Once again and to no surprise, the Magnolia State turned out another solid collection of gridiron prospects for the Class of 2013. Taking an early glance at the next group - the Class of 2014 - that trend will continue within the state.
2014 OL prospect Roderick Taylor
In fact, the in-state Class of 2014 will be a bit deeper than the previous class. Here's a brief look at 24 in-state prospects to watch for the Class of 2014.
1. OL Roderick Taylor Callaway High School - Before his junior season got underway, Taylor already had offers from Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. That list of offers will only get longer this spring and summer. The Crimson Tide are believed to be the early frontrunner but his decision will also revolve around the SEC in-state programs.
2. WR/DB Devin Voorhies Wilkinson County - Voorhies lined up at quarterback this past season but could play on either side of the ball in the SEC. He committed to LSU last summer and also has offers from MSU and Ole Miss among others. No doubt other schools will come after Voorhies hard but he favored LSU well before he even got an offer from the Tigers.
3. RB Aeris Williams West Point High School - Despite facing nine defenders in the box most of the time, Williams still rushed for over 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. Holding offers from MSU and Ole Miss, Williams is considered a heavy MSU lean and should have even better numbers on the ground in 2013 due to West Point having more of a passing threat.
4. WR Markell Pack Purvis High School - Pack has earned early offers from MSU, Ole Miss and Arkansas State and will continue to draw more interest and offers down the road. In a good year for receivers in the state, Pack could end up being the best of the bunch but it is a close call. Pack noted two months ago that the Rebels were his frontrunner but since that time has noted he is looking at every school even.
5. WR Jesse Jackson Petal High School - Right behind Pack at receiver is Jackson, who also holds offers from MSU and Ole Miss. Jackson has been a constant visitor on the Bulldogs' campus and noted he camp close to committing to MSU earlier this month. Without a doubt, he is considered a heavy MSU lean.
6. ATH Jamoral Graham Newton County High School - Like Voorhies, Graham is another versatile athlete who may be a receiver or safety at the next level. Offered by MSU and Ole Miss thus far, Graham nearly committed to the Bulldogs last fall but has yet to make that call. He could take longer to eventually make his decision and the in-state rivals are both on top of his favorites list.
7. DB Alfred Dickens Olive Branch High School - Dickens has been a consistent playmaker for Olive Branch since his sophomore year and has combined for over 200 tackles the past two seasons. A physical and gifted defensive back, Dickens is also considered a heavy MSU lean and has been one of the Bulldogs' top priorities in the Magnolia State since his Big Dawg Camp showing last July.
2014 LB prospect Genard Avery
8. ATH D.K. Buford Lafayette County High School - It didn't take long for colleges to notice and notice well the elite speed of Buford last summer. That led to early offers from MSU and Ole Miss for the talented offensive prospect. Buford lined up at tailback last year and may play quarterback as a senior. Considered a slot receiver at the next level, Buford will likely be on the Rebels' 2014 commitment list soon but his MLB draft status next summer will also bear watching.
9. Breeland Speaks Callaway High School - Despite tipping the scales close to 250 pounds, Speaks displayed his athleticm as a junior by making plays at middle linebacker. Recruited strictly as a defensive lineman for the next level, Speaks owns offers from MSU and Ole Miss and is getting looks from Alabama and Georgia. Like others, he is taking a slow approach in recruiting and is one of several Division 1 prospects from Callaway.
10. DE Grant Harris Clinton High School - The tall and rangy defensive end collected his first offer last week via West Virginia. Other offers are right around the corner, likely from MSU and Ole Miss. Harris is no stranger to MSU's campus and has been on the Bulldogs' radar since last summer. Not likely to make an early decision, the Bulldogs will definitely be in the mix for Harris.
11. LB Gerri Green Greenville-Weston High School - Another defensive standout with impressive athleticism, Green also holds offers from MSU and Ole Miss and he attended a pair of Bulldog summer camps last year. Also drawing other SEC interest, Green could be one of many in-state battles for the Class of 2014. Owning the speed and size to play linebacker, Green could end up at a number of defensive positions in college.
12. LB/S Shareef White Grenada High School - White picked up an early offer from Ole Miss and is getting serious looks from MSU, Southern Miss and ULL among others, and recently attended MSU junior day. White could end up at safety or linebacker in college and has exhibited the speed to do both. Last summer he caught much attention with his talent and continued that trend in his junior campaign.
13. RB Dontavian Lee Forest County AHS - Another gifted athlete in the backfield, Lee was among numerous in-state prospects at MSU's initial junior day event earlier this month. Owning the speed and ability to break tackles, Lee is drawing interest from MSU, Ole Miss and Southern Miss and is poised for another 1,000-yard season. Expected to attend several summer camps, Lee's stock could also rise with a good summer showing.
14. S Ronald Walker Callaway High School - Another member of Callaway's talented 2014 class, Walker also made an early decision and committed to Ole Miss last year. Walker also plays receiver but appears more suited for the defensive backfield in college. MSU is also in the mix with Walker but have yet to offer.
15. DE Ken Edwards Neshoba Central High School - Similar to 2013 MSU signee Chris Jones, Edwards is still very raw and just learning at the defensive end position. Yet unlike Jones heading into his senior year, Edwards has already grabbed the attention of several schools (MSU, Alabama, Ole Miss) and is a four-star prospect by 247Sports. He has family ties with the Bulldogs, too, as the nephew of former MSU tight end Trenell Edwards and a cousin of MSU defensive tackle Josh Boyd.
2014 WR prospect Jesse Jackson
16. LB Genard Avery Grenada High School - Avery is another hard-hitting linebacker from Grenada High School and like his teammate White, he made a splash at MSU camps last summer. He was also at MSU junior day and talked well of his visit to Starkville. He is drawing interest from the trio of Division I in-state schools along with Arkansas and Michigan. Yet to receive his first offer, that will likely change this spring during the heavy evaluation period.
17. ATH C.J. Hampton Meridian High School - Hampton is another solid example of the versatile athletes in the Magnolia State for the Class of 2014. Whether it is at defensive back or receiver, Hampton is accustomed to making clutch plays. He is also an early Ole Miss commit but has noted several times that he is nowhere close to shutting down his recruitment. One of those schools still grabbing his interest is Mississippi State.
18. LB/DE Chris Matthews Olive Branch High School - Odds are pretty high that Matthews will continue to rise up this list and he is an unknown with some schools at this point. The reason for that is because Matthews missed his entire junior year due to an ACL tear. Auburn has already offered Matthews and MSU, Vanderbilt and Memphis are also now showing interest.
19. Alex Woodall McComb High School - Woodall has been a name of interest since the beginning of his sophomore season. The dual-threat quarterback improved his accuracy this past season and more importantly, he enjoyed an injury-free junior campaign. Woodall has been on MSU's radar for over a year and is also collecting other SEC interest from LSU and Ole Miss.
20. RB Preston Dedeaux Picayune High School - Dedeaux is another example of the running back depth in the state for the Class of 2014. Much like Williams and Lee, he holds good size at 5-11 and 200 pounds, and helped his team roll through an undefeated regular season in 2012. Dedeaux is collecting interest from MSU, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and ULL.
21. LB Rejohn Franklin Harrison Central High School - Last season Franklin played linebacker at nearly 250 pounds but has since slimmed down to 230 pounds. He expects to play some at defensive end as a senior and could play that same spot in college. Drawing in-state interest from MSU and USM, Franklin has often talked about his fondness of the Bulldogs' program.
22. WR Korey Robertson Greenwood High School - Another talented receiver for this class, Robertson was one of the top producers in the state last year and collected almost 1,000 receiving yards. Similar to former MSU receiver Arceto Clark with his athletic skills, Robertson is another 2014 prospect favoring MSU, largely due to his family ties to the Bulldogs (nephew of former MSU safety Gabe Wallace).
23. ATH A.J. Moore Bassfield High School - Moore left a solid impression recently at the U.S. Army All-American combine and has an early offer from Southern Miss. Mississippi State has also shown interest and Moore could end up on the defensive side in college either at safety or linebacker. His brother Calvin Moore is also another Division 1 prospect and one to watch in the Class of 2014.
24. RB Devoriae Martin Biloxi High School - Martin isn't a familiar name to most but it's hard to forget about a guy that rushed for over 1,400 yards as a sophomore at the Class 6A level. Martin missed his entire junior year after tearing his ACL last spring. It shouldn't take long for Martin to grab more interest this offseason once colleges see his recovery. Owning 4.4 speed before the injury, Martin attended a pair of MSU games last fall and has been on the Bulldogs' radar for more than a year now.