I don't know much about the boys teams from up north, but here in the South we have a ton of good players. Here are the studs that I see from here. I'd love to see others views on this years Senior class.
Jacob Billingsley from Sacred Heart if fast and good finisher. He teams with John Moreno and the two of them seem like the best of the small school players in South State. They work well together and the class of this group.
Colby Krost gets a lot of ink and publicity for Bay (and it is deserved). But I think the real star of that team is Michael Stringer. Much like Billingsley and Moreno, having these two players at the 4A level doesn't seem fair to the other teams. Stringer is the most consistent of the two; Krost the most explosive. Jon Ladner at St Stan is solid, but has little help. And Cole Byrd at NE Jones is a goal scoring machine that unfortunately is a one trick pony who only scores versus inferior competition (witness last years 4-0 loss to Bay where he was almost invisible against quality competition).
(As a disclaimer to my own subject, the best 4A player in the south may be Daniel Hicks from Greene County. Big, strong as an ox and smart. He played soccer this summer in Denmark and Switzerland).
Pascagoula's Mitch Cecatiello is a cleaver player with a big foot. I know that he has a history of injuries, but when healthy, he may be the best 5A player down here. Another super 5A star is Jake Polderman of Picayune. He doesn't get the credit he deserves because he plays on a sub-par team. He's the kicker for the #1 Maroon Tide football team, so it may be a while before he gets on the soccer field.
With Ocean Springs' Chino Gonzalez playing for an academy team in Florida, the top 6A player is a bit more open. For me, 6A starts with the Admirals. Trey Wesson is a beast and works hard, harder and hardest. He does have a selfish side that shows itself sometimes, but when focused he is among the best. Omar Parra is an emerging midfielder, but too erratic for my tastes.
Brandon has several good players coming back in Jacob West, Morgan Roberson and Jarred Hollingshead. But from living down here on the coast I don't see that much of them.
Then of course there are the dreaded Hounds. With Chino gone, Eli Troutman has to start scoring more to get to the elite level (too often he choses to look good rather than score). Even then, Kevin Quist is their best player and probably the most well-rounded player on my list. He game reminds me of Eli's older brothers (Cameron and Ducky) more than does Eli. I hear that Coach French wants to move him to center-mid, but doesn't want to lose him on the back line.
You will note that I have not included any keepers on this list.