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June 16, 2005
Plenty of talent in Mississsippi
The Magnolia State is often one of the most underappreciated states in the country when it comes to producing football talent. However, in the "Inside the Numbers" study done by Rivals.com in early 2004, the state of Mississippi produces more NFL players per capita than any other state in the country.
This year the top player in the Magnolia State is headed out of state to play his college football, however, the Ole Miss Rebels and Mississippi State Bulldogs will have several representatives in the top ten by signing day as well.
Meadeville (Miss.) Franklin County defensive end Marcus Tillman is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Mississippi for the class of 2006 and the No. 31 prospect in the nation overall. He has already given his commitment to the LSU Tigers. Olive Branch wide receiver Allen Walker is a big, lean wide out who is ranked as the state's No. 2 prospect and the No. 56 overall prospect in the nation.
Checking in as the No. 3 prospect in the Magnolia state is Terry, Miss. running back Anthony Dixon, who accumulated 1,877 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior. Jackson (Miss.) Callaway was the dominant linebacker of a very talented group at the Oxford NIKE camp ranks as the states No. 4 prospect.
Wide receiver Terry Levy of Kosciusko has been moving up the charts consistently over the last few months. Levy caught 25 passes for 637 yards and 11 touchdowns and is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the state. Olive Branch scores two more prospects in the top ten in addition to Walker. Quarterback Anthony Summers comes in at No. 6 and Markeith Summers come in at No. 7 in the state.
Somewhat may consider the next two in line surprises as Gautier wide receiver Jonathan Massey ranks as the No. 8 prospect in the state, while Oxford (Miss.) Lafayette County safety ranks as the state's No. 9 prospect. Meridian running back Cordera Eason rounds out the top 10.
Other notables on the list are Lumberton running back Terry Grant at No. 11 and Ocean Springs tight end Richard Dickson at No. 12. Olive Branch puts a staggering fourth prospect on the list as defensive end Victor Thomas comes in at No. 13 while Hattiesburg defensive end Milton Talbert comes in at No. 14.