Mississippi: The Big Uglies

Last year, the state of Mississippi produced one of its' most talented crop of offensive linemen in the state's rich football history. While the 2013 talent pool was especially deep, the next group of sled pushers appears to be a little thin, at least in the early going. A quartet of prospects have begun to distinguish themselves as the Magnolia state's best.

The top name among offensive linemen is Roderick Taylor of Callaway High School.

Considered the state's top college football prospect for the 2014 signing class, Taylor has been a known commodity throughout his high school career.

CHS offensive line coach Otis Riddley told me two years ago that Taylor had the chance to be one of the top big men the state has produced in some time.

Taylor benfitted from playing alongside Justin Bell and Aaron Morris as an underclassman.

Seeing those two go through the recruiting process, should help Taylor take a measured approach to his own selection.

Taylor has NFL potential. He plays with a mean streak and a strong initial punch on the snap.

Several schools have already extended scholarship offers, but Taylor appears to be content to ride the process out for a while and get to know more about each program that is showing interest.

Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and many others are in the mix for Taylor in the early going.

Ole Miss picked up a commitment from DeSoto Cental standout Tyler Putman recently.

Putman is a very solid player with a great frame. He will have to bulk up on the next level, but he has the length and athleticism to be a very good offensive tackle.

Putman has battled through some adversity physically, but no lingering effects are expected.

A good citizen and student, Putman is very highly thought of by those in his community.

Offensive guard Doug Lofton of Taylorsville is one of the top big men in south Mississippi.

An All-State selection as a junior, Lofton has put together some solid film which should generate some early interest.

Lofton has recently attended Junior Day at Florida State and several other schools have him on their invite list as well.

Lofton is a name to remember as the summer camp sessions approach.

North Pike's Ethan Frith is a huge prospect at 6-6, 315.

Frith has the size college coaches are looking for and he does some nice things on tape.

While still pretty raw, Frith has the size and frame needed to become a soild offensive line prospect.

Frith plays left tackle on the high school level, but you may see him flip over to the right side on the college level.

After a couple of years in a college strength and conditioning program, Frith could be an absolute monster.

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