Southeastern Recruiting Updates

Find out what Starkville HS LB Heath Grant, Brandon HS DB Zabran Taylor, Columbus HS OL Joey Bragg, Vicksburg HS LB Rory Johnson, Oak Grove HS LB Garry Pack and Starkville HS WR Antonio McCoy had to say about their recruitment.

Heath Grant is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker who plays for Starkville High School in Starkville, Mississippi.

One of the top players in the state of Mississippi, Heath has the honors to prove it, 2nd Team All-State and All-Region.

Heath, one of the hardest hitting linebackers in the state of Mississippi, has received an invitation to the prestigious Nike Camp, which he plans on attending.

As for college football camps, Heath hasn't really decided which camps he will attend this summer.

Although he is rehabbing from minor surgery, Heath still attends practices after working out each day. So far, he has seen coaches from Ole Miss and Louisiana Tech attend the Starkville High School practices.

With coaches now able to call prospects because of the spring evaluation period, Heath has already received his first call. "My dad said someone from Ole Miss called me," said Heath. Heath was out at the time.

Although it is very early in the recruiting process, Heath did give me a tentative list of schools that he is interested. "I like Tennessee, LSU, Colorado, Mississippi State, Alabama, Ole Miss and Nebraska."

A solid student in the classroom, Heath will qualify academically.

HEATH'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:

  • Tennessee - Medium
  • LSU - Medium
  • Colorado - Medium
  • Mississippi State - Medium
  • Alabama - Medium
  • Ole Miss - Medium
  • Nebraska - Medium

    Zabran Taylor is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back who plays for Brandon High School in Brandon, Mississippi.

    Zabran has earned numerous honors, including MAC 2nd Team All-State, All-Metro and All-Region.

    A Nike Camp invitee, Zabran also has his eye set on attending at least one other camp. "I'm thinking about going to the Southern Miss camp," said Zabran. "I haven't really thought about any others."

    Not only an exceptional football player, but a standout track performer, Zabran, who is the 3rd leg on all of his team's relays (400m, 800m and Mile), will be competing with his teammates for the track state championship this Saturday.

    As for the colleges that he is interested in, Zabran told me that, "I like Southern Miss, Georgia, Mississippi State, LSU, Tennessee and Alabama. I like them all about the same."

    ZABRAN'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:

  • Southern Miss - Medium
  • Georgia - Medium
  • Mississippi State - Medium
  • LSU - Medium
  • Tennessee - Medium
  • Alabama - Medium

    Joey Bragg is a 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman who plays for Columbus High School in Columbus, Mississippi.

    An All-Region selection this past season, Joey is another Mississippi high school player who has received an invitation to the Nike Camp.

    Not about to stop with the Nike Camp, Joey also has other camps on his mind. "I would like to go to Ole Miss, (Mississippi) State and, maybe, Nebraska," said Joey.

    Joey, along with his teammate Gabriel O'Neal, have seen several college coaches visit his school and practices. So far, he has noticed "(Mississippi) State, Ole Miss, West Virginia and Southern (Miss)" come through.

    Like so many other college prospects, he has started received his first telephone call from a coach. For Joey, his first call came from Mississippi State.

    Joey, like so many other high school prospects, has a tentative list of schools he is interested in. When asked about his tentative list, Joey said, "probably Ole Miss, Nebraska, West Virginia, State, Auburn, Arkansas and Tennessee."

    Not only is Joey a very good player on the football field, but he does just as well in the classroom. And not only has he done well in the classroom but he has already made a better than qualifying ACT score.

    Look for a lot of recruiters to make Columbus High School a high priority on their list this coming fall.

    JOEY'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:

  • Ole Miss - Medium
  • Nebraska - Medium
  • West Virginia - Medium
  • Mississippi State - Medium
  • Auburn - Medium
  • Arkansas - Medium
  • Tennessee - Medium

    Rory Johnson is a 6-foot-2, 218-pound linebacker who plays for Vicksburg High School in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

    Rory, one of the top linebackers in the south, is going to be a busy youngster this summer. His first stop will be the May 18th Nike Camp. He will follow that up with camps throughout the southeast and even into Nebraska. According to Rory, "I plan on attending camps at Nebraska, LSU, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Auburn."

    Qite a few coaches have already been to Vicksburg to see Rory and his teammates. Rory told me that he has seen coaches from, "West Virginia, USM, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Marshall," come by his school.

    Most must have liked what they saw, because, according to Rory, "they started calling the first day, May 1st."

    Among those that have called were, "Nebraska, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, West Virginia and USM."

    You may be wondering what has caused so much excitement among the coaches. Well, it is rare you see a 6-foot-2, 218-pound linebacker who runs a 10.7 100 meters. That's what Rory has run it in this spring.

    Rory, a standout track performer, also told me that he will be running in several events at this weekend's state track championship meet.

    When asked what colleges he is most interested in, Rory's comments were, "I would probably say Nebraska, Ole Miss, USM and LSU. I like Mississippi State a little bit. That's all for right now."

    Rory has really done well in the classroom this year and shouldn't have any problem qualifying academically.

    RORY'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:

  • Nebraska - High
  • Ole Miss - Medium
  • Southern Miss - Medium
  • LSU - Medium
  • Mississippi State - Low

    Garry Pack is a 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker who plays for Oak Grove High School in Oak Grove, Mississippi.

    A probable national recruit, Garry, a first-team All-State selection this past season, has already received calls from several college coaches, including, "Florida State, Auburn, Alcorn (State), Tennessee, Ole Miss and Mississippi State."

    With a Nike Camp invit in hand, Garry told me he has several other camps on his agenda as well. "I plan on going to camps at Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Texas and Tennessee."

    Garry, who lived in California for 9 years of his life, told me his top five schools are, "Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and LSU."

    Garry is an excellent student in the classroom and will easily qualify academically.

    GARRY'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:

  • Florida State - Medium
  • Florida - Medium
  • Tennessee - Medium
  • Texas - Medium
  • LSU - Medium

    Antonio McCoy is a 6-foot-1, 165-pound wide receiver who plays for Starkville High School.

    Another Mississippi high school player who has received an invitation to the Nike Camp, Antonio also plans on attending the Mississippi State summer camp.

    Like so many other prospects, he has also received his first spring evaluation call from a college coach, Southern Miss.

    His early list of schools are, "Auburn, Southern Miss, Alabama and Mississippi State."

    ANTONIO'S SCHOOLS OF INTEREST:

  • Auburn - Medium
  • Southern Miss - Medium
  • Alabama - Medium
  • Mississippi State - Low

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