Top defensive prospects at combine

Most of Mississippi's top defensive prospects were in Starkville for the combine on Saturday.Today, we are going to go over the top defensive players that attended the camp.

Top Players On Defense


Anthony Gray
Anthony Gray (DT, Philadelphia, MS) - Anthony demonstrated why some believe he is the top defensive tackle in the state of Mississippi. Like Cordera Eason, Anthony did not have much to prove, but he came anyway, despite playing on a high ankle sprain.

Gray checked in at 6' 0", 302 and ran a 5.47 forty. His vertical measured at 28.5" which was the best out of all of the defensive tackles.

As a junior, Anthony had 86 tackles, 7 sacks, and 4 fumble recoveries. Gray was named 1st Team All-State (2A) for his play on the field.

Anthony has an early list that consist of LSU, Auburn, Jackson State, MSU, USM, and Ole Miss.

Aaron Williams
Aaron Williams (DT, Ridgeland, MS) - Aaron was named MVP for the Defensive Linemen at the Army All-American combine, and he did not disappoint anyone at the combine.

Williams measured in at 6' 0", 316 and ran a camp best (for DL) 5.31 forty. Aaron also turned in a solid 25.5" vertical jump.

Aaron is the strongest football player in the state of Mississippi, as he won the power lifting contest in the state of Mississippi (squatted 675 pounds, benched over 400) and came in second as a junior.

Aaron has an early list that consist of Miami, LSU, FSU, Ole Miss, MSU, and USM.

Terrance Conner
Terrance Conner (DE, Clarksdale, MS) - Terrance was one of the "unknown" commodities who will surely receive a lot of recruiting interest after his performance at the combine.

Conner was explosive and very athletic. Terrance came in at 6' 2 1/2", 201, and turned in a 33.5" vertical.

As a junior, Terrance had 78 tackles and 15 sacks. He was named All-State (2A) for his play on the field.

Conner has an early list that consist of Auburn, Alabama, MSU, USM, and Ole Miss.

Dustin Wallace (DE, South Jones, MS) - Dustin has dropped nearly 30 pounds in the offseason with his new conditioning program. Wallace came in at 6' 3 1/2" and ran the best time out of all of the defensive ends, 4.8.


Martez Smith
Martez Smith (LB, Velma Jackson, MS) - Martez was the Combine's MVP.

Last season, Smith had 139 tackles and 12 sacks for the year. Martez 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 out of all of the campers (4.51) and also had the camp's highest vertical jump at 42.5 inches.

Martez has an early list that consist of Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU, MSU, Clemson, and USM.

Corderick Govan
Corderick Govan (LB, Charleston, MS) - Many gurus had Corderick as the preseason top linebacker prospect in the Magnolia state.

Govan came in at 6' 1/12", 184 and ran a 4.81 forty with a 28" vertical.

As a junior, Corderick had 107 tackles and 5 sacks. Govan was named 1st Team All-State (3A) for his play on the field.

Ole Miss and MSU lead Auburn, Notre Dame, and Tennessee. All have offered.

Jamon Hughes
Jamon Hughes (LB, Humphreys County, MS) - Another player who came in with little recognition but left with a lot is Belzoni standout, Jamon Hughes.

Hughes came in at 6' 0", 224, and ran a 4.9 forty. The speed was a little off for a linebacker but it was his first step that turned heads. Jamon has an explosive first 10 yards and is built like a rock. A move to defensive end could be in the makings for the next level.

Last season, Jamon led Class 3A in tackles with 196. Hughes was named the Region 4(3A) Player of the Year for his play on the field.

Alex Carpenter
Alex Carpenter (LB/RB, Biggersville, MS) - Alex rushed for over 4,000 yards in the past two seasons at Biggersville. He has been named Region 1(1A) for three straight years.

Some believe Alex would make an even better linebacker on the next level.

Carpenter reported in at 6' 0", 178 and ran a 4.6 forty which was second best for all of the linebackers. Another area that Alex excelled in was his vertical, as he had the camps 2nd best overall jump of 37".

MSU leads Ole Miss, Auburn, and Tennessee.

Roshaad Byrd
Roshaad Byrd (LB, Meridian, MS) - Roshaad had 80 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 15 pass breakups for the 11-2 Wildcats as a junior.

Byrd reported in at 6' 1", 187 with 4.89 speed. He was measured at 28" on his vertical.

Roshaad has an early list that consist of Auburn, Alabama, USM, and Texas A&M. MSU has offered.


C. J. Byrd

C.J. Bailey (CB, Moss Point, MSU - Many believe Mississippi's top cornerback prospect is CJ Bailey. We would not argue.

Bailey attended the Army All-American combine and is a very polished player. He looks to have the confidence that is needed to play the island. During the one on one drills, Bailey did a lot of jawing, but backed it up, as his competitors rarely caught a ball while going against him.

Bailey ran the fourth best 40 time at the camp with a 4.58.

CJ has played QB during his career at Moss Point and passed for over 2,600 yards and 32 TD's during the past two seasons.

C.J.'s early list consist of Ole Miss, USM, LSU, and Auburn.

Jamie Hill
Jamie Hill (S, Meridian, MS) - Jamie was easily the most physical defensive back at the camp. Hill simply would not let his defender get off of the line of scrimmage. Although Hill is a safety, he had great cover skills.

Hill reported in at 5' 9", 181 with 4.7 speed. He had a 27.5" vertical.

Jamie is receiving the most early interest from Georgia Tech and USM (offered). Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida State are also on Jamie's mind.

Alex Banks

Alec Banks (CB, Gulfport, MS) - Rivaled CJ Bailey as the top cover corner at the camp. Alec had excellent technique and athleticism.

Banks came in at 5' 8", 160 and turned in a 4.59 forty. He was measured at 33.5" on the vertical jump.

Alec had 8 interceptions and 63 tackles for the Admirals.

Banks has an early list that consist of FSU, Hawaii, MSU, Oklahoma, and USC.






Carlos Meeks
Carlos Meeks (S, Jackson Provine, MS) - Although Carlos turned in a 4.9 forty, he had a good initial burst that allowed him to cover the short routes. Meeks could actually end up at linebacker on the next level, as he reported in at 6' 2", 211 and had a very good 33.5" vertical.

Meeks was a mainstay for the #1 ranked defense in Class 4A. In fact, the Rams only allowed 3 defensive touchdowns against them all year and recorded 7 shutouts for the season.

For the year, Carlos had 90 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Meeks was named 2nd Team All-State (4A) for his play on the field.

M.D. Jennings
M.D. Jennings(CB, Calhoun City, MS) - MD who? That is what everyone was asking after he turned in a 4.55 forty on his first attempt at the combine. Jennings had the fastest 40 time out of all of the skilled recruits.

M.D. was measured in at 5' 11 1/2" and was all over the place during the one on one drills. Jennings did a nice job using his speed to his advantage, as he repeatedly closed in on defenders when the ball was in the air.

MD had 70 tackles, 8 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles as a junior. Jennings' 8 picks led Class 2A in interceptions. He was named 1st Team All-State (1A) for accomplishments.

Victor Hunter
Victor Hunter (S, Warren Central, MS) - Victor picked off 5 passes as a junior and made the All-Area team.

He has a knack to know where his defender is headed and plays a physical brand of football.

Mario Cannon
Mario Cannon (CB, West Point, MS) - Mario had 105 tackles and 6 picks last season for West Point (5A).

Cannon was named 2nd Team All-State (5A) for his play on the field.

Mario checked in at 5' 8", 170, and was timed at a 4.6 forty. His vertical stood at 34".

Cannon showed great intensity and loose hips, which is a must for the corner position.

Jacques McBride
Jacques McBride(CB/WR, Wayne County, MS) - Jacques was one of the quickest players at the camp. He measured in at 5' 11", 182, and turned in a 4.7 forty.

McBride has been a part of a program that has won 2 state championships during his stay at Wayne County.

Jasper Ducksworth
(DB/RB, Mize, MS) - Jasper led the state of Mississippi in scoring last year with 30 Td's He also rushed for 1, 939 and was named Region 4(1A) Player of the Year.

Ducksworth came in at 5' 5", 164 with 4.56 speed. He is cousins with Timmy Ducksworth who currently plays for Auburn.

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