Oak Grove vs. Meridian
Chris Smith continues to impress.
Chris Smith continues to impress.
Scout.com
Posted Oct 14, 2008


Meridian knocked off arch-rival Oak Grove 42-28. The two teams are filled with prospects who will continue their playing careers beyond their high school graduations.

Scout.com Road Report
Tyler Russell Meridian HS (MS) QB / #16
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Scout's Take: Russell is really beginning to polish his game. His play fakes are very good and he is beginning to develop some real toughness in the pocket. He has added some much needed muscle and his throwing motion continues to improve. His arm strength has improved. His stock is on the rise.
Committed to Mississippi State
Chris Smith Meridian (MS) WR / #8
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Scout's Take: There is a lot to like about Chris. Chris is a great route runner and he is not scared to get hit. He loves going across the middle and making the catch to move the chains. He attracts a lot of attention and as a result his teammates are matched up in single coverage more times than not. He plays with a lot of passion and is the first guy to come up and pat a teammate on the back.
Committed to Mississippi State
Khairi Usher Meridian HS (MS) DB / #3
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Scout's Take: Usher might be the best open field tackler I have seen this season. He is spending more time at safety this year, but he has made a name for himself as one of the top squat corners in the state. Usher has great instincts and he breaks on the ball excecptionally well.
Hamp Glover Meridian HS (MS) WR/DB / #10
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Scout's Take: Glover is an interesting prospect. He plays a multitude of positions and he splits time on offense and defense. Hamp is simply a football player. He will play where ever he needs to play to help the team win. His top end speed is a bit of question mark, but he gives all he has on every play.
Marcus McQuarley Meridian HS (MS) WR / #2
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Scout's Take: Marcus has division one speed, but less than ideal size. In this day and age of the spread, he will get the chance to play somewhere. Adding 10 to 15 pounds of muscle would certainly help his cause.
J.J. HarbinMeridian HS (MS) WR / #4
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Scout's Take: J.J. came to Meridian and earned a spot on a very talented offense. He has very good hands and he is not afraid to make a play in traffic. He is not real flashy, but he does the little things well.
Kevin Roberts Meridian HS (MS) S / #5
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Scout's Take: Kevin is a bit of a tweener, but he is a good high school player. Roberts is a max effort guy. What he lacks in abilty he makes up for in desire. He may need a couple of years to develop, but he has the chance to play college ball.
Jacoby Eason Meridian HS (MS) DT / #25
C/O 2011
Scout's Take: Jacoby is the younger brother of Ole Miss' running back Cordera Eason. The younger Eason is making a name for himself in the trenches. He shows good footwork for a younger guy and he has a lot of raw potential to work with. I would not rule out a move to the offensive line at the next level.
Jordan Blankenship Oak Grove HS (MS) LB / #8
C/O 2009
Scout's Take: Jordan obviously enjoys playing the game. He has a real blue collar appeal to him. He does not shy away from contact and he is always looking to make a play. Some additional time in the weight room would help him add some bulk to his frame.
Jay Hughes Oak Grove HS (MS) RB / #3
C/O 2010
Scout's Take: Hughes is the son of Southern Miss coach Tony Hughes. Jay lines up at running back on the high school level, but his frame may lead him to the defensive secondary. More quick than fast, Hughes hits the hole wide open and is tough to contain in the second level.
Steve McNair Jr. Oak Grove HS (MS) WR / #11
C/O 2010
Scout's Take: McNair is the son of former NFL great Steve McNair. The younger McNair does not have the size of his father, but he does have a healthy dose of his athleticism. Steve is very physical and he has no trouble getting off the line. He gets open more times than not.
Robert Johnson Oak Grove HS (MS) WR / #12
C/O 2010
Scout's Take: Robert may be college ready from a physical point of view right now. He is very advanced in his development and he is a full day's work for a smaller defensive back. He could play any number of positions, but he will probably get most of his attention as a reciever.
James McMahon Oak Grove HS (MS) QB / #18
C/O 2010
Scout's Take: James is very competitive. He looks very comfortable running the option package and he is not scared to lower his shoulder and squeeze out another yard. His short and intermediate passing game is good, but he needs to work on his accuracy on passes over twenty yards.




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