December 24, 2007

Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Awards

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The best prospects from the states of Alabama and Mississippi recently gathered in Mobile, Alabama for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.


Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every scouted the action and offers up his awards from the week in Mobile.













Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Awards





FASTEST PLAYER: Reggie Hunt RB, Daphne, Ala., Auburn commit


Hunt has the top end speed to get to the outside, and if he catches a pass out of the backfield watch out, it could be the end zone. He may not be the biggest guy, but his acceleration is incredible.


Honorable Mention: Chris Lofton, WR/CB, Prattville, Ala.







STRONGEST PLAYER: Tobias Smith, OL, Columbus, Miss.


Smith came out of nowhere. He has a great body and really man handled his teammates in practice all week. Keep an eye on this mammoth offensive guard in recruiting.


Honorable Mention: Jomarcus Savage, DT, Huntsville, Ala.






BEST HANDS: Dekendrick Moncrief, WR, Prattville, Ala.


Moncrief is another player that came in with little exposure, but with Julio Jones suffering from turf toe, he had his chance in practice and in the game to show off unbelievable hands.


Honorable Mention: Simmie Yarborough, WR, Brookhaven, Miss.







BEST ARM: Bret Jefcoat, QB, Fulton, Miss., La. Tech commit


Jefcoat has a quick release and can make those bullet passes over the middle. He clearly improved his stock and watch out for what happens in his recruiting even though he is currently committed to Louisiana Tech.


Honorable Mention: Casey Weston, QB, Prattville, Ala.


MOST ACCURATE: Jefcoat


Jefcoat really impressed me on the first day of practice, especially on the short throws and the throws over the middle. In the All-Star game he was a great field general that did not make a mistake and it reflected in the outcome of the game.


Honorable Mention: Barrett Trotter, QB, Birmingham, Ala., Auburn commit







BEST VISION: Darius Barksdale, RB, Batesville, Miss., Ole Miss commit


Barksdale seemed to have the knack of getting that extra yard in the game. He is really put together physically and always falls forward when being tackled.


Honorable Mention: Hunt






BEST AFTER THE CATCH: DeAndre Brown, WR, Ocean Springs, Miss.


Brown is the one guy at any time that can take one to the house. I saw it when he did it in the Mississippi state playoffs and he repeated the feat in the all-star game, taking a 12-yard pass 55 yards to the house and no one even touched him.


Honorable Mention: Burton Scott, ATH, Pritchard, Ala., Alabama commit






BEST COVER SKILLS: Alonzo Lawrence, CB, Lucedale, Miss.


Lawrence did a great job covering DeAndre Brown all week in practice and then repeated that in the game against Julio Jones.


Honorable Mention: D'Antoine Hood, CB, Phenix City, Ala.






BEST FEET: Antoine McClain, OT, Anniston, Ala.


McClain is a huge offensive lineman with very little body fat. He looked like a dancing bear all week in practice. He handled everyone he faced in practice as well.


Honorable Mention: Quin Sanford, OL, Batesville, Miss., Ole Miss commit






BEST CLOSING SPEED: Hood


Hood may be small in stature but he can change directions on a dime. He even had the opportunity to cover Brown a few times in the game and looked very good despite the fact he was giving up close to 10 inches.


Honorable Mention: Lawrence



BEST SURPRISE: Smith


Smith was not a household name coming into this All-Star week. But after watching him pull on trap plays, and manhandle almost everyone in one-on-ones in practice it was evident that he has tremendous potential to compete at the highest level.


Honorable Mention: Hood


BEST RUSHER: Barksdale


Barksdale was by far the leading rusher in the All-Star game averaging 4.9 yards a carry. He also was the only back not tackled for a loss that had more than five carries in the game.


Honorable Mention: Hunt







BEST TACKLER: Jerrell Harris, LB, Gadsden, Ala.


Harris was extremely impressive in practice, not giving an inch whether in full pads or not. This was reflected in the game as he was the leading tackler with nine solos.


Honorable Mention: Charles Mitchell, S, Clarksdale, Miss.


MOST PHYSICAL: Harris


Whether it is the game or on the practice field, no one is safe from Harris. Why was hitting so hard when his teammates where not in full pads?


"If they have a helmet on or any pads I'm going to hit them like it is a game…full speed," he said.


Honorable Mention: Smith


STOCK RISING: Lawrence


Lawrence is probably the hottest commodity after his strong performance in practice. He followed that up in the game, showing not only is he a tall corner but he can go 96 yards to the house on a pick six.


Honorable Mention: Willie Bohannon, DE, Mobile, Ala., Kentucky commit






STOCK DROPPING: Bo Tillman, OT, Meadville, Miss.


Tillman is as big as they get and may be able to play defensive tackle, but he registered zero tackles. I really think his best position is offensive tackle.


Honorable Mention: William Green, LB, Hoover, Ala.






SPECIAL TEAMS STUD: Scott


Scott has that natural ability to catch punts and kickoffs effortlessly. He was very exciting to watch all week in practice. He averaged 33-yards a kickoff return in the game. I just wish the Alabama team could have found more ways to get the ball in his hands.


Honorable Mention: Marlon Walls, LB, Olive Branch, Miss., Ole Miss commit






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