What is Junior Day?
It is a day set up for the invited juniors who participate in high school football to visit the Ole Miss campus and staff.
When did Junior Day evolve?
Ole Miss was the first university in Mississippi to host a Junior Day. They started the event in February of 2001.
Do the coaches invite the Juniors to participate?
the coaches at Ole Miss compile a list of all of the prospects that they are interested
in for next year's class and personally invite them to campus.
transpired during Jr Day?
The prospects, parents and coaches arrived around 1:00 pm.
It looked like there were around 90 prospects on hand and around 250 total people in the crowd, which also included the prospect's parents and coaches.
Each prospect toured the new indoor practice facility and football stadium. They were then assigned to their position coach. While the prospects were in a meeting with their position coach, a designated coach showed the prospect's parents and coaches around campus.
The prospects and parents proceeded the film session with a tour of the academic facilities and listened to the academic councilors on what to expect if their sons attended the University of Mississippi in 2006
All of the prospects, families, and coaches left around 4:00 PM today.
No offers or commitments were made today so everybody would feel equal. Everyone was treated the same which was a very important goal of theirs.
Which prospects were in attendance today?
Through our calls during the past couple of weeks and since 4:00pm, we have confirmed that these 2006 D1 prospects were in attendance today:
|Alex Carpenter||Biggersville (/0||RB|
|Brandon Jackson||Briarcrest TN)||LB|
|Derrick Odom||Jackson Callaway||LB|
|Anslan Palmer||Jackson Callaway||DB|
|Chris Mosby||Christian Brothers||LB|
|Benji Maher||Jackson Aca||FB|
|Wallace McLaurin||Jackson Prep||TE|
|Terry Levy (commit)||Kosciusko||WR|
Hicks ||Madison Central||RB|
|C.J. Bailey||Moss Point||QB/Ath|
|Pieri Feazeil||Mount Olive||QB/Ath|
|Michael McCoy||NW Rankin||WR|
|Richard Dickson||Ocean Springs||TE/DE|
|Trey Hardaway||Olive Branch||DB|
|Jeremy Longstreet||Olive Branch||DB|
|Anthony Summers||Olive Branch||QB|
|Markeith Summers||Olive Branch||WR|
|Victor Thomas||Olive Branch||DE|
|Allen Walker||Olive Branch||WR/DB|
|Kendrick Lewis||O. Perry Walker (LA)||WR|
|Brandon Napier||South Jones||OC|
|Dustin Wallace||South Jones||OL|
|Josh Davis||Tylertown (TX)||OL|
|Curtis Echols||Whitestation (TN)||WR|
Jr Day Tidbits
All three of Ole Miss' early commitments were in attendance. They are wide receiver prospects Terry Levy (MS) and Kendrick Lewis (LA) and linebacker prospect Brandon Jackson (TN).
What stood out to us about Kendrick Lewis was his size. Kendrick, who is listed as 5' 11", looks to be all of 6' 1" and has very broad shoulders. Terry Levy is every bit of 6' 3" and Brandon had a very nice frame.
Based on our early research of next year's senior class, many of Mississippi's top prospects were in hand.
Olive Branch brought in all three of their prospects that have been offered by Ole Miss. Each prospect will be a major priority for Ole Miss next year
Some say Ocean Springs' standout, Richard Dickson (TE/DE), could be the top prospect in Mississippi this year. Richard was also in town for Ole Miss Jr Day.
South Jones (MS) brought in their top two prospects in Brandon Napier (OL) and Dustin Wallace OL). If you recall, Brandon's brother plays for West Virginia.
One of the quickest wide receiver prospects in Tennessee showed up today with his parents, Curtis Echols, out of Whitestation (Memphis).
Keep an eye on Moss Point and their star QB, C.J. Bailey next season. Bailey is one of the more athletic players in the state and was in attendance for Jr Day. In fact, CJ attended three Ole Miss football games last fall, so it looks like Bailey is keeping a very close eye on the Rebels.
Speaking of the coast, one of their brightest prospects was also in town, Andy Nations. Andy is the anchor for Pascagoula offensive line.
Mississippi's top 2006 linebacker prospect, Milton Talbert, brought both his parents from Hattiesburg with him. Last summer, we were very impressed with Milton's athleticism at the Ole Miss senior camp. Milton preps at Hattiesburg High
Jackson Academy produced two of Mississippi's top linemen the past two seasons in David Traxler and Reid Neely. And it looks like they have another player who will get plenty of D1 looks this year. His name is Benji Maher (FB). Wallace McLaurin (TE) out of Jackson Prep will certainly get a lot of looks too.. Both brought a lot of game to Ole Miss' camp last summer and both were in attendance for Jr Day.
A key out of state prospect for Ole Miss is linebacker prospect Chris Mosby out of Christian Brothers. Chris is a former teammate of Cory Mills. Chris brought his family with him, and he will be one to definitely follow next year.
All in all, since Ole Miss has been hosting Jr Day this was their biggest and had the most Division 1 prospects than the previous years.