Scouting South Panola
Darius Barksdale is one of country's best
Darius Barksdale is one of country's best
Mississippi Scout
Posted Sep 28, 2007

South Panola brings the nation's longest winning streak and Top 5 nationally ranking to the table for two reasons, talent and coaching. We had a chance to scout the South Panola/Grenada match-up and below is our analysis from the D1 senior prospects we saw in the game.

Darius Barksdale
The 6' 0", 195 pound athlete is not only one of the top players in the state of Mississippi, but also one of the top in the country.

The Ole Miss commit is ranked by as the #4 safety prospect in the country but he could play cornerback or running back just as easily on the next level.

"Tig", as he is called by friends and people around the Batesville community, is the complete package. He has the size, vision, football smarts, and toughness it takes to not only make it on the college level but to make an immediate impact.

Darius Barksdale was injured in the 2nd quarter with a stinger to the shoulder, but he still managed to rush for 91 yards and 2 TD's on only five carries. For the season, he is averaging close to 200 yards rushing a game.

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Bud Barksdale
Bud Barksdale has also been a key component to the Tiger's 64 game wining streak.

The 5' 11", 207 pound defensive back switched back and forth between cornerback and safety during South Panola's 42- 7 victory over Grenada.

He also got in a few snaps at tailback after his first cousin, Darius Barksdale, went down with a sprained shoulder in the first half. Bud took advantage of the opportunity as he rushed for close to 100 yards and 1 TD reception on only 4 carries and 1 pass reception.

But it was on defense where the Ole Miss commit made his biggest impact, as he turned in a team high 14 tackles and took back a pick for a 70 yard TD.

In our opinion, Bud is one of the more underrated players in the South. He is physical enough to handle the safety or maybe even the outside linebacker slot on the next level but is also athletic enough to be considered the top corner in the Magnolia state this season.

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Cameron Wagner

Do you want to know the best player in Mississippi that is getting overlooked?

Look no further than the 3 Time All-State selection, Cameron Wagner.

How can a player who was the only sophomore to make the Clarion Ledger's All-State team, that also plays for the Magnolia state's most storied program, be overlooked?

That is simple; Wagner stands 5' 11", 300.

His lack of height has scared college recruiters away from this bulldog mentality offensive guard. But make no bones about it, Wagner is one of the premier players in the state of Mississippi. When looking past his height, you see a guy who simply dominates the line of scrimmage with his superb foot work and Hercules strength.

If you want to see somebody open some holes, watch #71 below.

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Quinn Sanford
"Big Q", as he is referred to by teammates and close friends, is one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Mississippi due to his desire to be one of the state's best and his God given skills.

Quinn Sanford has the footwork and frame (6' 1", 295) that is ideal for a center prospect.

Guess what? That is exactly what Ole Miss has told Sanford he will play when he arrives at the University of Mississippi.

Quinn is a three year starter for Mississippi's top offensive line and has all of the tools and desire it takes to make it in the competitive SEC conference.

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Special Note

We were not able to gather any film on DL Terrance Pope and CB Martez Austin but both have the skills to play on the D1 level.

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