A Look at Starkville

Starkville High collected a homecoming win over Columbus, 43-0. The Yellowjackets are now 5-0 and have largely unchallenged during the first half of the season. After seeing them in person, it is easy to see why. Starkville has several players who should play beyond the high school level, including a few who will are getting looks from SEC schools.

#7 QB Brady Davis SR 6-4, 195
Committed: Memphis

Offers: Alcorn State, Arkansas State, Eastern Michigan, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Mississippi Valley State, South Florida, Southern Mississippi and Troy

Scouting report: Davis is a pro style pocket passer who appears to be most comfortable standing tall in the pocket and distributing the ball to his playmakers. When things break down, he is athletic enough to make some plays with his feet, but he is not your prototypical dual threat quarterback. Davis shows good arm strength and pretty good spin on the football. He sees the field well and gets the ball out on time more times than not. He did not make a lot of throws outside the numbers that would have shown his arm strength, but he did show some nice timing on some balls down the field in the vertical passing game. There is a good chance that Davis will be on the roster for the Mississippi All-Star game. There are not many quarterback prospects in Mississippi this year and one could easily make a case that Davis is the top one.

#10 WR Raphael Leonard SR 6-3, 180
Offers: Unreported

Scouting report: It is always nice to get to know new players and Leonard showed tonight that he has the potential to play on the college level. Leonard caught passes on a variety of routes, but looked his best on a pair of inside posts for scores. Leonard has a great frame and his length makes for a great catch radius. He plays the ball extremely well and understands how to use his body to shield the defender from the ball, while he secures the catch. Blessed with great hands, Leonard simply snatches the ball out of the air.

#15 WR A.J. Brown JR 6-2, 210
Offers: Mississippi State and Ole Miss

Scouting report: Brown did not have a lot of opportunities to catch the ball, but he was open just about every play. He remains engaged and keeps his marker away from the ball when another player's number is called. Brown is a very physical wide out who wants to show the DBs who cover him that he is going to be in touch with them most of the night. Brown returns punts and had a nice return on one kick and shows a solid burst once he has the ball in his hands. Starkville did not dig too far into their back of tricks on Friday night, because they didn't have to. That said, Brown has the look and movement of a college football player despite a limited number of touches.

#52 DL Kobe Jones JR 6-4, 250
Offers: Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee and UAB

Scouting report: It is simply a matter of time before Jones collects an SEC offer. He is extremely athletic for a man his size. His dexterity is advanced for a player his age. Jones does not have the stiffness that often accompanies younger players with a longer frame. What stood out most was Jones level of effort. He played hard just about every snap and served some double duty on both sides of the ball. Jones is intriguing for a lot of reasons. I am not sure what Jones will run in the 40, but he moves around really well out there making plays by pursuing the ball even when the action rolls away from him. Most of his stops tonight were hustle plays where Jones would not give up on the play. The only question is where he fits best position wise. The early projection is defensive end even though Jones is lining up on the interior on the high school level.

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