Booth certainly has division one talent. He fights for every single inch. He led the Tigers in rushing as a sophomore and then split carries as a junior. He is the weapon of choice once again for Coach Larry Merchant as the Tigers enter 2006.
Jonathon runs hard between the tackles and is powerful enough for the short yardage situations. He picks up a lot of yards after the first hit, which makes him that much more valuable.
2. Luther Edwards - Yazoo County
Luther is one of the best backs in the state. His 2,191 yards in 2005 earned him All-State honors by the Mississippi Association of Coaches. An eye-popping 9.6 yards per carry average is further proof that Edwards is a true game breaker.
Luther may not be a speed merchant, but there is fast and then there is fast enough. Edwards is fast enough to hurt you in space and powerful enough to hurt you between the tackles.
3. Bobby Moore - Hazlehurst
Moore piled up 1,246 yards in 2005 while splitting carries for 3A state champion Hazlehurst. Bobby is not flashy, but has a blue collar appeal to him. He runs hard after contact and is not scared to run over you.
Bobby is tough, rugged and durable. We like his hard-nosed style of play and his willingness to take on tacklers. At 4.50 in the 40, Moore can do a lot more than just run between the tackles.
4. Octavious Logan - East Oktibbeha
Octavious "Ta" Logan, pound-for-pound, may be the strongest player in the state if not the region. At the Scout.com All-American combine in Oxford, MS Logan tipped the scales at 153 pounds. Don't let the size fool you. Logan can bench press well over 300 pounds and has the physique to prove it.
Logan turned in a 4.37 40 yard dash at our combine in Oxford, which is tops among all players regardless of position. Only six Scout.com combine participants in the country turned in a faster time.
5. Nathan Jew - Jackson Academy
Nathan rushed for 1,198 yards in 2005 which earned him first team All-conference honors from the Mississippi Private Schools Association. Jew found the end zone twenty-four times a year ago and is one of the top returning players in the Mississippi private schools ranks.
Jew turned in a 4.54 40 at the Scout.com All-American combine in Oxford which was fifth best among the running back grouping. The one thing that stands out about Nathan is that when he finds an opening he gashes you pretty good.
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Steve Robertson and Yancy Porter contributed to this report.