Young, Talented and Headed to Combine

While they are only sophomores, they have the size, speed and quickness that college recruiters are looking for. Add potential D-I talent into the mix and you have 11 of Mississippi's best. And they are headed to the Combine at Mississippi State on May 1st.

Are these 11 sophomores the top sophomores in the state of Mississippi? Well, it's way too early to make that statement, but it's not too early to say they are definitely 11 of the best in a Mississippi sophomore class that appears to be loaded with talent. And all eleven have been invited to the combine at Mississippi State on May 11th. Who are these youngsters and what makes them so good?

Malcolm Belim - Malcolm is a 6-4, 200-pound quarterback from Calhoun City HS. After recording over 1,800 total yards last season, he was selected his region's Most Valuable Offensive Player. Has a very strong arm and quick feet.

Demarcus Fox - Fox, a 6-2, 190-pound WR from Calhoun City HS, was selected to the MAC Class 1A All-State Second-Team as a sophomore after catching 32 passes for 624 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Quentin Saulsberry - The 6-3, 275-pound Saulsberry plays DL/OL for Independence HS. A starter since his freshman season, Quentin recorded 40 tackles last season. He has good feet to go with his excellent size.

Jazzmen Guy - A great name for a player who has the chance to be really good, Jazzmen, who is 6-3, 247, comes highly recommended by his coach, Willie Brown. His quickness allowed him to record 10 sacks as a sophomore for Hazlehurst HS.

Jamal Wilder - Jamal's head coach, John Perry (Kosciusko HS), thinks he has tremendous potential. A natural corner with size (6-0, 165) and speed, Jamal intercepted 6 passes as a sophomore. Very confident young man.

Dandrick Weatherby - Playing for a run-oriented team (Kosciusko HS), this 6-2, 165-pound WR doesn't have the stats to show that he is one of the best in the state, but he does have the size and speed based on the games we've seen him play in. May have more raw talent than his teammate, Terry Levy, a junior who is committed to Ole Miss.

Makeno Lee - Remember this name. A 6-5, 280-pound defensive end who plays for Lafayette County HS, he showed tremendous talent the night I saw him play. And it was just his first start on the varsity. Had 6 sacks this past season. Already strong with a 300 pound bench and 455 squat.

Marquese Ray - Highly recommended by Wayne County HS head coach Marcus Broyles. Considering the talent he's had at Wayne County, that is enough for me. However, Ray (6-1, 175) backs up his coach's statement with 660 yards and 9 TDs on 32 catches as a sophomore.

Chris McDuffy - His head coach, Bill Fleming, says he has great feet. He also has the size, 6-3, 340. I've known about McDuffy since he was an 8th grader at Raymond.

Chaz Ramsey - Comes highly recommended by Jackson Academy head coach Joey Hawkins. For those of you who know Coach Hawkins, you know he doesn't shower high praise on a player unless that player has the talent to back it up. And he believes Ramsey has a chance to be a D-I type player. Chaz, who is 6-4, 250, showed good quickness and effort on tape.

Derek Sherrod - This is a player who could be very, very special by the time he's a senior. I've known about Sherrod, all 6-6, 297-pounds of him, since I saw him at his brother's signing day party at Caledonia HS. He showed very good quickness and aggressiveness on tape. Definitely a player to watch. As good in the classroom as he is on the field. BTW, his brother is MSU fullback Dezmond Sherrod.

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