Team Mississippi Notebook Day 2

Team Mississippi found milder weather on Wednesday as a sunny, but seasonally cool day awaited them on the field of Huntingdon College. While the depth chart is still being fleshed out, the team appears to be settling in to a bit of a routine. Several players appear to be making a move to establish themselves as stars within the group of All-Stars

The injury bug bit the team again on Wednesday taking Mississippi State commitment Jamoral Graham out of this weekend's contest.

Graham is the second receiver to be nixed from the original roster.

Mississippi State commitment Jesse Jackson was replaced on the roster by Greenwood wide out Korey Robertson who is committed to Southern Miss.

Graham is slated to be relieved by Gulfport star Jevon Floyd who had over 1,000 receiving yards this fall to go along with a dozen touchdowns.

Grenada big man John Cook arrived in Montgomery late last night as the replacement for Picayune left tackle D'Marcus Haralson who was lost to injury after day one.

Alpha Dog

It appears that Mississippi State commitment Aeris Williams is beginning to exert himself as the top running back on the All-Star squad.

Williams' physical style of running should serve him well if the run blocking holds up, which is always the issue in All-Star events.

West Point backfield mate Roger Thomas has looked solid in practices as has Picayune's Preston Dedeaux.

Mississippi State commitment Dontavian Lee has been in good in space and appears to be strongest getting the edge rather than running in traffic.

Who's out wide?

Ole Miss commitment Markell Pack quietly goes about his business, but is the consensus go to guy in the passing game.

Pack looks as good as advertised and should attract Alabama's best cover guys come Saturday.

Fellow Ole Miss pledge, Sammie Epps, looks good in the uniform and has great length.

His speed is a bit of a question mark on the vertical routes, but he shows very good hands and a willingness to fight for the football.

Korey Robertson of Greenwood had a good afternoon session and continues to be a steady performer.

The state of Mississippi is pretty thin at the receiver position for the 2014 signing class, so options are few for the All-Star coaching staff.

The job has been made more difficult with injuries to Graham and Jackson, two of the state's top pass catching prospects.

Stepping forward

Jacksonville State commitment Wyatt Roberts of Louisville has looked sharp in the early going.

While he and Thad Miller have split most of the reps, Roberts appears to have a leg up so far.

Stringer's Tevin Moore made the squad as an athlete, but I would not rule him out as a change of pace option behind center come Saturday.

Southern Miss commitment Picasso Nelson of Oak Grove has been a bright spot in a talented secondary.

Nelson gets it and shined in the afternoon session in coverage.

Harrison Central star Tito Windham was perhaps the best in man to man coverage Wednesday afternoon.

Windham continues to demonstrate solid technique and positioning once the ball is in the air.

Recruiting news and notes

Wayne County head coach Todd Mangum is on the All-Star staff as defensive coordinator.

According to Mangum, 2016 defensive lineman Benito Jones has already scored offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.

Clarksdale three star J.T. Gray tabbed Mississippi State as his leader, but has yet to set an official visit up with Coach Dan Mullen and his staff.

Gray does have official visits set with Arizona State and Cincinnati with rumors of a trip to Iowa State in the wind.

The Cyclones recently flipped Co-Lin linebacker Jordan Harris from Southern Miss.

Harris, a Clarksdale native, is working behind the scenes to get Gray to join him at Iowa State.

Grant Harris is one of the top available prospects on the All-Star roster.

There is a lot of talk about Harris and Mississippi State down here, but the three star himself remains pretty mum about his college plans.

The Clinton, Mississippi product is supposed to visit both Miami and Mississippi State next month, but things appear to be very fluid with him.

Finally, much of the recruiting conversation centers around Meridian four star C.J. Hampton.

Will Hampton stick with his long time commitment to Ole Miss or make the switch to Alabama?

There are strong opinions on both sides and it appears there is reason for optimism for both Alabama and Ole Miss fans.

According to some close to Hampton, he still has some thinking to do and has not reached a final decision.

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