Meridian trio headed to Oxford on unofficial visit

Meridian will most likely enter the 2005 campaign as the preseason favorites to win the Class 5A Championship.

A big part of the turnaround can be attributed to Coach Ed Stanley who was South Panola's former head coach.

Coach Stanley, who implemented South Panola's famed weight program, has done the same at Meridian. But as the old saying goes, coaching is 80% players and 20% coaching.

And with this is mind, it is no wonder Meridian is a preseason favorite when they have three of the state's best in Cordera Eason (RB), Derrick Davis (RB) and Roshaad Byrd.

Cordera and Derrick combined for over 3,000 rushing yards last season and that was with Cordera out for 5 games.

Byrd was the anchor of Meridian's defense and was named Defensive MVP. All three will have plentiful scholarship offers to choose from before it is all said and done, and all three will be watched very closely in the recruiting circles for the next 12 months.

We spoke to Cordera Eason this afternoon as he was headed out of the "Big House" to see Meridian's basketball team win their semifinal matchup. He informed us that he was driving to Ole Miss with Roshaad and Davis to take an unofficial visit to Ole Miss for the weekend.

Here are some excepts from each interview:

Cordera Eason
(RB, 6' 0", 235)

"We are going to Ole Miss right now. We are about an hour away. Me, Raashad, and Derrick are going up there this weekend. I like Ole Miss' new staff. They need a running back, and I am interested in going up there and help them turn it around."

Commenting on other schools he is interested in, "I pretty much like Ole Miss, Texas, Oklahoma, Miami, Auburn. Basically the same ones."

Commenting on scholarship offers, "Ole Miss, Auburn, MSU, Louisville have offered me."

Roshaad Byrd (LB, 6' 4", 210)

"I like Ole Miss' educational programs. They have a good reputation. They are just a good school. I grew up going to their games."

Commenting on other schools he is interested in, "Auburn, Alabama, USM, and Texas A&M."

Commenting on scholarship offers, "MSU."

Derrick Davis (RB, 5' 11", 215)

"I like Ole Miss' coaching staff. They are going to give me a chance to get a fresh start and start on the same level as the players they have on their team. If I do my job, I will play next year."

Commenting on other schools he is interested in, "Texas A&M has really started recruiting me hard and Tennessee. I like them a lot too."

Commenting on scholarship offers, "MSU, Auburn, and Ole Miss.."

Special Note

We will release the entire interview with each prospect throughout the weekend.

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