A Closer look at Jamal Peters

Some point to Jamal Peters when discussing Mississippi's top prospect for the 2015 class. The 6' 3", 200-pound safety helped Bassfield to its second consecutive championship this past season.

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Peters was a stud on both sides of the ball for Bassfield last season. Defensively, he made his biggest impact with 72 tackles, nine for loss, five sacks, four passes defended, two safeties and a blocked punt.

It i's interesting watching the first team All-State selection play as the safety mostly lines up as a stand-up defensive end. He flies to the ball and gets after the ball carrier. What you notice about him is his ability to get off of his blocks and make plays, but what you also notice is his closing speed. He can chase down plays from any angle on the field. It will be interesting to see where he lands on the next level. Will he stay at safety or move to an outside linebacker spot? Our best guess is that he will move down to outside linebacker and grow into a 6' 3", 230-pound speed rusher. But if he is needed in the defensive backfield he has the athleticism and ball hawking skills to flourish.

Offensively, Peters had 10 catches for 207 yards and four touchdowns. Truth be told, Peters could be equally effectively on offense as defense but his skills will most likely be used on the defensive side of the ball on the collegiate level.

The Yellowjacket star has been offered from schools from coast to coast but look for the three in-state schools (OM, MSU, USM) along with LSU, Tennessee, and Alabama to be the main focal points come next February.

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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