Mississippi Notebook

College recruiters continue to unearth some hidden treasures in the state of Mississippi. One of the deepest classes in recent memory continues to add prospects and college scholarship offers now that the spring evaluation period is coming to a close. The number of college bound prospects is sure to grow as the summer camp sessions begin in the next few weeks.

Cleveland High School standout Jahmel McIntosh received an offer from the University of Memphis a few days ago.

McIntosh, who plays on both sides of the ball in high school, could make an impact at either receiver or safety on the next level.

Jahmel is not ready to announce his college intentions, but his most recent option is worth noting.

With nearly twenty Mississippi high school prospects for the 2011 class holding offers from Coach Larry Porter and his staff, it is clear the new regime in Memphis is serious about the Magnolia State.

In his first signing class as the Tigers' head coach Porter landed four from south of the state line.

Devin Clark of South Panola, Bakari Trotter of Horn Lake, Chris Schuetz of Southaven and Keyshun Shipp of Olive Branch all inked with Memphis earlier this year.

While three of those prospects came from the DeSoto country area that has exploded in recent years, the Tigers are looking to expand their recruiting base even further into the state of Mississippi in this and future classes.

Larry Porter and his staff signed more high school prospects from Mississippi in one class than Tommy West and his staff did in the three previous classes combined.

The new staff is yet to play their first game, but it is clear there is a new approach in the Bluff City.

What about us?

While a lot of the hype and interest in the early going of the 2011 signing class has been rightfully bestowed on an exceptionally talented in state wide receiver class, there are some other talented skill players within the talent pool.

IAHS quarterback Mikhail Miller leads the group and heads into his senior season as the state's top signal caller.

Miller holds offers from Memphis and Ole Miss and his list of options is expected to grow over the course of the summer.

Mikhail is a very versatile prospect who has an absolute rocket for an arm. He has been clocked at 90 MPH by baseball scouts, so his arm strength is bona fide and certified.

Domonique Harris of Southaven looks to be the runner up at this point. He has tremendous size and some very good athleticism. He has some versatility, so he could line up at another position other than quarterback should the need arise.

He holds an offer from Mississippi State and is receiving interest from several other programs around the south.

Chandler Rogers of Brookhaven Academy really boosted his stock a few weeks back when he led Team Mississippi to a championship at the Badger Sport 7-on-7 tournament in Tuscaloosa.

Rogers will make a return trip to the Capstone this weekend to compete in the Elite 11 camp.

Ben Stevens of West Jones is one of the top quarterback prospects in the Pine Belt and he will be a name to watch this summer and fall.

Heading down highway 49 and on to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Stone High School's Clint Hatten and Anthony D'Angelo of Long Beach High are names to file away for future reference. Both are poised for big senior seasons and both have college potential.

You have to be sound in the running game

Chelarvez Brown or Chief as he is called by locals is a name followers of high school football are very familiar with.

Brown was pretty much a one man gang last year and Winona High School was only as successful on Friday nights as he was.

Despite having some up and down games, Chief enters the 2010 season as the top running back in the state. He currently holds an offer from Mississippi State, but several schools made the drive to see Brown in person this spring.

Cedric Blue of Coahoma County picked up an offer from Arkansas State a week or so ago, his first scholarship offer. Blue is one of the top returning ground gainers in the state.

Some solid camp showings would certainly boost his stock in the eyes of some bigger programs.

Ocean Spring standout DeWayne Cherry has been making big plays for the Greyhounds his entire high school career. Memphis has offered, but folks watching his recruitment closely might want to keep an eye on the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss.

Shaquille Perry from tiny Walnut, Mississippi looks very good on film and preformed very nicely at the combine in Tupelo last spring.

Shaq is a better prospect than his recruitment shows to date. He holds offers from both Memphis and Southern Miss, but having the chance to compete head up against some of his peers from larger schools this summer on the camp circuit will open some evaluators' eyes.

Cortez Frizell was one of the most productive running backs in the state last season. Frizell nearly rushed for 2,500 yards a season ago, so he knows how to move the chains.

He will make Durant a serious threat this year and in turn likely play his way into some college options.

Byron James of Moss Point might be the best running back you have never heard of. James led the Tigers to the 5A south state championship game and averaged just under eight yard per carry in the process.

Byron amassed just under 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns last year and he is expected to be even better this year.

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