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Mississippi: The Receivers
Purvis standout Markell Pack has grabbed the early recruiting headlines with offers from Mississippi State and Ole Miss. The staff at Purvis has been creative with him in an effort to increase his touches, so fans should expect to see him all over the field this fall. As his quarterback develops, look for Pack to surpass his 2012 totals of 44 grabs for 770 yards and 7 scores. Pack has game breaking potential and a ton of natural athleticism. Considered the early favorite for top billing at his position statewide, Pack has the chance to be a special player. Another prospect from the Pinebelt, Jesse Jackson, put together a strong junior campaign. Jackson hauled in 39 passes for 842 yards and 10 scores. He is a bigger, thicker receiver that could play tight end in some systems, but he seems best suited as an X receiver. Jackson has excellent hands and great body control. He can be a very physical player which will serve him well early in his career as his acclimates to the college game. The son of a former Southern Miss women's basketball player, Jackson has strong early interest from all of the in state programs. Dejarvis Chambers of Wayne County is another south Mississippi pass catcher with a bright future. Chambers is blazing fast and he has the extra gear needed to separate from the defense when the ball is in the air. In a run first offense, Chambers grabbed 23 passes for 530 yards and six touchdowns. Chambers is good in space and can make people miss, but he appears to be at his best on the dead run blowing off the top of the pass coverage. The spring evaluation period and summer camp sessions will be an important part of the recruiting process for Chambers, but he should have no problem impressing during in person workouts. Julius Craft of Mendenhall should reap the benefits of a breakout junior campiagn that featured 33 grabs for 842 yards and 10 touchdowns. On the next level, Craft will likely be a slot receiver which should provide him plenty of room to work. Craft can take the short hitch and turn a routine play into a highlight quality effort. Blessed with great vision and elusiveness, Craft is very tough to corral once he gets into the open field. A solid camp showing at Mississippi State has the Bulldogs in contact early this year. Korey Robertson of Greenwood may prove to be the top wide receiver prospect from the north half of Mississippi. A big, physical receiver, Robertson will make his college contribution as an X receiver. He has great length and a good feel for the game. Robertson understands the importance of high pointing the ball and he takes ownership of it when it is thrown in his direction more times than not. Robertson is still pretty raw in some aspects of the game, but he has the size and athleticism to be a very good college player. Ryan Golden from Lake Cormorant is a ton of fun to watch. The name of the game for Golden is speed. Once he gets a step, it is a problem for the defense. In addition to having great straight line speed, Golden has very good change of direction which makes him a real threat as a slot reciever. He is not blessed tremendous size, but in today's era of a spread offenses, there is room for a guy like Golden to be a big part of the offense. Jarva Brewer of Mendenhall spent some time at running back last fall, so his receiving stats are not truly indicative of his true potential. Despite lining up in the backfield a good bit, Brewer managed 29 catches for 543 yards and 10 touchdowns. Brewer is another big, physical guy who looks the part in pre-game warmups. When the game is on the line, Brewer appears to be at his best. He runs extremely hard and is content to power through tacklers when the need arises. There are several other names that will hit the radar this year and some of those like Jamoral Graham from Newton County and Ole Miss commitment Ronald Walker will likely find a home in the defensive secondary. Desmond Goss of Louisville, D'Marius Gilliespie of Center Hill, Allenzae Staggers of Wilkinson County and Marcus Green of North Pontotoc all turned in huge junior seasons. Their names are in the mix and could make a move upwards in the rankings with solid showings this spring and summer.
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