High School Sports

Meet the Sun Herald’s All-South Mississippi preseason football team

QB Blake Porter

Class: Senior

School: Resurrection

Breakdown: Back to lead a dangerous RCS squad after passing for 1,195 yards and 12 touchdowns with a 56.8 percent completion percentage as a junior.

RB Austin Bolton

Class: Senior

School: Poplarville

Breakdown: Shifty senior has rushed for 3,065 yards and 36 touchdowns in two seasons for Hornets.

RB Tony Brown

Class: Senior

School: East Central

Breakdown: The East Central back was among the nation’s rushing leaders last year with 3,317 yards and 41 touchdowns.

RB Keon Moore

Class: Senior

School: Harrison Central

Breakdown: In two seasons as Harrison Central’s lead back, the Red Rebel has totaled 2,791 yards and 27 touchdowns.

TE Brad Cumbest

Class: Senior

School: East Central

Breakdown: Mississippi State commit caught 30 passes for 575 yards and six touchdowns in 2016.

WR Malcolm Magee

Class: Senior

School: Ocean Springs

Breakdown: The versatile Greyhound will take a larger role in 2017 likely playing all over the field; last season Magee passed for 727 yards and nine touchdowns, rushed for 370 yards and seven scores, and then made 22 tackles.

WR De’Angelo Mayers

Class: Senior

School: Biloxi

Breakdown: Like Magee, Mayers will be all over the field for Biloxi; In 2016 he rushed for 150 yards, caught 23 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns and recorded 39 tackles.

OL Jacob Brumley

Class: Senior

School: Picayune

Breakdown: Certainly not one of the bigger linemen, Brumley will play an important role along Picayune’s rushing machine.

OL Bryce Ramsey

Class: Junior

School: Harrison Central

Breakdown: Ramsey has the size, power and dominance to be one of the top linemen in Mississippi.

OL Louis Paul Smith

Class: Junior

School: D’Iberville

Breakdown: The versatile lineman has been crucial for a Warriors team that underwent a heavy offensive transition a year ago.

OL Brandon Tartavoulle

Class: Senior

School: St. Stanislaus

Breakdown: The 6-foot-2, 280-pound lineman is likely the next big player to come out of SSC.

OL TeVaun Weatherspoon

Class: Senior

School: Moss Point

Breakdown: At 6-foot-2 and 330 pounds, Weatherspoon is a mountain of a man new head coach Eugene Harmon can count on.

DL Kendall Arrington

Class: Senior

School: Stone

Breakdown: A solid presence in the middle of the line, the senior Tomcat is coming off of a season where he recorded 72 tackles and eight sacks.

DL Jackson Byrd

Class: Senior

School: Resurrection

Breakdown: Byrd’s a true iron man for the Eagles; the 280-pound lineman recorded 66 pancake blocks on the OL as a junior plus 82 tackles and 24 TFLs on defense.

DL Brandon Cunningham

Class: Junior

School: St. Martin

Breakdown: The Miami commit will play along the offensive line, the defensive line and could even play tight end.

DL McKinnley Jackson

Class: Sophomore

School: George County

Breakdown: The super recruit backed up his offers with dominant on-field play, recording 60 tackles with 30 TFLs and 2.5 sacks as a freshman; also blocked a field goal, forced five fumbles and scored two touchdowns.

LB Karlos Dillard

Class: Senior

School: Gulfport

Breakdown: An annual contender for top defensive player of the year, the senior Admiral has recorded 230 tackles with 23 TFLs, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two blocked punts in two seasons.

LB Trenton Ladner

Class: Senior

School: Hancock

Breakdown: Ladner has been a standout for several years but really broke through as a junior when he racked up 137 tackles with 20 TFLs and four sacks.

LB Chad Searight

Class: Senior

School: D’Iberville

Breakdown: With Tyler Barnes now at Southern Miss, the Warriors’ defense is unquestionably Searight’s; experienced linebacker made 104 tackles with six TFLs, one interception and two forced fumbles in 2016.

LB Brian Taylor

Class: Senior

School: Picayune

Breakdown: Taylor plays sideline to sideline for the Maroon Tide; recorded 214 tackles, 25 TFLs, 11 sacks, 28 QB hurries, one interception and seven forced fumbles.

DB Andrew Seward

Class: Senior

School: East Central

Breakdown: Seward led the Coast in tackles a year ago with 172; he also recorded 14 TFLs and picked up a sack.

DB D.J. Travis

Class: Senior

School: Poplarville

Breakdown: Travis is arguably one of the better athletes prowling a South Mississippi secondary; recorded 26 tackles with two interceptions and seven passes defended a year ago.

DB Derek Young

Class: Senior

School: Long Beach

Breakdown: A shutdown cornerback, Young has totaled 81 tackles with five interceptions and 11 passes defended the last two seasons; if LBHS is to make a jump in 2017, Young will have to play a big role.

K/P Sean Gomez

Class: Senior

School: St. Martin

Breakdown: Gomez has long been considered a weapon for the Yellow Jackets; last year he averaged 42.3 yards per punt while also accounting for 71 points on 7 of 14 field goal attempts and 50 PATs; he also recorded 46 touchbacks on kickoffs.

ATH Ham McGee

Class: Junior

School: St. Martin

Breakdown: McGee will have about as diverse of a football card as anyone, playing all over the field on offense and defense; as a sophomore he rushed for 821 yards and six touchdowns, caught 16 passes for 144 yards and a score, and recorded 24 tackles with one sack.

ATH Jaylan Wilson

Class: Senior

School: Bay

Breakdown: As a junior, Wilson passed for 397 yards and two scores, rushed for 852 yards with 11 TDs and caught a 30-yard pass; he also recorded 18 tackles; expect more of the same in 2017.

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