Better Than Advertised

Better Than Advertised

There are several players in the state of Mississippi that have caught the eye of college recruiters, but have not quite broken through in their recruitment. It appears dozens of players will have to undergo further evaluation through this fall. Enclosed is a brief overview of some of those players fans need to keep an eye on this season.

Chandler Rogers made a name for himself by leading Brookhaven Academy to an undefeated season and a state championship last fall.

Earlier this summer, Rogers led Team Mississippi to the Southeast Regional title at the Badger Sport 7-on-7 tournament in Tuscaloosa.

He is a very heady quarterback who can make plays in a spread system. He has shown a lot of improvement over the summer and will be one college programs keep a close eye on in the early going this fall.

Joe Price of Madison Central can absolutely fly. He lines up at running back on the high school level, but he appears to be set for a future as a defense back.

Price has a lot of versatility and may not have a true position early in his career. As he learns more about man-to-man coverage he should prove to be a solid contributor. With his speed, I could see him come along as a Javier Arenas type where he gets his first look as a returner.

Kendrick Market of South Panola is pretty easy to spot on the field. Even on the Tigers' talented roster, Kendrick stands out as a football player. He moves well and he is consistently making plays on both sides of the ball.

Market is a bit of a tweener and I believe that is one of the main reasons why schools have been hesitant to offer him. He is a football player plan and simple and after a couple of state titles, he knows a thing or two about winning.

Trae Johnson of Mendenhall is an interesting prospect. He has played in a two point stance and at times with his hand on the ground as a defensive end playing basically a seven technique.

Linebacker seems to be his projected position in college, but so far schools have taken their time with him. Is he a Mike or an outside backer? It is tough to tell at this point. I believe once schools see what he can do full time at linebacker he will answer some of the questions people have about him.

Lauren Jackson has the chance to emerge as dominant player this season for Meridian. He has great size and athleticism. He knows where the weight room is and the early returns from fall practice are very, very good.

It is not an especially deep year for defensive ends in Mississippi and when it is all said and done Jackson may prove to be the top guy on the edge.

Darryan Ragsdale of Pelahatchie is one of the true sleepers in the state of Mississippi. He could play any number of positions, but it appears his position of choice is running back.

I felt he might end up at safety. After seeing him up close last fall against Pisgah and then again this summer in camp, I think he might be able to make it happen for himself as a ball carrier. He has very good feet and a swift change of direction. He will tear up his region this fall.

Darius Holder of Lumberton is another small town gem who people should hear a lot about this fall. Holder seems to be destined to make his college impact as a corner.

Darius has the confidence, speed and talent to handle his side of the field when things get tight. He will have the chance to make a lot of plays on both sides of the ball for Coach Brian Ford this fall.

Benardrick McKinney could become an outside linebacker or a tight end on the next level. He does a little bit of everything at Rosa Fort, so he is pretty well rounded as a prospect.

McKinney had some good camp showings this summer, but he never really took that step forward to claim his spot among the state's top 30. His maturation this fall will determine a lot about his college future.

Shaquille Perry of Walnut received a lot of press early on and for good reason. Perry should prove to be one of the top offensive players this fall in north Mississippi.

While things around Shaq have been quiet this summer, he is still a bona fide prospect. He picked up some early interest, but appears content to see how his senior season plays out before making a commitment to anyone.

Mykhael Quave of Gautier has picked up three early offers, but he does not appear ready to make a decision. He is listed as a tight end, but in most sets he is basically an extra tackle.

I expect Quave to slide over a slot in college and use his athleticism to play offensive tackle. He has the frame to add mass without hurting his foot speed or agility.

Brian Isaac of Natchez is another who seems to have been hit with the dreaded tweener label. Does he have the hips and speed to play corner or the size to play safety?

I believe you will see Brian end up as a safety, but I am not sure at what level just yet. He has addressed some academic concerns this summer in an effort to ensure his ability to qualify. He is doing the work and is one who should receive more interest once coaches see he is on track.

Cortez Hartzog is one of the top prospect still available on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. There have been some questions about his projected position. Is he an offensive guard or a defensive tackle? He really wants to play defense and he appears to be ready for the long haul.

Hartzog had a good summer, but he was not as active as he probably needed to be on the camp circuit. He has the size and strength to get people's attention, so he should get some additional options later in the process.

Eric Buckley of Water Valley is another tremendous player without a true home when it comes to projected position. He can play linebacker in high school, but I am not sure he has the size to play an outside backer spot on the next level.

He has very good change of direction and pretty good skills in covering. A safety spot may end up being the best option for him long term, but his versatility will make his recruitment very interesting to watch.

One of the fastest rising stars in the state may prove to be quarterback Clint Hatten of Stone High School. With a pair of offers to his credit, Clint knows he is a college quarterback prospect.

At this point I am not sure his recruitment mirrors his true ability. He will likely play his way into more options this fall as his name is more prominently mentioned.

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