Mississippi Notebook

High school football in the Magnolia State got underway this week as most of the teams around the state played their season openers. There was some big recruiting news in the state as four star offensive lineman Jake Thomas announced his college commitment. While the state of Mississippi appears to be a little thin at wide receiver, there are some talented players to keep an eye on.

The biggest recruiting news of the week was Jake Thomas and his commitment to Mississippi State.

The four star tackle is just getting back into playing shape after missing most of the spring with a foot injury.

As a result of that ailment, Thomas was unable to participate in many of his planned college summer camping sessions.

Thomas had considered a later decision, but elected to push ahead with his commitment before the season opener for the Columbus Falcons.

Columbus knocked off Aberdeen this past Friday night.

The Falcons are pretty familiar with Aberdeen.

The two programs squared off last year in a pre-season jamboree.

See Jake take on five star defensive end Channing Ward in the video link below.

Who's on deck?

Thomas' pledge brings the number of committed Mississippi high school offensive linemen to nine.

Jamaal Clayborn, Kent Flowers, Deon Mix and Jake Thomas are all committed to Mississippi State.

Daronte Bouldin and Davion Johnson are committed to Ole Miss.

Devin Farrior and James Davis have tabbed Southern Miss as their college destinations.

Water Valley's Taylor Edwards has committed to Troy.

While several big uglies from the Magnolia State have closed out the recruiting process, some talent still remains.

Brandon's David Mahaffey is a prospect with college level talent who may benefit from seeing the traffic clear prior to his senior season.

Tackle Olandrius Booker certainly has college level size. Despite being tucked away in tiny Marks, Mississippi, Booker has some interest from college recruiters.

It is a tough year for guys on the bubble to break through due to the large number of talented offensive linemen in the state.

Some prospects may elect to go to junior college for at least a year in an effort to elevate their stock with major college recruiters.

Double dip

Four star Ashton Shumpert took in unofficial visits to both Mississippi State and Ole Miss on Saturday.

Shumpert has done a lot of travelling with his mother during the summer months, but on Saturday it was Ashton's father making the trip.

The Fulton, Mississippi product continues to keep his cards close to his vest, but the grapevine suggests that he will likely spend his college career playing for one of Mississippi's SEC programs.

Up and coming

LSU 2014 commitment Devin Voorhies led Wilkinson County to their first win over Natchez high since 2001.

Voorhies completed 10 of 17 passes en route to the 24-22 road victory.

2014 wide receiver Allenzae Staggers was on the business end of every Voorhies' completion.

Staggers also recovered the game clinching fumble to quell a late Natchez drive.

The junior combo will host Amite County this week in the annual rivalry game.

Dynamic duos

Wide receivers Brandon Acker and Tony Bridges of Hattiesburg High School began their senior seasons without the benefit of a college scholarship.

The HHS standouts believe they have something to prove.

Both prospects made quite an impression on Friday night. Acker and Bridges combined for three touchdowns as Hattiesburg blasted Murrah 51-22.

Biloxi fell to defending 5A state champion Picayune in the Shrimp Bowl on Saturday.

Mississippi State commitment Scott Austin and South Alabama pledge Tevaris McCormick combined to find the end zone three times including McCormick's 50 yard grab to force overtime.

The Indians' high powered offense should be a lot of fun to watch this fall thanks in large part to senior signal caller Jaylen Woullard.

Biloxi looks ready to challenge in the south.

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