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Rivals.com recruiting analyst Chris Nee breaks down the top 10 players who have put together the most impressive week of practices at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Mobile, Ala. The players have been in Mobile, Ala., all week for practices and other festivities in preparation for Saturday's showdown.
Top 10 Alabama-Mississippi players
1) Nickalos Brassell, ATH, Mississippi
2) Ameer Abdullah, APB, Alabama
The all-purpose back was a key component of the Alabama offensive attack in practices. He can hurt you in a number of ways. When he runs the ball, he isn't scared of going between the tackles but he displays great speed on the edge. He is an outstanding receiver for quarterbacks to dump down to. He is a player that can be put in motion and used as a slot receiver. In space, he is an explosive player capable of making a defender miss with his moves and then running away from defensive backs.
3) C.J. Johnson, LB, Mississippi
The U.S. Army All-American may just be the best player in Mississippi. He made his case this week in practices, despite missing some of Friday's final practice. Johnson is a physical specimen who has a strong, thick, chiseled body. In motion, he is very smooth when moving laterally but is a wrecking ball when he is able to simply attack downhill. Johnson is incredibly athletic for an inside linebacker and can easily cover backs out of the backfield and downfield. He is great on the attack as his instincts allow him to put himself in the right spot at the right time.
4) Devin Fosselman, WR, Mississippi
Fosselman doesn't possess great size (5-10/182), but his ability at the position allows him to play bigger than his measurements. Throughout the week of practice Fosselman was consistent at catching the ball, even poor throws from his quarterback saw him give extra effort and make some highlight reel grabs. He is quick off the line of scrimmage and when he catches a pass he moves downfield with a purpose. He isn't scared of being physical when challenged by a defensive back.
5) Sammie Coates, WR, Alabama
The best offensive lineman on the Mississippi squad is a tall, lean monster who has nimble feet and is very good at getting down the field on screens. Morris is a solid blocker in both run and pass situations, as his lateral movement is smooth but he will need to work on the quickness of his first step. When he is able to lock his long arms on a defender, he keeps them at bay and is able to establish position with his strength.
9) Marvin Shinn, WR, Alabama