Mississippi: The Linebackers

Over the course of the last few years in Mississippi we have seen the year of the wide receiver (2011), the year of the defensive lineman (2012) and last year was known as the year of the offensive lineman. The class of 2014 may be best known for the amount of quality linebackers in the state. Perhaps the year of the linebacker is upon us.

For schools in the market for quality linebackers, Mississippi should prove to be a good place to start shopping.

The top linebacker in the state heading into the spring evaluation period is Greenville-Weston star Gerri Green.

Green currently holds offers from Louisiana, Mississippi State and Ole Miss with more schools considering following suit.

The looks test is an easy exam for Green to pass, but he really shows up on film as well.

Green has great size, length, range and tackling ability.

While in a bit of an under recruited area, Green has been on the radar for some time.

His recruitment will be one worth watching.

One of the most athletic linebackers in the class is Shareef White of Grenada High School.

White runs exceptionally well and he is a very good open field tackler.

With his foot speed and change of direction, White can handle his coverage responsibilities as well as clean things up when the action comes to his side in the running game.

White will be a hot name on the summer camp circuit.

Alfred Dickens of Olive Branch is a proven commodity on the high school level.

With early offers from Mississippi State and Ole Miss, Dickens will have some things to consider.

Dickens could play outside linebacker or make the move to strong safety under the right circumstances.

Harrison Central's Rejohn Franklin is an old school linebacker who plays the game with a real physical presence.

A punishing tackler, Franklin appears to be best suited for middle linebacker on the next level.

He shows the ability to play outside of the tackle box and defend the sweep and toss plays.

Bassfield's Alvin Moore (A.J.) can absolutely fly. Moore turned in the fastest time for all underclassmen at the Mobile Nike camp last year.

Moore continued his big numbers by running the top 40 yard dash at Southern Miss' summer camp.

The Bassfield defensive unit was especially stingy last fall on their way to the state title and Moore was a big reason why.

Moore has tremendous potential and he is just beginning to come into his own. He could play football for a very long time.

Genard Avery of Grenada is another guy who will get a lot of interest once more coaches have the chance to eyeball him during the spring evaluation period.

Avery is a very solid tackler who gets down hill in a hurry. He plays inside backer in high school, but with his size he will probably slide outside on the next level.

Curtis Akins of Byhalia has some nice tape. Akins was one of the most prolific tacklers in the state last year and with talent around him, he should duplicate his numbers from a year ago.

Akins is a guy who will likely need to make it to some camps, so college coaches can slot him for the proper position.

Jeremy Sangster did a nice job for Louisville last season. Sangster plays inside and appears to have the instincts required to navigate his way into the backfield and blow things up.

At this point, he appears to be more of a tackle to tackle linebacker who needs to show that he can be a sideline to sideline guy on the next level.


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