December 20, 2007

AL-MS All-Star Classic: Best of the best

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The best prospects from the states of Alabama and Mississippi took part in the recent Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.


Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barton Simmons scouted the action and breaks down the best of the best at each position.








Alabama-Mississippi Best of the Best





QUARTERBACK


Bret Jefcoat, Fulton (Miss.) Itawamba Agricultural, Louisiana Tech Commit


Jefcoat looked sharp in practice and then performed in the game as if this had been his team all year. Played with complete command, showed a good arm and athleticism. He also handled kickoff duties where most of his kicks were downed in the end zone.


Big Riser: Casey Weston, Prattville, Ala.







RUNNING BACK


Darius Barksdale, Batesville (Miss.) South Panola, Ole Miss Commit


Despite two fumbles, Barksdale rushed for a game-high 73 yards in the game and showed why he is such a productive back. He runs with great lean and balance and always gains positive yardage.


Big Riser: None






WIDE RECEIVER


Deandre Brown, Ocean Springs, Miss.


Brown overshadowed five-star Julio Jones, who was hobbled much of the week with turf toe. Brown has good speed to go with great size at 6 feet 6 and backed up his week of practice with a 55-yard TD reception in the game.


Big Riser: Dekendrick Moncrief, Prattville, Ala.







TIGHT END


Courtney Upshaw, Eufaula, Ala., Alabama Commit


Upshaw was playing out of position at tight end, but showed good athleticism during the week and despite being undersized was a very effective blocker.


Big Riser: None






OFFENSIVE LINE


Antoine McClain, Anniston, Ala.


McClain has great size without the fat. He is strong and athletic and has the most upside of any lineman on any team.


Big Risers: Tobias Smith, Columbus (Miss.) Columbus Senior, Peters Drey, Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen, Purdue Commit







DEFENSIVE LINE


Marlon Walls, Olive Branch, Miss. Ole Miss Commit


Listed as a linebacker, Walls spent much of the week with his hand down wreaking havoc off the edge. He has great speed, was very active in the game and was unblockable much of the week in pass rush drills.


Big Riser: Willie Bohannon, Mobile (Ala.) Blount






DEFENSIVE TACKLE


Willie Packer, Moss Point, Miss., Ole Miss Commit


Packer is undersized, but athletic and played a very disruptive role in Mississippi's defense. He uses his hands well and has the athleticism to be a factor in the pass rush.


Big Riser: Packer, Jomarcus Savage






LINEBACKER


Jerrell Harris, Gadsden, Ala. Gadsden City


Harris may have been the best player on the field for the Alabama team during the week. He looks the part physically, has great speed and a head-hunter's mentality. He led his team with nine tackles on gameday.


Big Riser: None






CORNERBACK


Alonzo Lawrence, Lucedale (Miss.) George County


After playing well all week against DeAndre Brown in practice, Lawrence took his game to another level in the game in his match-up against Julio Jones. Lawrence caused an interception in the end zone and had an interception of his own that he returned for a 94-yard score. He is real difference maker anytime he is on the field.


Big Riser: Lawrence and D'Antoine Hood, Phenix City (Ala.) Central-Phenix






SAFETY


Charles Mitchell, Clarksdale, Miss.


Mitchell has a great nose for the ball. He has the ability to play corner, safety or even outside linebacker. He had one interception in the game and led his team in tackles with eight.


Big Riser: None






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