Mitchell thinks his Memphis commit is better


Starkville quarterback Brady Davis is going to Memphis, at least.

Davis, who threw for 2,626 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions at a 50 percent rate last season before transferring from New Hope, committed to the Tigers on June 24.

We think he’s better than that,” Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell said.

That’s not a slight to Memphis. It’s a compliment to Davis, who is listed at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds. He impressed Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin at camp.

His offers include Alcorn State, Louisiana Tech, Eastern Michigan, South Florida, Southern Miss, Arkansas State, Troy and Mississippi Valley.

There’s nothing wrong with (mid-major offers),” Mitchell said. “He’s excited about the opportunity to go to Memphis, but we’re hoping maybe some of the bigger fish are going to start biting. He’s got to keep doing what he’s doing.”

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TCPS coach hosting invite baseball showcase


Tupelo Christian baseball coach Will Lowrey is making sure Mississippi baseball players get as many eyes on them as possible.

His first BSN Sports Mississippi Elite Underclassmen Showcase is scheduled for July 23-24 at TCPS. It’s an invitation-only, state-wide event and is free to the athletes.

“The Mississippi Elite Underclassmen Showcase is designed simply to promote Mississippi athletes to the next level,” Lowrey said via release, “as well as to educate what is needed to successfully give yourself the best chance to be recruited before it is too late.”

Lowrey has invited college and pro scouts to evaluate 130 of Mississippi’s best high school baseball players. There are two teams each for ninth-11th grades and four teams for incoming seniors. Seniors and juniors will participate on Wednesday, sophomores and freshmen on Thursday.

Prep, college and pro scouts took part in the invitation selection process. Players will go through a seven-inning game, 60-yard dash, velocity readings, shuttle runs and other skill trials.

The event is open to the public. All-day admission is $10 and concessions will be available. Lowrey intends to keep it free to players through sponsorship.

Here are the schools scheduled to attend, as well as scouts from the Royals, Reds, Twins and Nationals.

Northwestern State, Samford, Louisiana Tech, Delta State, West Alabama, Mississippi College, Blue Mountain, Belhaven, Mississippi Delta CC, Northwest CC, Northeast CC, Itawamba CC, Gulf Coast CC, Meridian, Jones CC, Hinds CC.
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SEC Media Days Video: MSU mates call Chris Jones, “freak”


HOOVER, Ala. – Chris Jones’ wild – and nationally documented – recruiting trail is way in the rear view. And his future is bright, really, really bright. The 2012 #DJournal Defensive Player of the Year made an immediate impact as a freshman at Mississippi State.

He started three games for the Bulldogs. He played in all 13. Jones finished with 32 tackles and team-highs of seven tackles-for-loss (tied with LB Benardrick McKinney) and 10 quarterback hurries.

Athlon has named the 6-foot-5, 300 defensive lineman a Preseason All-American and Monday he was named to the Lombardi watchlist.

I talked with two teammates today at SEC Media Days, McKinney and safety Jay Hughes. Both, not at the same time, called Jones a “freak.”

Here is video of McKinney and Hughes.

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Video: Can Fletcher Adams add TE to his four stars?


Brandon DT/DE Fletcher Adams is already one of Mississippi’s most feared – and coveted – defensive linemen. Friday at the National Select 7-on-7 Qualifier in Tupelo, Miss., he played tight end. College coaches haven’t yet seen that aspect, but he’s pretty sure he can do that at the collegiate level, too.

“Fletcher’s got an unbelievable motor on everything he does,” Brandon coach Brad Peterson said. “Because of what he’s been able to do out here, we’re going to put in some third down packages for him and some red zone packages.”

Here’s the 4-star, who lists his top five as Florida, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama and Missouri.

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Video: QB Hawkins talks move from Tish County




TUPELO – Florence, Ala. quarterback Blake Hawkins left Tishomingo County after last season for more than football reasons. His father works in North Alabama, so it makes family sense.

But we’d all be kidding if we didn’t think football was part of it. And it was a move he had to make.

Talked with the sizeable QB at Tupelo’s National Select 7-on-7 Qualifier about his football future and what it means to go from a 2-9 team with no prospects to a 6A school in Alabama with an Alabama commit among a handful of Division I prospects.

Here is my story and some video with Hawkins. 

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Video: Mitch Rossell on “God, Girls & Football” shoot


BOONEVILLE – Mitch Rossell shot his new video for “God, Girls & Football” this week at Northeast’s Tiger Stadium.  Here is my story in today’s #DJournal, as well as a video chat with Rossell before the Friday concert.

Shoutout Booneville for the great support.

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@brandonspeck/Mitch Rossell stretches with Booneville's Christian James.

@brandonspeck/Mitch Rossell stretches with Booneville’s Christian James.

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Video: Starkville WR Leonard Impressive at Qualifier


Why Starkville WR Raphael Leonard has no scholarship offers is beyond me. It’s also beyond his coach, Jamie Mitchell.

Here is a link to my story from today’s #DJournal on Leonard, as well as the two game-winning catches he made in the National Select 7-on-7 Qualifier in Tupelo.

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Can Gardner Minshew play major DI? Duh.




After watching Brandon quarterback Gardner Minshew lead his team to a championship in this week at the National Select 7-on-7 Qualifier  in Tupelo, I can see why the major colleges aren’t offering him.

The guy is terrible. He has great feet, zip on the ball. He can put it where only his receivers can catch it, big window or small. He makes great decisions, is clearly a leader on the field.

All he’s done in the last two seasons is throw for 5,691 yards and 51 touchdowns, while leading Brandon to a 25-5 record. He’s clearly a winner. Why would big-time DIs want that?

His coach, Brad Peterson has some great thoughts on the situation, as well. Why are the big guys not calling? Minshew has offers from UAB and Akron.

“The reasons, we don’t know,” said Peterson, before laughing. “I know everybody’s looking for 6’3, 6’4 and he’s not. He’s 6’1. Or everybody’s looking for 4.5 and he’s not. He’s a 4.9. I think if he had either one, top speed or top height,  I think he’s getting the big-time offers,” Peterson said.

His shuttle time has impressed, which relates more to his pocket speed and mobility than the coveted 40-dash.

“The thing about Gardner, he’s got the ‘it factor,’” Peterson said. “I know the college coaches hear from every high school coach, ‘Hey, my kid’s a winner.’ With that said, I’m telling you, my kid’s a winner, big-time winner. He wants the ball in his hands when it’s clutch time and we want the ball in his hands during clutch time because he’s going to find a way to make the play.”

Peterson isn’t criticizing. He understands the numbers game college coaches hang on to their jobs by. But…

“But I’m saying, they miss on kids because of that,” he said. “Why they’re not offering him, it’s numbers. It’s not film. It’s numbers. He is good enough to play at the top level, without a doubt.”

He’ll be in front of even more eyes July 17-19 at the National Select 7-on-7 Championships in hoover.

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Video: Mattox talks country video shoot


Booneville coach Mike Mattox talks about the Thursday shooting of Mitch Rossell’s new video at Northeast’s Tiger Stadium.

There will be more tonight. Here is a link to the story and a flyer with tonight’s info.

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National Select 7-on-7 Championship Bracket


Brandon went 6-0 in Pool A. In Pool B, Phenix City, Florence, Olive Branch and Starkville all went 4-2 on Thursday’s opening day. Today’s championship bracket winner advances to next week’s national championship in Hoover. Play begins at 9:30 a.m. Championship is at 2:30.

If you can’t make it to Ballard today, here is a link to a very organized app that allow you to keep up with every team in Tupelo.

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Source: New MHSAA football rotation


A person involved in the situation tells our Gene Phelps that the new rotation of the MHSAA football championships has been decided.

The championships will be a six-year rotation among Mississippi State and Ole Miss, beginning this December at Mississippi State. In 2020, Southern Miss may also get in the rotation.

But Southern will be hosting the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in 2015 and 2017. Longtime host Alabama will have it in Montgomery in 2014 and 2016.

Barring a postponement, expect an official announcement during next week’s MAC coaches meetings.

The MHSAA championships have been held at Jackson’s Veterans Memorial Stadium since 1992.


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Prospect list at today’s Tupelo 7-on-7


*List based on ESPN recruiting rankings

Traveon Samuel, Sr., Central Phenix City, ATH, Undeclared


Samuel (5-foot-7, 175), a 4-star by ESPN, is the No. 7 prospect in Alabama.


Offers from: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Jacksonville State, Lousiana-Lafayette, LSU, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Ohio State, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, UAB, Washington.


Interest from: Texas, Oregon, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Miami, Gerogia


Keaton Anderson, Sr., Florence, OLB, Committed to Alabama


Anderson (6-foot-1, 215), a 3-star by ESPN, is ranked the No. 15 prospect in Alabama.


Offers: Alabama, Arkansas State, Clemson, Duke, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisville, LSU, Miami (FL), South Florida, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Tulane, UAB.


John Broussard, Jr., Central Phenix City, CB, Undeclared


Broussard (6-foot, 164), a 4-star by ESPN, is ranked the No. 3 junior in Alabama.


Offers: Cincinnati, Clemson, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Penn State, South Carolina, Southern Miss.


Fletcher Adams, Sr., Brandon, DT, Undeclared


Adams (6-foot-1, 255), a 4-star by ESPN, is the ranked the No. 5 prospect in Mississippi.


Offers: Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Southern Miss.


Interest from: Tennessee


Fred Walls, Sr., Olive Branch, OLB, Committed to Ole Miss


Walls (6-foot, 217), a 3-star by ESPN, is ranked the No. 15 prospect in Mississippi.


Offers: Ole Miss.


Interest from: Mississippi State


Jarvis Wilson, Sr., Tupelo, DB, Committed to Mississippi State


Wilson (6-foot-1, 190), a 3-star by ESPN, is ranked the No. 17 prospect in Mississippi.


Offers: Mississippi State.


Interest from: Ole Miss


T.J. Jallow, Sr., Olive Branch, S, Committed to Louisville


Jallow (6-foot, 205), a 3-star by ESPN, is ranked the No. 20 prospect in Mississippi.


Offers: Louisville.

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