Dennis Thames, the 6-foot, 180 pound safety/wide receiver from Louisville, Miss., helped lead his team to a 12-4 record and the 3A state championship.
Thames finished his junior season with 97 tackles and five interceptions. He says he also had 28 touchdowns, with over 700 yards rushing and nearly 500 yards receiving.
"I have great vision," Thames said. "I watch the quarterback's eyes when I'm on defense and I read good. I also like to have fun on the field and think of myself as a team player and leader. I just do my job."
While Thames says he doesn't think he has many weakness, he admits that coaches have talked to him about "getting into my drops better" and about working on his anticipation. He says he can bench 220 pounds and squats 410. He also runs a 4.4 forty and has a 28-inch vertical jump.
Thames claims to have at least six scholarship offers: Michigan, Mississippi, Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Memphis. He said he favors Mississippi State slightly over Michigan, Arkansas, Southern Miss and Ole Miss.
"Mississippi State is only like 30 minutes from here and I watched them all the time," he said. "I would go there all the time and I know all the people there pretty well. I feel at home there and right now they are recruiting me the most."
He says that Mississippi State was also the first school to offer him last August.
Thames attended junior days at all three of the major in-state programs (Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss) and plans on going to their summer camps as well. He may also attend camps at Michigan and Arkansas.
"Michigan is a big school," he said. "They are always on TV and I like watching them play. They are recruiting me for offense (slot) and it would be an amazing opportunity to play there. I need to visit them and see what it's like. I don't care about being close to home, but I've never been to Michigan before."
He says that Arkansas is another "big-time" program that he likes. "They are kind of like Michigan," he said. "They have great tradition and a new staff coming in. I've seen them play on TV and they've played in Mississippi a few times too. I'm interested to see how they do next season. I haven't really met with the new coaches at Arkansas yet, but they sound nice over the phone."
Thames says that the Wolverines are the only program recruiting him for offense. "Ole Miss really liked me on defense," he said. "The defensive coordinator (Tyrone Nix) saw my tape and said that I could help and play early there.
"I'd like to get a chance to play early, but I really want to go to a school where I feel at home," he said. "I want to get better and play for good teachers. I'll commit late. I just want to focus on my senior year and have fun playing football."
Thames also plays baseball, but says he'll likely only do football in college.
"I don't know my GPA," he said. "I never really checked it. I took the ACT last month and I'm waiting on the results."