Mississippi 2008: An Early Look at Receivers

Is Rashun the best Dixon yet?

You can never have too many playmakers on offense. The in state schools of the Magnolia State will all be looking to restock their cupboard with some local talent especially at receiver, but players with this much ability will certainly invite some out of staters looking to poach some prospects.

A list of top receivers in the state would probably have to start with the name of DeAndre Brown. The Ocean Springs product is a legitimate 6'4'' and has the athleticism that a lot of bigger guys lack.

DeAndre already holds offers from LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Tennessee. As a junior he hauled in 21 passes for 348 yards and five touchdowns. Improved quarterback play and Brown's ability to deal with double teams should help him post big numbers in 2007.

Delvin Ervin of Oak Grove was invited to attend the Scout.com All-American combine in San Antonio. As a junior, Delvin played "Robin" to Taiwan Easterling's "Batman", but still managed to reel in 56 passes for 585 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It will be interesting to see how he progresses without the talented Easterling on the other bookend.

One of the top players in the Jackson Metro Area is Provine's William Moore. The soft spoken Moore serves double duty as a prepster, but excels as a wide out. In 2006, Moore tallied 501 yards on 38 catches and 10 touchdowns.

DeMarcus Tidwell of Grenada is expected to be one of the more highly sought after players in North Mississippi. Tidwell caught 33 passes for 496 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. Tidwell is also a talented baseball prospect, so the major league baseball draft could be a factor.

The best group of wide outs may come from the 4A classification. Shannon's pass happy offense produced Romaro Miller, Ken Topps and Darrius Young over the last several years. 2007 offering Arceto Clark could be the next in line.

In 2006, Arceto caught 56 balls for 1,090 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 1,090 yards was the most among juniors.

Believe it or not there is another Dixon from Terry in the 2008 class. Rashun Dixon may be the pick of the proverbial litter. Dixon snagged 52 passes for 971 yards and eight touchdowns.

Dixon could be drafted in the Major League Baseball draft in the early rounds. At this point he is leaning towards going to college to play football, but that could certainly change as his draft status comes into focus.

Simmie Yarborough from Brookhaven may grow into a tight end, but he lines up out wide as a prepster. He caught 43 passes for 680 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Ohio State have shown early interest.

One of the top receiving targets in the 3A classification is Independence's D.J. Newson. Newson ran up 780 yards and eight touchdowns on 40 catches. Size could be an issue.

Antonio Hughes of Morton attended the Scout.com All-American combine in Oxford as a junior and held his own. Hughes ran a 4.53 40 and was second best among receivers with a 4.19 in the short shuttle. On the season, Hughes totaled 499 yards and six touchdowns on 20 catches.

One of the top weapons for the Booneville Blue Devils is Bubba Anderson. A year in the weight room would do Anderson good, but he is a playmaker already. He caught 43 passes for 591 yards and six touchdowns in 2006. He also returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown.

One of the toughest receivers to keep out of the end zone is Mitchell McCurry of East Webster. Mitchell caught fifteen touchdown passes which was good for third best in the state among receivers. He caught 40 pass total for 785 yards of offense.

This list is not meant to be all inclusive. Certainly other names will emerge, but for those looking ahead to 2008 these talented targets are a good starting point.

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