Mississippi Notebook

Several of the top football prospects in the state of Mississippi for the 2014 signing class have already declared their signing day intentions. With close to two dozen of the state's top thirty prospects already committed, the battle for the remaining talent should intensify over the course of the next few months.

A new name on the old scene

A name that may be somewhat unfamiliar to high school football fans in Mississippi is J.T. Gray who recently enrolled at Clarksdale High School.

Gray was the subject of a huge ordeal involving allegations of recruiting by a high school program in Arizona earlier this summer.

Gray, who holds over a dozen scholarship offers, played last season at Coolidge High School, but elected to transfer to Chandler Hamilton which led to allegations of misconduct that were passed along to the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

As summer workouts rolled on, Gray elected to enroll at Basha High School, but eventually made the move to Clarksdale, Mississippi to live with his father and play for the Wildcats.

Former West Bolivar head coach Henry Johnson is now the man in charge at Clarksdale, so Gray should see plenty of touches in Johnson's run heavy scheme.

Gray has camped at Alabama among others and holds offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and several others.

The three star standout is getting looks at both running back and safety and called USC his leader a few weeks back.

Big 10 offer makes 11

Clinton defensive tackle Grant Harris is quietly putting together one of the more impressive offer lists in the state of Mississippi.

Harris was recently offered by Nebraska which sent him back to the drawing board in many respects as he now contemplates a possible future in Lincoln.

Several schools have shown serious interest in Harris and the three star believes Auburn may be the next school to extend an offer.

Harris has tremendous size and potential, but he has not received the hype or notoriety that normally goes along with prospects with multiple offers from the power conferences.

Heading into the season, Harris has the chance to take a huge step forward and earn statewide respect for his play on the field.

Still waiting

Petal wide receiver Jesse Jackson admitted that he came very close to committing to Mississippi State a few weeks ago, but Jackson left Big Dawg camp as still available.

With fall camp now in full swing, Jackson would like to slow the process down a bit and focus on his senior season.

I understand Jackson wants to continue to enjoy the process a little more and take in a few games and unofficial visits around the south before making any decisions.

While he is expected to attend some games in Starkville, look for him to spend a weekend or two in Oxford with friend and former teammate Anthony Alford who transferred to Ole Miss earlier this year.

Jackson reports that he wants to do all of his travelling and visiting before making a verbal commitment to any school.

Back burner for Breeland

Breeland Speaks is an extremely talented football player that has several schools pursuing his signing day signature.

Speaks has a trio of current teammates, Dayall Harris, Roderick Taylor and Ronald Walker committed to Ole Miss.

Two former high school teammates, Justin Bell and Aaron Morris, are already contributing for the Rebels and are aiding in Ole Miss' recruitment of Speaks.

The Rebels appear to have the inside track with Speaks who has been open about the possibility of keeping the core group from Callaway together on the college level.

The three star denies a current favorite and reports that he will take his official visits before rendering a verdict about his college future.

With early graduation now off of the table, Speaks will have about five weeks longer to consider his options and take his allotted visits.

Dark horse in the recruiting race

Trey Brown of Choctaw County High School is one of the most athletic players in the state of Mississippi.

Brown is a bit of a tweener who may not have the length to play defensive end on the college level or the ideal frame for a defensive tackle, but he can really play.

The three star has top ten athleticism, but without a true home position wise, he does not project as a top ten talent just yet.

That said, Brown is explosive. He holds offers from all of the in state schools and his stock should only improve over the course of the season.

I feel like his quickness would be a real asset as a three technique in college even though he may not be as bulky as some of his peers.

Come January, Brown could be one of the most talked about prospects in the state.

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