Canton Combine Notebook

101 college football hopefuls met on the campus of Canton Academy on May 17th in hopes of increasing their stock as college prospects. Mississippi State commitment Tommy Champion was perhaps the biggest name on display on that day, but a handful of underclassmen took a step towards major visibility before the day was done.

Tommy Champion was arguably the top offensive lineman in attendance and we won't see much argument.

Champion measured in at 6-5, 277 and had a position best 7-10 in the standing broad jump.

The three star standout shined in positional drills winning most of his one-on-one match-ups.

By his own admission, a relative unknown, gave Champion some real competition during the pass protection drills.

Senior to be Marquise Griffin of Leake Central High School made a name for himself and was perhaps the toughest draw for OLs on the day.

Griffin is one half of a talented set of football playing twins from Carthage, Mississippi.

Marquise tipped the scales at 6-3, 330 and showed the raw strength and athleticism that college scouts are looking for.

Griffin may have to take the junior college route first, but he has major college potential and should be a name to remember for the class of 2017.

Pisgah junior standout T.J. McGinnis excelled in testing drills running 4.55 in the 40 and broad jumping and outstanding ten feet.

McGinnis is already 6-3, 187 with room to grow.

This could very easily be another small town success story unfolding before our eyes.

Velma Jackson had a pair of junior turn in some quality numbers on the day as well.

Slot receiver prospect Demetrius Bell recorded a combine best 4.42 in the 40 and then had a nice showing in the one-on-one drills.

Velma Jackson quarterback Rashun Jackson ran 4.57 at 6-4.5, 168.

Jackson is still filling out and developing his dexterity.

While he throws passes in high school, he will likely catch them in college.

Jackson has great length, which aids in his catch radius.

He is a raw prospect with a lot of long term potential.

The top cover guy on the day was Clinton High DB LaMarques Thomas. Thomas picked up an offer from Ole Miss the day before the event, so he was a name of interest the moment he walked through the door.

Thomas really competes for the ball and uses his size to over power his man in the air.

His foot speed is not blazing, but he could easily play safety on the college level if corner did not prove to be in the cards.

Fellow Clinton Arrow Cam Akers attended the event, but sat out testing as he nursed an injury.

Akers is committed to work out at the Brookhaven Combine on June 4th at Brookhaven High School.

Former Jackson Academy standout Rob Hall was an impressive player on the day surprising several OLs with his quick first step.

Hall is headed to Madison Central for his senior season, which will certainly aid in the Jaguars' pass rush.

2016 OL Tyler Harris of MRA was one of the more visible players there before a turned ankle ended his day.

Harris measured in at 6-6.5 and 308 pounds. Harris is just really beginning to come of age and he has some real potential other than his obvious size.

The weight room needs to be his best friend over the course of the next two years as he adds the strength needed to take the next step towards major college football.

Morton freshman linebacker Freddie Hartz Jr. really caught my eye. Already 6-0, 215, Hartz is easy to spot in drills.

While his testing numbers were not eye popping his work in drills was solid. He is certainly a name to remember.

Finally, Canton Academy wide receiver Cedric Clanton was everywhere. Clanton was laying out making catches and showing superior effort throughout the days events.

Clanton is a true competitor and he has the chance to help a team on the next level as a slot receiver.


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