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Tide recruits impress at Alabama-Mississippi game

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HATTIESBURG,Miss.-Forcollegefootballfans,thefinalscoreofTeamMississippi's28-21winoverTeamAlabamaintheAlabama-MississippiAll-StarClassicwasinconsequential.TheperformancesofFBS-boundprospects,ontheotherhand,carrymoreweight.BelowisarankingofprogramsbyhowtheircurrentcommitsfairedinSaturday'scontest.
1.AlabamaClickHeretoviewthisLink.
RaekwonDavis
T.J.Simmonsmadeastumblingcatchforatouchdowninthegame'sfirstquarteranddefensivelinemanRaekwonDaviskeptupthemomentumhebuiltinpracticethisweek.Daviswasdisruptiveandshowcasedthestrengthofacollege-levelprospect.QuinnenWilliamsmadehismarkonthecontestbyrecordingsixtackles,twoofwhichwentforlosses.Williamsflashedincrediblequicknessforaprospectofhislargestature.
2.FloridaClickHeretoviewthisLink.
LamicalPerine
Florida'sdayattheall-stargamewasheadlinesbya48-yardrunforrunningbackLamicalPerine,butlinebackerJeremiahMoonwassolidaswell.Herecoveredapairoffumblesandmadesixtackles.Moonhasaddedalittleweightthisyearandlooksmorecomfortableplayingdefensethanhedidayearago.GatorsdefensivebackcommitJeawonTaylorfinishedthegamewithfivetackles.
3.OleMissClickHeretoviewthisLink.
DeKaylinMetcalf
DeKaylinMetcalf's69-yardtouchdowncatchintheopeningquarterallowedtheRivals100prospecttoshowcasesometop-endspeed,whichistheoneconcernthatremainsabouthisgame.MetcalfwasthestaroftheshowforTeamMississippi.TightendOctaviousCooleywasanassetwhenitcametoblockingandmadeonecatchfor15yards.EliJohnsonwasserviceablewhilenotspectacular.DefensivelinecommitBenitoJoneswasquietaswell.
4.LouisvilleClickHeretoviewthisLink.
LamarquesThomas
Louisville'slonecommitinthegame,LamarquesThomas,wasoneoftheday'snicestsurprises.Thomascameupwithasecond-quarterinterceptionthatsawhimadjusttotheballinairandgotothegroundinordertomakethecatch.Thomasdidn'tmakemuchnoiseinpracticeduringtheweek,buthewaseffectiveenoughonSaturdaytoeraseanythingthathappenedduringworkouts.Thomas,asafety,hasdecentlengthandiscapableoflayingabighitwhenneeded.
5.AuburnClickHeretoviewthisLink.
MarlonDavidson
Auburncommitshadaprettyquietdaystatistically.DefensivebackJohnBroussardwasforcedtocovergameMVPA.J,Brownformuchofthedayandstruggledabitinthattask.Five-stardefensivelinemanMarlonDavidsonwasmoreinvolved.Hisstatswerelimitedtofourtackles,includingoneinthebackfield,buthewashisusualdisruptiveselfformostofthegameanddemandedahandfulofdoubleteams.
6.MississippiStateClickHeretoviewthisLink.
OffensivelinemanDareuanParkerwasprobablythemosteffectiveMississippiStatecommitinSaturday'sgame.TheSouthaven(Miss.)DesotoCentraltackleusedhislongarms,tallframeandviolentpunchtoholdhisownagainstastoutTeamAlabamadefensiveline.Meanwhile,BulldogsdefensivelinecommitDrelanPortermadefivetackles.
7.VanderbiltClickHeretoviewthisLink.
ZaireJones
DefensivebackcommitZaireJonesrecordedaninterceptioninthethirdquarter.Hisperformancewillberememberedforthat,buthewassolidforalargechunkofthegameandwasrarelycaughtoutofposition.JoneshasdecentsizeandquietlyhadasolidgameonSaturday.
8.MemphisClickHeretoviewthisLink.
KeonHoward
QuarterbackKeonHowardtossedthreeinterceptions,includingonethatwasreturned79yardsforatouchdownonhisteam'sopeningdrive,butalsothrewfourtouchdownpassesinthegame.Hewasunevenduringthecontestandshowedflashesofgreatnessalongwithmomentsoftotallapse.Howardhasimpressivephysicaltoolsbutwillneedtobebecomeamorerefinedquarterbackbeforehe'sreadytomakeadifferenceatMemphis.DefensivebackcommitTyrezLindseywasquietduringthegameitself,butmadenocostlymistakes.
9.SouthernMissClickHeretoviewthisLink.
Afterawonderfulweekofpractice,defensivebackcommitDemetriusMarkettookastepbackinthegame.Hewassolidincoverageonmostoccasionsbutallowedafewwidereceiverstogetopenoverthemiddleandevenbehindhim.Marketwasn'tterriblebyanystretch,buthedidn'tlooklikethestandouthebecameatpractices.LinebackerRacheemBoothewasthemostimpressiveSouthernMisscommitonSaturday.Herecordedsixtackles,includingonesackforTeamMississippi.Boothehasnicelengthandsolidspeed.HeshouldbeanimpactplayerfortheGoldenEaglesdowntheroad.
10.CaliforniaClickHeretoviewthisLink.
JordanDuncan
CalcommitJordanDuncancaughtonepassfornineyards.Afterbeingafactorinpracticeallweek,thegamedayperformancewasabitanti-climaticforDuncan,whostillusedall-starweektoraisehisstockdespiteaquietSaturday.
11.StanfordClickHeretoviewthisLink.
BaileyMcElwain
StanfordfullbackcommitBaileyMcElwainwaspulledfromthegameinthesecondquarterduetoaminorleginjury.Beforedeparting,heworkedasfullbackandalsoontheoffensivelineinspots.Hisblockingissurprisinglydevelopedforahighschoolprospect.Andwhilehecouldstandtoaddsize,hehasallthetoolstobeeffectiveasararePac-12fullback.McElwainfinishedthegamewithonecatchforthreeyards.Hewasremovedfromthegameasaprecautionarymeasure.
12. USCClick Here to view this Link.
Velus Jones
The most commotion caused by wide receiver Velus Jones was when the four-star prospect dropped a sure touchdown in the first quarter. Jones was up and down all week in practice and ended the week on a down note. He finished the game with one catch for seven yards.
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