Post Season All-Mississippi

What an outstanding year we had this past season in the state of Mississippi. <br> <br> The magnolia state annually produces some of the top recruits in the country. While this year's class is not as deep, or in good academic standing as the past years, it still boasts some outstanding talent.<br> <br> Included on this team are the 12 players who we feel like had the biggest impacts in the state of Mississippi this year.






Player of the Year



Derek Pegues

*Derek Pegues (CB, Batesville, MS) - Derek is listed as 5' 10", 192 with 4.4 speed and is scout.com's 15th ranked (4 Star) CB.

Accounted for over 2, 700 yards of offense and 44 TD's as a junior, while leading South Panola to an undefeated season and the 5A State Championship. This was good enough to earn 1st Team All-State (Clarion Ledger) and (Coaches), Region MVP, and 1st Team All-South by the Orlando Sentinel for the 2003 campaign. Pegues was one of five juniors that was named to the 2003 All-South (1st) Team by the Orlando Sentinel.

Named Mississippi's Gatorade's Player of the Year after he accounted for over 2,300 yards of total offense and 32 TD's while helping South Panola to a # 8 national ranking by USA Today and a second straight State Championship.

"My speed and my knowledge of the game are my strengths. When I get in front of somebody, I do not feel like anyone can catch me."

Pegues has scheduled official visits with Tennessee (12/10), LSU (1/14), and Ole Miss (1/28).





1st Team All-Mississippi




Jessie Bowman

Jessie Bowman (DL, Brookhaven, MS) - Jessie is listed as 6' 1", 305 and is rated as a 2 Star prospect by scout.com.

As a junior, Bowman had 100 tackles, 7 sacks, and a defensive touchdown. Jessie was named All-District 6 (4A), All-State (MAC), and he made (Clarion Ledger) Dandy Dozen.

This season, he helped Brookhaven to the Class 4A State Championship. Bowman had over 102 tackles and 12 sacks for the year. Was named to the 2004 1st Team All-State squad by the Clarion Ledger.

When speaking of his improvements this season, Jessie stated, "I use my hands a lot more. I can tell, because I am not having jam problems. I always fought that. I see in film that I still need to work on staying low, so I am working on that."







Louis Ellis

Louis Ellis (DL, Jackson, MS) - Louis is listed as 6' 2", 285 with 5.2 speed and is scout.com's #23 ranked (4 Star) DT.

As a junior, Ellis had 80 tackles and 15 sacks. This was good enough to earn District Player of the Year, 2nd Team All-State (Clarion Ledger), and All-Metro (Clarion Ledger).

For the 2004 campaign, Louis had 84 tackles, 13 for losses, and 9 sacks.

"I just listen to what my coaches tell me, and try to do as they say, so I can be successful on the field. If I do as my coaches say, I think I will become a better football player."

Committed to MSU (1/14).





Jimmy Johns

*Jimmy Johns (Ath/QB, Brookhaven, MS) - Jimmy is listed as 6' 2", 225 with 4.7 speed. Johns is scout.com's # 34 ranked QB prospect.

He had over 2, 200 yards of offense and 30 TD's as a junior. For his play on the field, he
was named Brookhaven's Offensive Player of the Year while also garnering All-District, All-Region, and Dandy Dozen (Clarion Ledger) recognition.

Named Mississippi's 2004 Mr. Football by the Clarion Ledger while being the catalyst for Brookhaven's 2004 state championship run. Johns accumulated more than 3,500 yards of total offense and 44 TD's.

"I am a competitor. I never stop, and I have a good supporting cast. If you have good players around you, it makes you a lot better"

Has scheduled officials with Alabama (1/7), MSU (1/14), and Ole Miss (1/28).






Anthony Johnson

*Anthony Johnson (CB, Jackson, MS) - Anthony is listed as 5' 10", 195, with 4.4 speed and is scout.com's 21st rated (3 Star) cornerback

Johnson is three year starter at WR and a two year starter at CB for Jackson Provine

As a junior, Anthony caught 24 passes for 639 yards and 11 TD’s. While roaming the island, he picked off 7 passes and brought back one for an 87 yard TD. For his performances on the field, Anthony was named 1st Team All-Metro (Clarion Ledger) and 2nd Team All-State by the MAC (Coaches Association).

This season, Anthony was named the Metro Player of the Year by the Clarion Ledger after catching 28 passes for 587 receiving yards and 17 TD's. On defense, Johnson had 7interceptions.

"My quickness, my speed, and my jumping ability separates me from everyone else."

Anthony has scheduled official visits with Alabama (1/7), MSU (1/14) and Ole Miss (1/21).


 

Josh McNeil

*Josh McNeil (OL, Collins, MS) - Josh is listed as 6' 4", 275 with 5.2 speed and is scout.com's 13th ranked (4 Star) offensive lineman.

A starter since the 9th grade, McNeil earned 2nd Team All-State (2003) after recording 116 pancake blocks.

Named to the 2004 Clarion Ledger 1st Team All-State squad after grading out over 90% in each game.

"I am an old school OL,” proclaimed McNeil. “I’m gonna go after you from the first play to the last play and every play in-between. If I have a weakness it’s pass protection technique because we only pass around 10 times per game.”


Josh has scheduled official visits with Florida (10/1), LSU (11/13), USC (11/27), and Tennessee (12/10).





Reid Neely

*Reid Neely (OL, Jackson, MS) - Reid is listed as 6' 6", 292 with 5.1 speed and is rated as a 3 Star offensive lineman by scout.com.

Neely helped pave the way for the Raider's championship run the past two seasons, as JA won back to back State Titles.

Reid was selected to the Clarion Ledger's 2003 and 2004 1st Team All-Metro squad and participated in the 2004 MS All-Star game.

"My size, especially in my division, is a big plus. I feel like I am a pretty smart player, and they tell me that I am pretty quick off the line of scrimmage. I just love to play the game of football."

Committed to Ole Miss (1/28).






Jerrell Powe

Jerrell Powe (DL, Waynesboro, MS) - Powe is listed as 6' 3", 323, with 5.2 speed and is scout.com's # 1 rated defensive lineman (5 Star) in the country.

Powe had 71 tackles and 14 sacks while helping Wayne County to the State Championship as a junior. Jerrell was a 1st Team All-South selection by the Orlando Sentinel.

Powe was named 1st Team All-State and the Top Defensive Lineman in the State of Mississippi after recording 83 tackles, 28 QB hurrie and 4 sacks.

"Just my will to take over the game. Physically, I would say my power and quickness are my biggest strengths."

Powe has scheduled official visits with Texas A&M (12/10), Auburn (12/17), and Ole Miss (1/21).




Co' Eric Riley

Co' Eric Riley (WR, George County, MS) - The 6' 2", 200 pound Dandy Dozen selection had 50 receptions for 1, 050 yards and 17 TD's this season.

Co' Eric was named Mississippi's Class 4A MVP for the 2003 season after passing for 1, 237 yards and totaling 22 TD's.

Riley is a versatile prospect who has started at the QB, CB, and WR positions for George County but projects as a receiver on the next level.

Co' Eric had 50 receptions for 1, 017 yards and 16 TD's. This was good enough to earn 1st Team All-State status (Clarion Ledger).

"My speed and my ability to make you miss are my biggest strengths."

Co' Eric has scheduled an official visit with Ole Miss (1/14).




Travis Sanford


*Travis Sanford
(WR/S, Batesville, MS) - Travis is listed as 6' 3", 195 with 4.5 speed and is scout.com's # 27 rated athlete (4 Star) in the country.

South Panola won the Class 5A Championship and a national Top 10 ranking in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Travis' junior campaign, he finished the year with 11 TD's and close to 500 receiving yards.

Travis had 8 TD's on offense and and 7 interceptions and 47 tackles on defense. Sanford was named to the Clarion Ledger's 1st Team All-State squad for his play on the field.

"Really, I say my size and quickness off of the ball are my biggest strengths. I am a playmaker."

Travis has scheduled an official visit with Ole Miss (1/28).








Archie Sims

*Archie Sims (LB, Laurel, MS) - Archie is listed as 5' 11", 200, with 4.5 speed and is rated as a 3 Star prospect by scout.com.

Archie is a four year starter for West Jones. For the 2003 season, Sims collected 120 tackles while earning 1st Team All-State (MAC), 1st Team All-Region, and 1st Team All-Division recognition

This year, Sims had 12 TD's at full back and collected 112 tackles on defense.

Named 1st Team All-State (2004) by the Clarion Ledger.

""When I play, I do not try and get the big head. I just try to make the tackle. I am a sideline to sideline player. I am real quick. I am coached real good too."

Arhie has scheduled official visits with Mississippi State (1/21), Ole Miss (1/28), Memphis, Auburn (1/14), and West Virginia."






Calvin Wilson

*Calvin Wilson (OL, Hattiesburg, MS) - Calvin is listed as 6' 6", 338, with 5.4 speed and is scout.com's 49 rated offensive lineman (3 Star) in the country.

Calvin is a four year starter for Hattiesburg High. As a junior, he went both ways, as he started at defensive tackle and offensive tackle.

For his play on the field, Calvin was named Defensive Lineman of the Year for Hattiesburg, and he was also a 1st Team All-Area selection by the Hattiesburg American.

For the 2004 campaign, Wilson helped Hattiesburg turn their team around while mainly handling the offense tackle slot.

Calvin has scheduled officials with LSU (12/3), Auburn (12/10), MSU (1/14), and Ole Miss (1/21)





Special Note

An * before the name indicates the prospect is on track to becoming a full qualifier.


OM Spirit Top Stories