December 18, 2007
Future stars among AL-MS All-Stars
The all-stars from Mississippi dominated on the scoreboard at the 21st annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, but there was plenty of talent on hand from both teams.
Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every scouted the action and breaks down and projects some future rankings for some of the standouts from the game.
Expert's View of Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic
Alonzo Lawrence, 6-1, 187, CB, Mississippi All-Stars
Assets: A tall corner with great ball skills.
Areas of improvement: He needs to really concentrate on qualifying, it would be a shame if we can't see him play in the SEC next year.
Most impressive play: His pick six where he jumped the route and raced 94 yards to the end zone.
Conclusion: He is a major college player. He should be a national name in the recruiting front.
Charles Mitchell, 5-11, 190, DB, Mississippi All-Stars
Assets: He has good hips, and will really support the run.
Areas of improvement: He needs a little work on his ball skills.
Most impressive play: Even though he fights the ball at times, he came a long way to intercept a pass that was deflected by Lawrence in the end zone and stop a crucial Alabama drive.
Conclusion: Has the skills to be a big corner, but also plays run support very well. He can easily play cornerback or safety in college.
Bret Jefcoat, 6-1, 199, QB, Mississippi All-Stars
Assets: He has a nice release, and appears to be a very good game manager.
Areas of improvement: Needs to be a little more accurate on his deep balls.
Most impressive play: His overall versatility, he is mobile, can throw and is a pretty good kickoff guy. He was asked to do a lot all week in practice and in the game.
Conclusion: He was the best quarterback all week in practice and it showed in the game. I think you will see more offers come his way, especially from the in-state schools.
DeAndre Brown, 6-6, 208, WR, Mississippi All-Stars
Assets: Very tall at 6 feet 6, he has good hands and speed to burn.
Areas of improvement: Needs to learn to play hard on every play.
Most impressive play: His great catch over the middle that he turned into a 55-yard touchdown.
Conclusion: This kid is big time, but he needs to sew up his academics. There is no doubt he is one of the premier wide receivers in the country.
DeKendrick Moncrief , 5-11, 171, WR, Alabama All-Stars
Assets: He is quick and has great hands.
Areas of improvement: Needs to gain size, and strength.
Most impressive play: Has to be his over-the-shoulder catch for a 30-yard touchdown. He was also named the MVP for the Alabama team.
Conclusion: This kid is a solid D-I prospect, and his stock has definitely improved after a good week of practice and a sold All-Star game performance.
Burton Scott, 5-11, 194, ATH, Alabama All-Stars
Assets: He has great hands and is so versatile, he can play WR, CB, S and KR.
Areas of improvement: He needs to focus on one position on top of his return duties.
Most impressive play: His 16-yard catch over the middle in traffic.
Conclusion: This kid a great prospect, I look forward to watching help Alabama win football games.
Jerrell Harris, 6-2, 220, LB, Alabama All-Stars
Assets: Great size and speed for a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker. He is also a big hitter.
Areas for improvement: Will need to get more practice at covering backs out of the backfield, which I am confident that he can do.
Most impressive play: Coming down on the opening kickoff and making a solo tackle.
Conclusion: He could have easily been the Alabama MVP with his nine solo tackles. Whoever gets this kid is getting a great football player.
D'Antoine Hood, CB, 5-9, 185, Alabama All-Stars
Assets: Very quick and has great hips and cover skills.
Areas of improvement: Again, he is not the biggest guy, so adding strength and size will be a necessity.
Most impressive play: He had a nice pass breakup while covering the much bigger DeAndre Brown.
Conclusion: This kid's stock has really risen and schools like UAB, Southern Miss, and Troy should take notice.
Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at email@example.com
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