You want speedy wide receivers? What about Morton High School's Shay Hodge, a 6-3, 175-pound athlete with a 40-yard dash of 4.57? And don't let that speed fool you because that is tested like the NFL does it. Shay, who is also being recruited for basketball, has already received three offers from Ole Miss, Georgia Tech and MSU. Add in super fast Mike McCoy from Northwest Rankin High School. McCoy, who is 6-2.5 and weighs 200 pounds, ran a 10.8 100 meters in track this spring. And lest we forget, Olive Branch High School has two wide receivers that are two of the best in the south, Markeith Summers and Allen Walker. Both have numerous scholarship offers. A wide receiver I personally like is Greenville-Weston High School's Cordario Calvin. The night I taped his game against Grenada High School, Calvin made a phenomenal one-handed catch and scored a couple of touchdowns. He is also an excellent basketball player.
Running backs and fullbacks? Don't worry, they will be well represented with the likes of very talented Ro'Derrick Brown of the Mississippi School for the Deaf, the speedy Terry Grant from Lumberton High School, the bruising Anthony Dixon from Terry High School and the dynamic duo of Cordera Eason and Derrick Davis from Meridian High School. Add in another bruiser Ben Stallings of Bayou Academy and you have a smorgasbord of talent to choose from. And almost all of the running backs have scholarship offers.
The all important quarterback position will also be represented, although, compared to most years, the talent level will be a little down. Don't tell that to Noxubee County High School quarterback James Patterson, a player gifted with a great arm. Add in little-known Joe Greenlee from Jackson Academy and you have another great arm. Olive Branch High School's Anthony Summers, although he doesn't have the arm of the first two, is a guy that has the offers to prove that he is also one of the best in the state. However, a sophomore may turn out to be the QB to watch. Malcolm Belim, who plays for Calhoun City High School, is already turning heads with his arm and overall athletic ability.
While the number of tight ends in the state may be a little down, the ones available have great talent. Ocean Springs High School's Richard Dickson appears to be the best in the state, at least based on the number of offers he has on the table. Matthew Mauldin (Seminary High School) and Wallace McLaurin (Jackson Prep) are two more to watch.
The offensive line talent is a question mark going into the upcoming season, but there are several that could turn out to be outstanding players. Big Josh Davis from Tylertown has committed to Ole Miss, but is receiving looks from others. Phillip Freeman and Tyler Graves are both listed at 6-6 and over 280 pounds. Add in Jimmy Rogers, a 6-5, 300-pounder from Cleveland East Side and you have some guys with the size to play on the D-I level. Three sophomores to watch are Derek Sherrod (Caledonia High School), Chaz Ramsey (Jackson Academy) and Quentin Saulsberry (Independence High School). All have excellent size and very good quickness for their size.
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