Malachi, who played defensive tackle last season, told me that he is "going to be going both ways (DT/OT) this year."
Not only a very good football player (1st team All-Region last season), Malachi is an excellent student who will easily qualify.
With a Nike Camp invitation in hand, Malachi also has an idea what other camps he will be attending this summer. "I know I'm going to the Mississippi State camp," said Malachi. "I'm debating whether I will go to the Louisiana Tech or Vanderbilt camp. Those are all at the moment."
When asked what schools he is most interested in at this time, Malachi quickly said his favorites are "the University of Florida, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Colorado and Texas."
With three other potential DI prospects on his team, don't be surprised if Velma Jackson High School becomes a hot bed for college coaches this fall.
MALACHI'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:
Larry Blackman, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound defensive end/tight end, is another in a long line of potential DI prospects on the Velma Jackson High School team.
A starter at defensive end since his 10th grade season, Larry made the MAC 3A All-State second-team this past season as well as All-District the past two seasons.
Like Malachi, Larry is a good student. In fact, he told me that he plans on majoring in Chemical Engineering in college.
Larry also runs track. He was 5th in the 200 meters in the South State Championship meet this past season.
Larry has received an invitation to the prestigious Nike Camp. Larry also has an idea what other camps he would like to attend this summer. "I am going to try and go to the Vanderbilt, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State first off," said Larry.
Larry told me his top five schools are "Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Southern Miss, Memphis and Louisiana Tech."
LARRY'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:
Eugene Luckett (6-foot-1, 172, 4.4) will be playing strong safety and quarterback for Velma Jackson High School this coming season.
Eugene, like his favorite cornerback Fred Smoot, has been a starter at cornerback since his 9th grade season. He also played some at free safety and strong safety as well. He is being moved to safety this year because, as Eugene told me, "the safeties that we had (last season) were seniors."
When asked which position he prefers, he said "the corner position, I love it." He also said he would "like to play receiver. They don't put me in but I believe I'm a good receiver."
He has earned numerous honors, including either All-District or All-Region during his 9th, 10th and 11th grade seasons and MAC 3A All-State second-team at strong safety this past season.
Also an outstanding sprinter, Eugene has been clocked at 10.42 seconds in the 100 meters on one occasion.
Like his teammates, Eugene has received an invitation to the Nike Camp. He also wants to attend camps at "Mississippi State, Ole Miss and USM."
According to Eugene, his five favorite schools are "Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Florida State."
He named his five schools very quickly. Because of that, I asked him why he chose those five in particular.
"I like those teams because most of them are built on togetherness," said Eugene. "They are built on speed, power, conditioning and have a heart."
Although Mississippi State hasn't had great seasons the past two years, that didn't seem to faze Eugene. "That doesn't bother me at all," said Eugene. "I think this year is going to be their best year in a while. They had a good recruiting season."
EUGENE'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:
David Myers, the final potential DI prospect on the Velma Jackson HS team, is a 5-foot-10, 220-pound back who can run over the middle with power or get around the corner in a hurry with his 4.5 forty speed.
A starter since his 9th grade season, David has earned numerous honors, including All-Metro, All-Region Co-Most Valuable Player last season and All-District three years running.
A Nike Camp invitee, David said he would like to attend camps at "Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and LSU. Coach will let us know where we will go."
David told me that Coach Glenn Davis of Mississippi State has called him during the spring evaluation period. He said he may have received other calls, but because he has a job after he gets through with practice, he's really not sure.
Even though it is very early in the recruiting process, David told me his favorite schools are "Mississippi State, LSU, Tennessee, the Texas Longhorns, the University of Miami, Georgia and Ole Miss."
David's dad, the late David Myers, Sr., was also a very gifted athlete who ran the 100 meters in 10.8 seconds and close to a 4.3 in the forty. In fact, David told me that his dad had intended on playing football at Mississippi State until David came along. His dad, who passed away last September, always had a place in his heart for Mississippi State and wanted David to play football there.
A solid student in the classroom, David should have no problem qualifying.
DAVID'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:
Brandon Jackson, 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, is a very good running back who plays for Horn Lake High School in Horn Lake, Mississippi.
After not playing his 10th grade season, Brandon exploded on the scene this past season with 1,777 yards. For his efforts, he was selected to the MAC All-State first team in his classification as well as first team All-Region.
A tremendously strong youngster (told me he has a 400 bench and 605 squat), Brandon is also a big-time speedster with a 4.43 forty and a 10.4 seconds 100 meters to his credit.
A Nike Camp invitee, Brandon is not sure which college football camps he will be attending this summer.
A hot commodity on the recruiting scene, Brandon, a quiet youngster on the phone, has received several recruiting calls this spring, most recently from "Michigan State, West Virginia, Mississippi State." He didn't elaborate on what other schools have called him.
When asked which coach from Mississippi State called him, he told me "Coach (John) Blake."
At this time, Brandon has no list of favorite schools. His exact words, when asked if he had a list of favorite schools, were, "No sir, I don't know."
Although he wasn't sure about what schools will make his final list, he is enjoying the recruiting process. In fact, when asked what his thoughts were about recruiting, he said, "I love it. I like the college coaches coming through, looking at me."
BRANDON'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:
Allen Armstrong, 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds with 4.4 speed, will very likely be one of the top wide receivers in the state of Mississippi this coming season.
Playing for Forrest County AHS, Allen, a Nike Camp invitee, was an All-Area team selection as well as honorable mention All-State selection at the conclusion of his junior season.
Allen, when asked what schools he is most interested in, told me "Tennessee, Florida Gators, probably Notre Dame, the (Texas) Longhorns."
ALLEN'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:
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