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December 7, 2009
Ala., Miss. all-stars set for classic
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The top teams in Alabama and Mississippi were decided over the weekend when the state championships came to a close.
Now it's time to determine which of these states is tops for football talent with the playing of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.
Players are scheduled to report to Mobile, Ala., on Monday in preparation for Saturday's game, which will be televised nationally on Versus. Rivals.com will be on hand to bring you practice updates, photo galleries, notebooks, Hot 11s, roster breakdowns with coaching staffs, daily message board updates and chats - as well as a host of other features to capture all of the action of the week.
This game has seen alumni such as Deuce McAllister, Jason Campbell, Antonio Langham and Steve McNair go on to stellar college and pro careers, and this year's roster is shaping up to be as talented a group as any that has taken the field.
The Alabama roster is headlined by five-star Alabama commit Demarcus Milliner. While he does a little bit of everything for his high school team, Milliner will be lining up in the secondary for the Alabama all-stars.
Milliner will be joined in the secondary by fellow Alabama commitments Nick Perry of Prattville and Jarrick Williams of Blount. Rounding out the secondary will be Dale Trimble of Gadsden City, who will be arriving in Mobile fresh off of an official visit to Kentucky on which he committed to the Wildcats.
Along with Williams, Perry and Milliner, the Alabama commitment list will also be represented by Corey Grant in the offensive backfield.
In-state rival Auburn has its share of commitments suiting up in Mobile as well.
Defensive line commits Kenneth Carter and Craig Sanders will be alongside each other all week at practice, while LaDarius Owens and Jawara White man the linebacking corps. Offensively, Auburn will be represented by wide receiver Jeremy Richardson.
Among the other SEC commitments on the Alabama side are Florida commit Solomon Patton at wide receiver, Arkansas commit Jeremiah Jackson at defensive tackle and Vanderbilt commit Jared Morse at defensive tackle.
Add uncommitted talents such as linebacker C.J. Mosley, cornerback Pee Wee Cobb and wide receiver Maudrecus Humphrey, and Alabama will be bringing a fantastic group of talent into Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday.
On the other sideline, Mississippi should be more than up to the task. The Mississippi squad is loaded with talent both in the trenches and at the skill positions.
One of the strengths of the Mississippi team will be at the line of scrimmage, where two pairs of teammates will be anchoring the front. On offense, Olive Branch's massive offensive tackles Damien Robinson and Shon Coleman will suit up on the same team once again. Opposite Robinson and Coleman, Madison Central standout defensive linemen Bryon Bennett and Carlton Martin will also get at least one more opportunity to play alongside each other.
Three prospects from Oak Grove will be taking the field in Mobile as well. Vince Taylor, Steve McNair Jr. and Jay Hughes will follow up their Class 6A runner-up finish with an all-star appearance. This time, they likely will be thrilled to be on the same sideline with Nicholas Parker, whose four rushing touchdowns helped lead South Panola to its record eighth state championship with a victory over Oak Grove.
While several top prospects, including Parker, Robinson, Bennett and Martin, will be heading to Mobile uncommitted, there will be a number of committed players on the Mississippi roster as well.
Southern Miss has a host of commitments competing in the game, led by athlete R.J. Spivery, quarterback Dominique Sullivan, wide receivers Markese Triplett and McNair Jr., defensive back Furious Bradley and linebacker Justin Penn.
LSU will see Travis Dickson line up at tight end for Mississippi.
Mississippi State boasts a slew of players on the Mississippi roster: DE Kaleb Eulls, QB Jameon Lewis, DB Jamerson Love, and DL Curtis Virges.
Four-stars Matthew Wells, Vincent Sanders and Carlos Thompson also should make a serious impact on the Mississippi roster.