough" in the internet crazy recruiting world. He is long, strong,
and has great get-off. It takes more than rushing the passer to be a complete
end, and this is where Chris has proved his merit. He is simply a dog in the
trenches. That term is used for players who love to mix it up and get after
it. Jones has all the tools to become a big time player on the next level.
Chris only holds one offer to this point, MSU, but he already been hearing his phone ring lately from the likes of Miami, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Ole Miss. More interest will follow.
DT Dylan Bradley (Noxubee County)
DT Jawon Johnson (Starkville)
DE Chris Jones (Houston)
DE Xavier Pegues (Oxford)
LB Tayler Polk (Brandon)
LB Stacey Garner (Forrest County Ag)
LB Evan Osborne (Pearl)
SS Antonio Conner (South Panola)
FS Brandon Wells (Bogue Chitto/0
CB Tyre'oune Holmes (Tyertown)
CB Gabriel Myles (Starkville) co with Tony Bridges (Hattiesburg)