The Blue Devils of Simmons High went undefeated on the 2015 season, only allowing one opponent to score in double digits all year. A 25-9 over Resurrection capped the memorable season and brought a golden football home for Coach Tavares Johnson and his staff.
Johnson is quick to credit the entire team, but the veteran coach thinks an awful lot of All-State, All-Star and do it all standout Treveon Nelson.
"Nero is just a great football player," Johnson said. "We can do a little bit of everything. We lined him up some at defensive back, wide receiver, running back and we even had a little wildcat package for him at quarterback.
"We tried to use him in a lot of ways and to get him the ball as much as we could. He was always willing to do whatever we needed him to do."
Nelson worked out with the Mississippi State coaching staff in camp on both sides of the ball. The 1A superstar was recruited as an athlete, but is expected to cut his college teeth as a defensive back.
"He can play corner," Johnson says. "He has great size and great speed. He should have no problem with any of the things they need him to do. I believe he can be a great college player on offense too. I am not sure I wouldn't play him both ways. He could help out on either side of the ball on third downs.
"He's real versatile and so athletic. With his size and natural ability, I believe he can be a contributor no matter where they put him."
Johnson reports that Nelson is not one to mince words or spend a lot of time talking about what he plans to do. The state champion coach is quick to label Nelson a man of action.
"He is one that is going to lead by example," Johnson said. "He doesn't have a lot to say. A lot of the time, you can't get two words out of him, but he understands what you want him to do. He is the kind of player that is going to let his play speak for him. He is not a real 'rah rah' guy like me. He just takes care of his business.
"We have enjoyed having him here. He's done some great things for us and for this program. I am excited for him and for his future"