Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic
Saturday June 2nd at Ladd People's stadium
**Austin Davis, who signed with USM, was the best QB at the combine.
Austin is mobile and throws a good ball and he is a winner.
Davis is a sleeper that played in a system that ran a double wing offense which hurt him from getting recognition.
**The best running back on the Mississippi squad is West Point's Jamar Shelton. We personally had Jamar as one of the Top 10 players in the state of Mississippi, but he was not highly ranked by other services.
The USM signee runs the ball with leverage and has vision and speed and he can work it. He was easily the top tailback on the squad.
Although Shelton is shinning at tailback, USM plans to use him at CB on the next level.
**The back who received the most hype from Mississippi this year, Robert Elliott (MSU signee), looks to be very raw and likes to try and get to the edge on all of his runs. Having said that, he does have a lot of talent and is an athlete. It just might take him a few years to realize his skills.
**Another running back who stood out during the combine was Jeramie Griffin. The Alabama signee is playing a combo of tailback and fullback for the Mississippi squad.
He is just so interchangeable. Griffin is
a tailback that can hit the hole and a punishing blocker at fullback. He caught
on quickly at either spot and seems to be able to adapt on the fly.
Griffin looks to be more ready made for the college level out of all of the running backs that project to play that position on the next level, although Elliott has more upside in the long run.
**The top WR on Mississippi's squad was MSU signee, Antwon Dixon.
Antwon ran good routes and caught the ball pretty well and got it up the field. But, Dixon's body is made for safety on the next level.
**Another WR who stood out was Lumberton's Rashod Henry, who ended up signing with USM. Rashad is easily Mississippi's fastest prospect and is the type of guy that you can throw a screen, and he can take it 70 yards at the bat of an eye.
We feel like the SEC Mississippi squads missed the boat with Henry, and he is what you term as a a "difference maker". Henry will make a heck of a CB for Southern Mississippi on the next level.
**Yazoo City product, Ronnie Tubbs, who did not ink with anybody on signing day, reportedly made a late qualifying score on the ACT test, and we hear that Miami could end up signing him later.
He is a big physical WR that is a raw athlete but can play above the rim.
**The best looking OL prospect on the Mississippi squad was easily Caledonia product, Derek Sherrod, who inked with MSU.
Derek is college ready in the passing blocking department. He needs to improve a little bit on his run blocking techniques and needs to gain some upper and lower body strength. Having said that, he has all of the tools you are looking for on the SEC level. If he does not play this year for MSU, he will definitely be a force for the Dogs in '08.
**The second best looking OL prospect at the combine was Madison Central's Chaz Ramsey.
The Auburn signee is not your biggest fellow, but he possesses a winning attitude and is a very smart player out on the field. Ramsey has a competitive fire in his belly and will make a great center prospect for the Tigers.
**Michael Antonescu, the Memphis signee out of Ridgeland plays hard, smart, and finishes off his blocks. The only knock on him while he was being recruited was his height and weight. If he were 6' 5", instead of 6' 3", and weighed 15 more pounds teams like LSU, MSU, and Ole Miss would have been knocking down his door. Do not be surprised if Michael makes a lot of teams regret not signing him if he develops as we think he will during his tenure at Memphis.
**Quentin Saulsberry, the MSU signee out of Independence, you could not find a more likable and classier young man. Like Michael, his height (6' 1") is what really hurt him from becoming a high D1 prospect. But with his work ethic and attitude, he is another one that could prove some doubters wrong.
Quentin moves his feet well and is very raw but has a lot of down the road potential.
**Ra’Shad McGill out of Heidleburg, was another prospect that did not get the recognition because he came from a small school. He also did not attend many combines or college camps.
We first got a glimpse of McGill at the scout combine that was held in Oxford. He made the All-Combine team and ended up inking with Jackson State after being committed to Houston for months.
Tomorrow we will go over the defensive side of the ball for the Mississippi squad.