MOBILE, Ala. (Dec. 2) – For 17 members of the Alabama and Mississippi teams of top collegiate prospects who are scheduled to report to Mobile on Monday for the December 12 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, there’s still one more big game left to play before arriving in the Port City.
Game officials announced on Wednesday that 17 All-Star Classic players – eight from Alabama and nine from Mississippi – will take part in the state championship games in both states which begin on Thursday, a total which also includes a new addition to the Alabama team.
Hoover linebacker John Propst, a 6-2, 215-pounder who has committed to play at West Virginia next fall, has officially been named to the Alabama roster. He replaces Deshler defensive back Deion Belue, who suffered a injury last week in his team’s state semi-final playoff loss to Cherokee County.
"John is an outstanding football player who has enjoyed an incredibly productive four-year career and will also have the chance play at the next level," said All-Star Classic Executive Director Vic Knight. "It’s great to see so many of our players taking part in this week’s championship games, as they have the opportunity to achieve the ultimate in team success."
Propst, who has recorded 490 tackles during his four-year career including 31 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback pressures, will join two other Hoover teammates on this year’s Alabama roster – wide receivers Maudrecus Huumphrey and Josh Magee.
Hoover will take on Prattville, which also features three All-Star Classic players – linebacker Quashaun Lee, defensive back Nick Perry and wide receiver/kick returner Corey Shelton -- in Friday’s AHSAA 6A Championship Game.
Other All-Star Classic players in action during this year’s Super Six include Cherokee County quarterback Coty Blanchard, who has led his Warriors to an undefeated season and a berth in the 4A championship game for the second straight year.
In Mississippi, Friday’s 6A state title game between Oak Grove and South Panola will feature five All-Star Classic players. Oak Grove is led by Southern Miss commitment Steve McNair, Jr., highly-touted running back Jay Hughes and defensive lineman Vince Taylor, a Vanderbilt commitment, against South Panola, which features All-Star Classic players Nick Parker and Devin Clark.
Both head coaches for this year’s Alabama and Mississippi squads are still vying for state championships. Hoover’s Josh Niblett is serving as the Alabama all-stars head coach this year, while team Mississippi head coach Anthony Hart has led Lafayette County to the 4A title game.
The All-Star Classic is set for Saturday, December 12, at Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The contest is nationally-televised by VERSUS with kickoff slated for 12:30 p.m.
Tickets sell for $10 each and available for purchase at www.almsclassic.com, by calling 251-344-2000, or in person at the All-Star Classic office, 105 N. Conception Street in downtown Mobile, and at Rick’s Sporting Goods, 5614 Old Shell Road.
The complete list of All-Star Classic players in the state championship games:
Alabama All-Star team members in the AHSAA Super Six:
Prattville (3) -- Quashaun Lee, LB; Nick Perry, DB; Corey Shelton, ATH
Hoover (3) -- Maudrecus Humphrey, WR; Josh Magee, WR; John Propst, LB
Cherokee County – Coty Blanchard, QB
Piedmont – Seth Reedy, OL
Mississippi All-Star team members still in the
MHSAA State Championship Games:
Oak Grove (3) – Steve McNair, Jr., WR; Jay Hughes, RB; Vince Taylor, DL
South Panola (2) – Nicholas Parker, RB; Devin Clark, DL
Aberdeen – Jamerson Love, DB
Bassfield – Justin Penn, DB
Tylertown – Jameon Lewis, QB
West Point – Curtis Virges, DL