The scout.com combine that was held in Mississippi had several low profile athletes who stood out, but none made a bigger impact on the field than Velma Jackson's Martez Smith.
Martez, who played defensive end last year but will be moved to linebacker this year, had 139 tackles and 12 sacks on the year. Smith was named 1st Team All-State (3A) for his play on the field
Smith was measured in at 6' 0", 203 and ran the fastest 40 time at the camp with a 4.51. Smith also had the camp's highest vertical jump at 42 inches.
Now, for those that are not familiar with the game of fudged numbers (40 times, height, weight, vertical..etc..) that has been created by the internet and recruiting frenzy, let us explain.
The average 40 time for all CB's at the NFL combine was 4.56 this past year. The average 40 time for offensive tackles was 5.48, so keep this in mind when you read about all of the sub 4.5's for the skilled players and sub 5.0's for the linemen you read about on the Internet More than likely, you can add anywhere from .02 to .04 tenths of a second to every prospect you read about, unless they have been timed accurately by a combine that is not going to "fudge" their numbers.
Martez has an early list that consist of Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU, MSU, Clemson, and USM.
Top Players On Offense
James was measured at 6' 1", 211, with 4.89 speed. He had a 31" vertical.
Last season, James threw for over 2,500 yards and rushed for another 1,500. Patterson combined for 37 touchdowns through the air and on the ground.
USM has a solid lead over Florida, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss.
Eason reminds me of another Jerome Bettis. He measured in at just over 6' 0" tall and weighed 242. Eason has a mixture of power and speed, as he turned in a a 40 time in the 4.6's and had a 30" vertical.
What impressed us the most about Cordera, besides his physical skills, was the fact that the kid just loves to compete. Heck, some hot shot prospects would just as soon skip the combines when they have already been offered by big time programs, but not Eason. Cordera was all smiles and simply wanted to compete against the best.
Auburn, Ole Miss, MSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Louisville are all under consideration. All have offered.
Anthony Dixon (RB, Terry, MS) -
Power is what Mr. Dixon brings to the table. Anthony weighed in at 6' 1",
228 at the combine and ran in the 4.6's both times. Dixon also had a very impressive
Dixon missed his sophomore campaign due to a broken collarbone but returned to the field last season. He rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and had 22 TD's on the field. Anthony was named 1st Team All-Metro for his play on the field.
Alabama, MSU, and Ole Miss are the early leaders. Both MSU and Ole Miss have offered.
MS) - Levy proved why he is considered one of the South's elite athletes at the
combine. Terry turned in a 33" vertical and ran a 4.62 forty. Levy reported
in at 6' 1 1/2", 195 at the combine.
Levy could actually succeed at the wide receiver or safety position on the next level. He caught over 100 passes for 25 Td's and has 10 interceptions and 109 tackles during the past two seasons.
Terry is currently committed to the University of Mississippi.
Homewood, AL) - Tim also showed why college recruiters are drooling over the prospect
of having Mr. Hawthorne on their signing day board come next February.
Hawthorne had a fluid look to him while he was running routes and just running in general. He is very well put together and showed great hands during the one on one drills.
Hawthorne was measured at 6' 2 1/2", 202 with 4.62 speed. His vertical was 32".
Hawthorne has an early list that consist of Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, and LSU. All have offered but Florida.
Woodall(WR, Oxford, MS) - When you look up the word athlete in
the dictionary, there should be a picture of Justin Woodall.
Woodall had 16 picks and close to a 30 yard per catch average and 800 receiving yards last season. He was named District 7(4A) Player of the Year for his accomplishments. It does not stop on the gridiron for Mr. Woodall, as Justin batted over .430 with a sub 2.00 ERA the past two seasons and has led his basketball team in points scored per game during this time frame.
The only question remains is which position and college will he end up at on the next level?
Next year, Lafayette County is moving Justin to quarterback so they can take advantage of his athleticism and strong arm (remember, the kid can thrown a 90 Mph fastball). Some experts believe safety is his best suited position, and others think wide receiver is where he can best utilize his skills. But, with Justin's body he could grow into a tight end.
Justin was measured at 6' 2", 202 with a 4.7 forty. He turned in a 32.5" vertical.
Justin has an early list that consist of Alabama, Ole Miss, Auburn, and MSU.
Wallace (WR, Amory, MS) - Sergio probably had the best hands at
the combine. He runs excellent routes and is going to be a very solid player on
the next level.
Wallace was measured at 5' 11", 190, with a 4.85 forty. His vertical for the day was 29".
Wallace had 26 catches for 559 yards for a 20.1 yard per catch average as a junior. He was named 1st Team All-State (3A) for his play on the field.
Sergio is receiving early interest from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Auburn, Nebraska, Vandy and Oklahoma.
Ole Miss and Auburn are the early leaders.
Townsend (WR, Forest, MS) - Michael was not exactly a burner on the field,
but he certainly could out jump anyone during the one on one drills. He uses his
body well to block off his defenders.
Michael was measured at 6' 0", 193, with a 4.82 forty. His vertical was 30.5."
Michael was a 1st Team All-State (3A) selection last season. He caught 50 passes for 813 yards and 12 Td's Townsend had a 16.3 yards per catch average.
Terrance came in at 6' 2", 193, with a 4.82 forty. He had an outstanding vertical of 33".
Last season, Gary hauled in 35 passes for 571 yards and 8 TD's. Gary had a 16.3 yards per catch average.
Terrance was named 1st Team All-State (2A) for his play on the field.
Drum (OL, Hoover, AL) - The Spain Park standout measured in at just under
6' 7", 263 and turned in the fastest forty time for all offensive lineman
at 5.35. Drum had a 29" vertical.
Drum received his first scholarship offer from Georgia Tech in February.
Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Florida, and Nebraska are also showing a lot of interest.
Taylor (OL, Wayne County, MS) - "Big Country" turned in one the
fastest forty time for all of the offensive line at the combine.
Taylor measured in at 6' 5", 286 and ran a 5.6 forty. He also had a 24" vertical.
Taylor has been a part of a program that has won two state championships and a south state finals appearance during his starting days for Wayne County.
Caldonia, MS) - The little brother of Dezmond Sherrod,
who plays for MSU, looked very solid in the blocking drills. All of the linemen
would pick one player to try and keep them from the dummy. Derek did a nice job
of keeping his defenders away from the "ball".
Derek turned in the second fastest 40 time for all of the offensive linemen with a 5.39 and measured in at 6' 5 1/2", 298. Sherrod had a 24" vertical.